How to reduce noise pollution in homes
Unwanted noise can interfere with people’s daily routine and affect quality of life. The higher the exposure to noise pollution is and the longer people suffer from it, the worse the negative effects. Noise can affect physical health and overall well-being and touch many aspects of everyday life, including concentration, sleep and mental health.
Research shows that when people are exposed to noise, it raises the body’s stress levels which can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. With health and well-being at risk, Saint-Gobain Weber offers some easy steps to reduce noise pollution in homes.
1. Turn off devices
Computers, TVs and phones all make noise, even when they aren’t being used. Consider having a device-free bedroom.
2. Optimise for silence
Noisy appliances such as washing machines should be far away from the bedroom and living room. If this can’t be achieved, try only running them at times when they can’t disturb anyone.
3. Soundproof the house
Simple changes and improvements in the house can help to reduce noise levels. Rugs or carpet can dampen the sound of hard floors. Soundproof windows and external wall insulation can help fight outside noise.
4. Earplugs and noise cancelling headphones
Earplugs can be an easy and effective solution to provide silence at night to a good night’s sleep. Sometimes earplugs are needed during the day to help people concentrate, but noise-cancelling headphones are an alternative option.
5. Create positive sounds
There will always be a certain level of background noise. Try cancelling it out with more peaceful sounds. Wind chimes, a crackling fire, or some soothing music can all help reduce noise-related stress.
How silence at home will improve well-being
· Reduced stress: A quiet, peaceful environment will help to dispel tension in people’s body and mind. Keeping stress levels under control is important for mental health as well as people’s physical well-being. This will have a positive knock-on effect.
· Improved sleep: Sleep disturbed by noise can lead to insomnia, exhaustion and even depression. Silent nights and quiet surroundings will greatly increase quality of sleep, restfulness and focus.
· Improved memory: When people don’t have to deal with external stress from noise, they can hear themselves think and better focus on remembering – leading to improved memory.
Homeowners can also use external wall insulation (EWI) systems to improve noise levels.