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March 9, 2023
Is your relaxation time at home constantly interrupted by noise? Living in the DC or Maryland area, noise pollution becomes a part of life. But, it doesn’t have to! There are many ways that homeowners can block out noise, and some of them will even come with the added benefit of making your home more energy efficient.
At Home Energy Medics, we specialize in a variety of home upgrades that can reduce noise pollution in your Northern VA home. Whether you want to keep noise out to help your kids sleep at night or so you can record a podcast in your home, come to us when looking for soundproofing solutions.
Types of Noise
Before we dive into how to soundproof a room or your entire home, we need to talk about the different types of noise. All sound is a type of energy made from vibrations through a medium like water, air, or wood. The main types of noise that frustrate homeowners are acoustic and impact. These noises are very different in how the sound travels and require different techniques to soundproof. If you only soundproof a room for one of the two, the room will not be completely quiet.
Acoustic noise, also known as airborne noise, is when a sound travels through the air. This is a common type of noise that can transfer through walls and floors. Some examples of acoustic noises are music, talking, or television.
Impact noise is when the vibration of noise travels through something other than air. It can travel through structures and usually occurs when two or more objects collide. Some examples of impact noises are construction, footsteps, or slamming doors.
The first step to reducing the sound pollution in your home is to determine where it is coming from. By default, impact noise is more difficult to block from a room or home.
Check Windows & Doors
Poorly installed windows and doors will not only allow valuable energy to escape your home, but they’ll also allow noise to come in. Home Energy Medics can check your windows and doors, and install replacements if they’re needed.
Seal Air Leaks
Many homes have tiny leaks that move air in and out, which can also bring in noise. Air sealing stops the flow of this air by closing the gaps. In addition to keeping noise out, air sealing will also help your home maintain a more comfortable temperature and could reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs.
In order to block sound from entering your home, a barrier must be created to absorb the sound vibrations. Both cellulose insulation and spray foam insulation can effectively soundproof from outside noise. When combined with air sealing, insulation can improve noise pollution and make your home energy efficient.
Get Help from Soundproof Experts at Home Energy Medics
Whether you’re dealing with acoustic or impact noise, Home Energy Medics can help make your Maryland home quieter. Our team of soundproof experts is qualified to determine the cause of frustrating noise pollution and restore your peace and quiet. Schedule a home energy audit to get started.