Home. A place where you feel safe. A place where you can relax. A quiet peaceful place.
But what if it is not a quiet peaceful place?
We live in a world where it’s noisy. In urban areas or in the suburbs, we have to deal with noise pollution. But if we want a quiet place, do we need to move to a deserted island? That’s probably not the answer either. The waves crashing on the rocks, the cries of seagulls fighting over food can be just as bad as the traffic noise.
No matter where the sound comes from, be it noisy neighbors, traffic, lawn mowers, planes flying overhead, we want some peace and quiet inside our own homes. Instead of living with the noise. Let’s see if we can at least lessen the intrusion when we’re inside our own homes.
Close up the gaps in the house. Try and seal anything that allows noise to enter your home. Possibly there are gaps around the windows. Are the various pipes (water and gas) sealed tight? What about the wires going in or out through the walls? If nothing else, you’ll save some money on your energy bills.
Maybe you have older windows that do not reduce the incoming noise.
Is your insulation up to par? The insulation in the attic and walls doesn’t only conserve heat or cold, it can be a factor in allowing noise to enter your home.
What if you have noise emanating from within your house? Many commonly used items in the home can create noise. Computers, printers, TV’s, radio, appliances and more can create a lot of noise pollution. You can insulate the interior walls of a home, which will keep noise from leaving one room into the next. The average do it yourselfer should be able to handle these projects. And if it gives you some peace and quiet it’s well worth the effort to achieve that peace and quiet.
Of course you can always do what I do when I want some peace and quiet. I just take off my hearing aids.
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