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Can shutters help with reducing noise
2020 has not been a normal year. With the world still battling a pandemic most of us have had to adapt to new daily routines. One of the major changes has been the shift in our working environment as many of have stopped commuting as we now work from home. Although this new normal has brought many benefits to the environment such as reducing emissions and noise pollution caused by road and air travel, noise pollution has increased in other, more subtle ways.
With many people spending more time in their homes it is not surprising that noise levels in and around our homes are higher than normal. From DIY jobs to children playing in garden, from TV’s being turned up too loud to rowing household members, day to day noise levels are much more apparent.
But as well as being an annoyance, noise pollution can seriously affect our health. High blood pressure, stress, heart disease and disturbed sleep can all be the result of living in a noisy environment, and it’s not just adults that are affected. Children have been found to suffer from stress, as well as issues with attention levels and reading skills.
There are unacceptable noise levels which should be reported to your local council, but for general day to day noises there are things you can do to block them out, to help you and your family live and work more peacefully in your own home.
Here are 4 top tips to help you reduce unwanted noise in your home.
Install Window Shutters
Window shutters are one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of noise that enters your home. Our made to measure, hand crafted, high-quality wooden window shutters will create an absorbing barrier across your windows. The thick wooden structures of plantation shutters naturally absorb noise. They are the ideal window covering for those rooms which may face onto a path or street as not only do they reduce noise seeping into your home, but they also give you flexible privacy options by using the louvres. In bedrooms they help block both night-time noise and light pollution out, a great way to get a good night’s sleep for both adults and children alike.
Furniture can also help absorb noise. Place chairs and sofas strategically around your rooms to help soften the effects of outdoor noise. If you’re looking at buying a new sofa or armchair opt for a fully stuffed sofa rather than formal or modern models as they will absorb noise better. Tall bookcases or wall hung rugs can also help deaden noise if you share a wall with your neighbours.
Doors and Windows
Double glazing from around 10-15 years ago was built with a space of about 6mm between the two panes of glass. Nowadays the gap between the panes of glass tends to be 16mm. This extra increase in space not only helps to reduce noise significantly but it also helps to keep your house warmer, making your home much more energy efficient.
Create Smaller Spaces
If you have open plan living areas within your home, tracked plantation shutters will give you the choice of creating smaller, temporary spaces for peace and quiet. Using wooden shutters as room dividers are an elegant, flexible option that are not only practical but stunningly beautiful as well.
To find out more about our range of shutters and how they can help reduce noise in your home, contact us today.