Noise pollution coming from in and around our homes can be very distracting. Perhaps you work from home and struggle to concentrate thanks to the constant stream of cars passing by, or maybe even though it can be a lovely noise the dawn chorus wakes you up at 5am every morning!
While some noise is to be expected, if the constant sound of something is driving you to distraction, below are five great ways to reduce the noise pollution in your home.
Turn off your electronics
From phones charging and televisions being left on standby to computers and game systems, most of us have an abundance of electrical items in our homes. Even when they’re not in use, you may have noticed that they produce some form of noise – usually in the form of a high-pitched but barely audible screech.
If you want a quieter home, turn of your electronic items when they’re not in use. Not only will you enjoy the peace, it will also save you money on your electricity bill.
If you have wooden floors in your home, you’re probably all too familiar with the fact that they’re noisy and enable sound to travel. Lay down some rugs as this will dramatically help to dampen sounds.
Install window shutters
If you’re sick of the sound of cars passing by, aeroplanes flying over or noisy pedestrians walking past your house, solid window shutters can dramatically help to reduce outdoor noise pollution.
The high quality wood used in these products creates a barrier across your windows which absorbs any noise which would normally enter the room. As well as providing a quieter home, shutters have many other benefits. They look fantastic, they give your home additional security plus they keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Block out noisy neighbours
If you have noisy neighbours, there are several things you can do to block out unwanted sounds. The simplest is to put furniture or a big bookshelf against the wall that connects your homes. This will help to absorb some of the sound. In more extreme cases, you can insulate your walls which will also help to keep your home warmer in winter. For ultimate privacy, you can also sound-proof some or all of the rooms in your home. This is ideal if you’re also looking to block out sounds coming from within your home.
Change your doors
A noisy home can be the result of something as simple as having ineffective doors. Whether it’s your front door letting in outdoor noises or internal doors ensuring you can hear everything the people in the next room are saying, installing new ones can dramatically help to reduce noise pollution.
Try to choose a solid wood core door because they’re incredibly effective at blocking out unwanted sounds. If you want to create an extra barrier, you can also use a door seal kit. As well as being incredibly efficient, this will also stop any cold air entering your property when it’s cold outside.