If you live in an area where noise is a problem, and it bothers you, don’t think for another minute that you just have to live with it. Noise from sources like street traffic, road construction, neighbors, wildlife and Mother Nature can be dampened. Replacing your windows can reduce the amount of outside noise entering your home, just as long as your new windows feature certain design characteristics. Their efficiency also has a lot to do with how they are installed and the type of materials they’re made of.
Are you ready to make the interior of your house quieter? Here’s how to choose the right replacement windows in Peabody, MA to reduce outdoor noise.
Consider glass thickness
One of the first things to consider when getting replacement windows to reduce noise pollution is the thickness of the glass. The thickness of the glass panes has a direct effect on the windows’ ability to block noise from entering your home, but it’s not the most notable factor. Take, for example, dual-pane window glass that is three millimeters thick. This window actually ended up transmitting more sound than similar windows with five millimeter glass, although a three-millimeter window with more air space between panes displayed more noise resistance than a five-millimeter window with less air space.
Assess air space between panes
When it comes to effective noise reducing barriers, it’s been found that the air space between panes of window glass play a huge role—windows with wider spaces are better at blocking out sound. Additionally, the spaces used to separate the panes play a part in a window’s ability to reduce noise. If spacers are made from a material designed to absorb acoustic energy, then the window will soak up sound waves in an effort to prevent sound from reaching the interior pane of glass and coming through the window.
Have a good window seal
Air leakage around or through residential windows contributes to wasted energy and high heating or cooling bills. As logic would have it, a window that leaks air will also let outside noise sneak through gaps. To prevent gaps, and therefore reduce noise transmission, select a quality window that fits into the window space. Then, have it installed and sealed by a professional to ensure there’s no air leakage around the frame.
Look at awnings
Awning or casement windows that are designed to swing outward may actually bring noise into your home when open. You can use these types of windows to reduce outside noise by installing ones that open toward the source of the noise. When left open, the window can block bothersome noise instead of inviting it inside.
Here at C & D Replacement Window Co., we offer some of the highest quality replacement windows in Peabody, MA. Whether you are interested in installing storm windows, double- or triple-pane windows, bay windows, basement windows or another window design, we’ve got you covered. Call us to learn more or to consult with a professional today!
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