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Noise reduction: Tips for a quiet home

Kamla Villanueva Kamla Villanueva
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We all know this: sometimes it creaks here, sometimes it rattles there, then it clanks in this corner and squeaks in that. Noise inside our own four walls can not be completely avoided, but in the long run and at a certain volume, it can really tense up the nerves. And the home is a place of rest, a place where we want a quiet and relaxing environment. Fret no further, because today, we'll show you how you can use these simple tricks to reduce the noise. From the right furniture to the planning of your living space to the appropriate devices and helpful accessories that could help repair and improve your home. With the tips that we'll provide, you will be able to create a comfortable atmosphere that benefits your ears and nerves inside your home or apartment.

Barriers

The fact is that wide open and large spacious rooms with smooth surfaces, enable noise to bounce in a manner that often intensifies the sound created. Accordingly, there are some things you can do in order to reduce echo in the house. Glass doors and windows have the advantage that they do not make any optical restrictions when it comes to allowing light to penetrate amidst the barriers, and at the same time, it helps to contain the sound. In addition, room dividers, small pieces of furniture and a combination of large closets and airy shelves can be used to break and redistribute the sound in the room. This creates barriers in large spaces that will hinder the noise levels and help you get that relaxing atmosphere that you are looking for.

Textiles

Textiles are reliable in emitting sound that will help you significantly reduce the reverberation and echo in the rooms which will ultimately lessen the noise. If you plan to use bare walls and smooth surfaces everywhere, the sound can relatively elevate small noises which could become a disturbing factor for both you and your neighbors. With the use of carpets, curtains around the windows and any kind of upholstered furniture, can wonderfully reduce noise within your four walls while providing a cozy touch. Especially in the children's room, where a certain noise level cannot be prevented, one should absolutely put on thick, fluffy carpets. These also have other advantages, because they keep their feet warm and it can also function as baby-proofing the room to protect them against injuries and as maintenance for your household items for it will not immediately break when something falls on the floor. Experts say pleats are a good choice in front of windows and walls to reduce noise. The more folds they have, the better padding it becomes against noise. If it suits your own style, you can also use modern wall carpets and textile pictures to cover those large, bare walls.

The right kitchen appliances

The kitchen is one of the most noise-intensive rooms in which dishes and other clanking sounds are hard to avoid. But here, too, you can reduce noise with some tricks the next time you shop for a new item. First and foremost is having the right electrical appliances. Dishwashers, hoods, blenders, etc., can have annoying sound that it would be hard to entertain guests. In the last few years, the manufacturers have made great progress with regard to a significant noise reduction. Modern dishwashers, for example, are now less than 50 decibels. In addition, it is advisable to pay attention to the certification when purchasing new kitchen appliances, which is are awarded for products that produce particularly low noise. This also applies to appliances outside the kitchen, such as the vacuum cleaner, the washing machine and the dryer.

Documents and glides

In the likelihood that after choosing a modern, quiet electrical device, and you find that the sound is still bisturbing, then try this out. Insulate the appliance with a rubber padding to help to reduce the heavy vibrations and rumble that creates noise. But not only electrical appliances are loud roommates in our four walls, but the contemporary slope to smooth wood, concrete or stone floors instead of carpet floors does not help to isolate household noise. Thus, through the simplest everyday movements such as walking down the stairs, the sound of chairs being dragged and the sound high-heeled shoes can also create annoying noise. You can eliminate such disturbances by using felt pads under chairs and table legs or you could even wrap them with funny chair socks and floor mats. These are nowadays available in a wide array of shapes, materials and colors, so that they can also perfectly adapt to the modern decor without being perceived as old-fashioned.

Repairs and improvements

Wood floors have the questionable talent to creak and grumble unpleasantly, especially when they have reached a certain age. This usually happens because nails have loosened. A carpenter can fix this with relatively little effort. As for the bathroom, you may have also experienced hearing the the toilet or shower make an unpleasant noise. The reason: running water produces noise as it flows through the pipes, which are transmitted by vibration to other components and can thus spread the relatively gurgling noise. To prevent this transmission, the corresponding pipes must be decoupled with pipe clips. However, these should necessarily have an insulation layer in order to develop the desired effect. Tubular shells, which can be pushed over pipes, also provide sound insulation. 

Protection against noise from outside

Not only form within the home can high noise levels get on your nerves, even the noise that comes from outside are often a considerable disturbing factor. Here are a few tips and some skillful measures to contain it. Since most of the sound penetrates through the windows, make sure that they are insulated between the window and the wall and, if necessary, seal some leaks. Roller shutters in front of the windows also provide relief from noise from the outside and guarantee quiet nights. Also the doors should be looked at closely, if one feels that too much noise penetrates from outside the house or the apartment. With a sealant, you can easily patch it up. If it is still too loud in the apartment, one should think about reinforcing their walls, which can also be built later, or use sound absorption plates, which are attached to the inner wall. Suspended ceilings with integrated insulation can also reduce noise.

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