Tips for a Quieter Home After Soundproof Insulation
At Valley Insulation, LLC, we know that home insulation and commercial insulation offer benefits beyond just keeping you comfortable when you’re indoors. Soundproof insulation is a great example of this, and we’ve covered the use of soundproof insulation for specific purposes in a previous blog.
But, soundproof insulation can also offer an overall benefit in making your home a quieter, more relaxing space. In this blog, we’re going to offer you some tips on how to reduce the level of ambient noise in your home. Combining these tips with expertly-installed soundproof insulation from Valley Insulation, LLC will help you achieve true peace and quiet.
Thicker Materials Will Absorb Sound
When it comes to reducing the ambient noise of your home—both from outside and in—one of the keys is using thicker, heavier material. If your house or apartment has wood floors, bare walls, sparse furniture and thin curtains or blinds on the windows, it’s going to be noisy.
Sounds you, your roommates, family, pets, and your appliances make will be amplified. You’ll also find more sound leaking in from outside. Carpet or rugs on the floor and thicker curtains will make a huge difference, as thicker material acts as a buffer. Not only will it reduce the indoor echo, but it will also help your soundproof insulation to reduce outside noises getting in.
Invest in Weather Stripping
Weather stripping isn’t just to keep out the elements. It can also make a surprisingly significant difference to sound from outside getting in. Running weather stripping around the edges of any doors that lead outside your home will insulate against the sound of traffic, weather, or your neighbor’s endlessly barking dog.
Get Sound Insulated Doors
For inside your home, you could also invest in heavier, thicker doors. Most homes have doors that are designed to be hollow and lightweight. This is great for convenience and cost, but not so great for insulating against sound. Fitting your home with heavy, solid wood or composite doors will cut back greatly on the sound from room-to-room. For added insulation, you could also use the same weather stripping on your interior doors.
How Loud Are Your Appliances?
Washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and microwaves are all essential appliances, and most of us are so used to the convenience they offer we feel like we couldn’t live without them. Unfortunately, most of them are loud. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, or simply don’t have extra space for your washer, you likely have to put up with loud spin cycles or the droning hum of a dryer on a regular basis.
If your budget allows it, think about shopping for appliances that are marketed specifically to be quiet. While they won’t be silent, many modern appliances are designed to be more friendly to your domestic peace and quiet. Otherwise, think again about the area you put these appliances and if there is anything you can add to buffer the sounds they make.
If you have any older appliances that are making significant or unusual noise, they might need to be repaired or replaced.
Ask Us About Soundproof Insulation
Whether you’re looking to block out the bustling sounds of the outside world, or you’re looking to improve your home or commercial insulation, we’re here to help. We’ve been supplying insulation installation and repair services since 1977, and we’re dedicated to giving each client a customized solution with the best customer service. Take a look at our insulation services, or get in touch with Valley Insulation, LLC today.