It’s pretty much impossible to escape noise entirely (especially if you have a toddler), but having a serene and peaceful home environment where the sounds you hear are the sounds you want to be hearing (most of the time) can be an integral part of wellness. The following will explore seven things you can do to reduce noise in your home. Attention will be paid both to exterior sound coming in from the outside world and interior sound being caused by some problems in your home.
Why Reduce Noise?
If you’re not yet convinced you need to be thinking about the sound in your home, consider the science. Prolonged exposure to noise isn’t good for us. Humans have developed in environments drastically different than the ones we live in now. Constant noise can damage your hearing (especially if it’s loud), cause inflammation in the brain (which is linked to many serious health conditions, including dementia), elevate cortisol production (the stress hormone), increase anxiety, and lower mood. Humans need some quiet time. Especially when they’re at home with their loved ones, winding down from a long day.
Replace Your Flooring
It might feel strange to think about, but noise can travel through your floors. Not only do certain flooring materials create more sound as you walk across them, but they also can act as a barrier stopping sound from below from entering your floor or room. It can take a bit of time to research the best soundproof carpet and flooring materials, but the time will be well-rewarded. Be sure to think about how hard you and your household are on your floors when making your choice of material. Be honest about the wear and tear your home could expect, and plan accordingly.
Insulation is what goes on between the layers of your walls and roof. It’s what keeps your home from being exactly the temperature it is outside (in turn, lowering your utility bills), but it also can do wonders for reducing noise. This is a particularly good choice for someone who is frustrated by the noise of neighbors or the town outside. While working on insulation, be sure that you’re sealing up any holes and cracks thoroughly.
Examine Your Doors And Windows
The areas surrounding doors and windows can often have gaps or cracks where cold, heat, and sound can get into your home. Tightening up any openings around windows and doors wither by weatherstripping or caulking edges can make a massive difference in the amount of exterior noise you feel inside your home. This tip will also often save you a bit of money on utilities, so it’s a win-win.
Replace Old Appliances
Old refrigerators and stoves can have a minute but incredibly irritating ring to them. Sometimes the sound they make can be altered with a good, clean repair job, but sometimes an appliance is just on its last legs. It’s possible you’ve been living with the sound for so long, you’ve forgotten it was even there. Take the time to find new, quiet-running appliances, as these can mean the difference between a serene home and one that is just a bit audibly uncomfortable.
Add More Curtains
If your windows don’t have any coverings, you’ll likely be getting more noise than you need to be. Heavier drapes are much better at reducing glass than thin windows are. If the noise is especially absurd, you can find sound-absorbing curtains on the market, which are often made with a layer of thick wool inside the fabric to help reduce sound.
Line Walls With Furniture
This tip is especially important for anyone living in an apartment with a noisy neighbor through the wall. Something like a bookcase or cabinet pressed against that wall can help reduce the amount of sound that travels through to your ears. If the bookcase is full of books or cloth materials (like linens, towels, or blankets), the effect is even more profound.
Change Old Light Bulbs
Similar to old appliances, dated lightbulbs can have a bit of a buzzing sound to them. Replacing bulbs is cheap and easy and can create a more peaceful environment. If you’re particularly sensitive to the sound of light bulbs, you can also find ones designed specifically to be silent on the market. They’re not much more expensive than the standard bulbs.
The above tips should help you cultivate a more quiet space. Taking the time to ensure that you’re getting adequate rest and relaxation is a crucial part of having a high quality of life. Putting up with irritating sounds isn’t something you should have to do for very long, and it isn’t something you should accept as just part of life.
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