How do you deal with highway noise? It can be frustrating to have traffic so close to your home, but there are ways to mitigate the noise.
One way is soundproofing. Soundproof windows and doors help keep out unwanted external noises while still allowing fresh air into your home. A few other things you might try are installing a white noise machine or playing low-level music inside of your house while living on a busy street.
What have you done in the past to counteract this type of nuisance? Below are some of the ways to mitigate highway noise:
1. Install a noise barrier.
Installing a noise barrier fence around your home can help block out unwanted noises. Find solid structure to serve as the base foundation to which the barriers are set up so that they can stand sturdy and serve their purpose.
Apart from preventing highway noise from entering the home, noise barriers also create a private space where you will not be bothered by people passing by, including potential intruders.
Do take note of laws about constructing fences, and make sure you are installing the barriers within your property. It is also best to be aware about standards on noise mitigation so that you can get the sound barrier that matches your needs.
2. Utilise the calming effects of running water.
Running water is both relaxing and soothing, but its most important function for the home may be how it drowns out other unwanted sounds. Unlike running faucets or dishwashers which can come with some ambiance as they gurgle their way through mundane tasks in your kitchen sink, flowing streams are always quite beautiful to listen to — especially when there’s no loud lawnmower drowning them out.
You can utilise the effects of running water by placing a small fountain inside the house. It can be situated in an indoor garden or near the living room window to create a zen space. The sound of running water helps mitigate the outdoor noise from dominating the interiors of the house while at the same time create a calming ambiance indoors.
3. Seal the windows.
If your windows are facing the road, it is best to keep them closed. Hanging heavy velvet curtains likewise help reduce noise from outside! The thickness of fabric combined with a closed window will serve as an effective barrier that blocks excess sound and keeps tranquillity at home throughout all times of day or night – even on busy streets where traffic can be heard up close without obstruction by walls.
If you have caulking around the windows, make sure it’s still in place. If not, repair or reseal it with caulk before checking your sound levels – if there are gaps between cracks that may be leaking air and noise into the home!
If living on an apartment floor means keeping quiet hours at night time then consider using weatherstripping inside doors as well so they close completely without any gap whatsoever (especially for those who live next door).