8 Ways to Insulate Your Home From Noise and Improve Your Well-Being
You can reduce the noise that enters your home, either produced by annoying neighbors or street traffic, with some elements that you already have or you can make some adaptations that isolate it.
5-Minute Crafts will show you 8 tips so that you can noticeably reduce the noise level in your home.
1. Get a rug
- Place a rug that you like in the living room or bedroom. Low pile rugs work best.
Rugs can accentuate noise and control reverberation or the degree to which sound lingers in the room, which is very useful in homes with a lot of echoes.
2. Hang pictures and mirrors
- Hang several pictures, wall-to-wall if possible, for best results.
Pictures and mirrors act in the same way as acoustic barriers do outdoors. Therefore, they can help you reduce both noise and internal echoes in a room.
3. Use thick curtains
- You can use velvet curtains, and if they are made of simple fabric, you can double them up and gather them to absorb noise much better.
Soundproof curtains are perfect to significantly reduce the noise coming from the street, whether from traffic, passers-by, or horns.
4. Arrange furniture against the wall
- Take a wooden shelf or piece of furniture and place it on the wall facing the street or hallway where the noise is coming from.
Wooden furniture offers good acoustic insulation. Because of its porosity, it absorbs the waves and transforms them, making it more difficult for them to pass.
5. Seal doors and windows
- Measure the space under the door, cut tape or weather-stripping, clean the space where you are going to place it, and make sure it adheres well.
- Check the windows for cracks and use tempered glass to avoid the annoying vibration of the windows. If they are made of another type of material, seal the edges with silicone.
6. Mask noise
- Place a music player in the middle of the room where you have furniture. This way, you will be able to mask the noise produced by conversations inside your house, since the lower frequencies mask the higher ones.
7. Install absorbent green roofs
- Place green roofs in the form of vertical gardens on terraces or balconies, so that they can function as acoustic insulators.
Dense barriers are particularly good at dampening sound, as the noise will have to hit many leaves, and this reduces some of the energy of the sound waves.
8. Insulate the room
- Place a false ceiling that is 10 centimeters away from the original, this will allow you to add an air chamber to reduce noise. If you notice it is coming from the other side of the wall, use drywall and create an air chamber, preferably filled with an insulating material, to make a double wall.