Four Simple Ways to Improve Noisy Home Syndrome

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Do you have a noisy house? Older homes frequently have this problem because of thinner wall structures that homes used to be built with. Newer homes also run across noisy house syndrome due to the common concept floor plan and high ceilings that promotes sound being carried across the space. New homes are also often built with light weight materials that may be more efficient, but create less of a barrier to sound between rooms. To add to the problem, we have more noise-making electronics and devices than ever in the past.

Whatever the cause of your noisy home, you might find it a significant distraction when you need to concentrate on something, annoying when you are trying to relax, and downright disruptive when you want to sleep. If you are struggling with noisy house syndrome in your home, consider these simple techniques for reducing the sound waves in your home.

Four Simple Ways to Improve Noisy Home Syndrome

  1. Invest in soundproof wall panels.

    If you’ve ever knocked on a hollow surface and compared it to the sound made when you knock on a solid surface, you probably already know that the hollow surface makes a much louder noise than the solid surface. That’s because hard surface within the item makes the sound waves bounce back and forth, making the sound longer and louder. In contrast, a solid item absorbs the noise, making it softer.

    Soundproof wall panels essentially does this for you throughout your home. When you use soundproof wall panels, the noise made within your home gets absorbed instead of bouncy around the hollow space of the room, raising a racket.

    Soundproof wall panels come in a variety of shapes and sizes; the right sound insulation panels for you depend on the setup and challenges of your home. Some acoustic building products are added to the home within the walls during construction. Acoustic ceiling products prevent noise from bouncing off of high ceilings. Other acoustic wall coverings look like decorative art pieces, so not the disrupt the look and ambiance of the home.

  2. Say “No!” to noisemakers.

    We aren’t saying that you should send your kids to boarding school. Kids make noise and that’s something that we can’t help with. However, one of the most common features that modern appliances offer is to run quietly. When the dishwasher bites the dust, spend a little extra money on the premium model that makes no noise when it’s operating. Another simple opportunity to reduce the noise in your home is by changing out ceiling fans with modern, silent models. While you can’t always get your kids to be silent, removing the noisemakers that you do have control over will reduce the amount of background noise in your home. And sometimes, being in a quiet environment chills the kids out too.

    While we’re on the subject, even the older appliances that you aren’t ready to replace can be quieted if they are put in good working order. Sometimes just calling a serviceman to check out your appliance will really lower the decibels.

  3. Install solid doors.

    As you know, the thickness of the walls contributes to its ability to transfer sound. The biggest opening in the wall is obviously the doorway, and thus the biggest vulnerability in the transfer of noise. If your home has hollow doors, the sound can freely move through it (and amplify it, if you consider the hollow vs. solid example above), and continue to wreak havoc across the home. One great way to reduce the noise that get’s through the door is by replacing your doors with ones made of solid wood. That way, when one side of the wall receives noise, the door absorbs it.

  4. Add weather stripping.

    Even if you have solid doors throughout your home, you still might be experiencing noisy home syndrome because the gap between the door and the door way allows noise to freely pass through. This can easily be fixed by a simple foam weather stripping around the door to close the gap and prevent sound from passing from room to room.

Do you have any other great tips for preventing sound from bouncing around a house? Please share them in the comment section below.

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