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How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Northern Virginia

How to Increase Soundproofing for Windows in Northern Virginia

Your Northern Virginia home is meant to be a calming escape from the daily grind. It’s hard to embrace that when you’re dealing with unwanted sound from the world outside.

Maybe you can’t get well rested because your neighbor’s loud dog is an early bird. Or maybe annoying traffic sounds are bothering an afternoon set aside for reading.

All that external noise isn’t just aggravating. It’s damaging to your well-being. From increasing stress levels to broken sleep schedules, continued exposure to loud noise can have real health effects. And that’s not even acknowledging the damage it can do to your hearing.

What’s even worse than what harmful noise can do to your health? It’s a major prevalence in the daily lives of Americans. A study finished in 2017 by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics found that 97% of the U.S. population is exposed to harmful levels of noise.1

What Can I Do to Decrease Outdoor Noise in My House?

If you want to reduce the noise in your home, there are a variety of soundproofing possibilities you can try on your own. From window treatments to making a cover, here’s what you can do yourself to generate a quieter environment.

  • Try New Interior Design.

    You can make an incredible difference without modifying the foundation of your home. Try adding some hefty blackout curtains to decrease noise. A rug on wood floors can stop sound waves and prevent echoing. Wall hangings—like art or tapestries—can be useful too. And these items are uncomplicated to install. Read more from a design expert here.
  • Add Soundproof Curtains.

    If other measures just aren’t making a difference, you can try using more radical soundproofing solutions. Soundproof curtains can help, but they’re heavy and can be difficult to maneuver. You can also add a glass sound barrier to your current window with a soundproofing kit—but you need to double check it’s a perfect fit to keep out noise pollution. You can also cover the windows in your home with soundproof blankets or sound-blocking acoustic panels, but you will no longer have your windows for a view and sunlight.

What Can Pella Do to Help?

While there are one or two DIY answers that can help with noise dampening, sometimes the best investment is new windows. They’re a more lasting solution—and they’re a lot nicer looking than your other options.

With the Pella® Lifestyle Series, multiple panes of glass make a barrier between your home and the noise around you. And with performance options that reduce 52% more sound than single-pane windows, you’ll be able to relax better than ever before.2

Beyond its soundproofing ability, our windows offer one more advantage in energy efficiency. While adding curtains or sealing gaps can also give you a hand in keeping energy costs from climbing, very few solutions can equal the Pella Lifestyle Series. In fact, the Pella Lifestyle Series has an option that is on average 83% more energy efficient than single-pane windows.3

If you’re tired of hearing unwanted noise from outside your home, Pella of Northern Virginia can help. We’ll walk you through your window selections to reduce sound and help you find the solution that works for your home. Give us a call at 571-292-3519 or stop by our Pella Showroom.

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1 Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2017.
2Reduction in sound based on OITC ratings of Pella Lifestyle Series windows with respective performance package compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window with an OITC of 19. Calculated by using the sound transmission loss values in the 80 to 4000 Hz range as measured in accordance with ASTM E-90(09). Actual results may vary.
3Window energy efficiency calculated in a computer simulation using RESFEN 6.0 default parameters for a 2000-square-foot new construction single-story home when Pella Lifestyle Series windows with the respective performance package are compared to a single-pane wood or vinyl window. The energy efficiency and actual savings will vary by location. The average window energy efficiency is based on a national average of 94 modeled cities across the country and weighting based on population. For more details see pella.com/methodology.

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