Since urban dwelling first evolved, keeping our homes quiet has been a concern for different cultures. If you research the history of medieval Europe and ancient Rome, you will discover that strict rules were set regarding the speed of chariots and use of horse carriages at night. Now in the contemporary world noise pollution is getting out of hand. Either in walking in the part of walking to work, we are exposed to all sorts of noises from traffic lights, vehicles, construction works to speakers and television pumping out music. At times the noise is so much we can’t wait to reach home and give our ears and mind a break. After shutting the front door behind you, you discover that noises don’t subside.
If that’s the case, here are some tips by DIY soundproofing guy Andrew Mat to help you create a quiet home environment. Whatever works for you, ensure that you implement it right away.
Dealing with Outside Noises
Use Soundproof Curtains
Okay, let’s agree on one thing. If you find that outside noises such as neighbor’s dog barking or traffic noises are making entry into your home, it’s time for some DIY activities. Have you ever heard about noise reducing/dampening curtains or drapes?
These are not the ordinary curtains you use in your homes. Soundproofing curtains are made of heavy materials, and if you understand the basics of how sound travels, then you will know that a barrier can block out the sound.
You can find the curtains on Amazon or by visiting your local store. But remember, the curtains should extend by 2-inches on either side of the window’s width, and they should stretch all the way to the ground. For better results, you can hang two curtains.
Soundproof Your Entire House
To block out the external noise problem, the best thing you can do is to soundproof your entire house. You can either hire a professional to do the soundproofing work for you, but trust me it going to be an expensive venture. You will likely spend at least $1000- here’s an article that breaks down the costs.
Alternatively, you can use the cheaper method, but it will require your time. You will need to spend your time soundproofing the walls, ceilings, and floors. The only costs you will incur are the soundproofing materials.
Dealing With Noises From Your Home
At times not only the outside sounds affect our wellbeing. Noises from our own homes can become irritating and unbearable for anyone seeking a haven after a busy day at work. So how do you deal with such nuisances that come from your own house? Below are some remedies:
Create Beautiful Sounds
Research conducted at Pennsylvania State University indicated that natural sounds play a vital role in elevating mood especially to individuals faced with stress. You can create soundscape relaxing tones in your home environment by doing the following:
- Create indoor water features- fountains that involve running water over materials like bamboo or pebbles.
- You can play CDs of natural’s soundscapes like birdsong, rain, waves, and waterfalls.
- You can also find a lovely song that’ll signal you
- You can also plant some pot plants in your house to acts as a barrier to sound
Create a Quiet Table
Between people talking, phones ringing, music from the television, sitting down to eat dinner can become less relaxing and hence affecting your ability to digest and assimilate nutrients from any meal properly.
So what’s the better approach?
Make your dinner time a noise-free period of the day. In his book, The Alkaline Cure, the director of Mayr Health Centre in Austria Stephan Domenig states that proper digestion begins in the mouth. So it’s important for food to spend enough time in the mouth to allow it to mix with saliva which plays an important role in digestion. He further states that silence during any meal time encourages you to eat slowly and mindfully. Chewing enhances pre-digestion, and so that important nutrients are absorbed.
Cooling and Heating Systems
Whether you are trying to kick back and read a novel or want to enjoy hot, noisy heaters and fans can become irritating buzz that might be affecting you without even realizing it.
So how can you make sure that such background buzz won’t affect your wellbeing at home? Below are some tips:
- When building your kitchen, locate the stovetop and the oven near several windows if possible. You can open them instead of turning on the fan.
- Invest in some high-quality quiet fans- but be sure you’re going to spend extra dollars on this than traditional fans.
- Utilize open windows and quiet fans instead of suction fans.
- Ensure that the vents are well cleaned because a pile of dust can significantly increase noise.