If you live in a busy city environment, you’ve probably got a lot of exterior noise that you’d rather live without. Even if you’re out in the suburbs or a more rural area, having windows that can dampen exterior noise can help create a calmer, more soothing environment in your home that is also conducive to better sleep at night.
This is one of the biggest benefits of window replacement in Santa Fe, NM—newer windows generally have advanced technology that makes it easier to cut down on the amount of sound that enters your home.
Beyond just fully replacing your windows, there are other steps you can take to reduce the noise that enters your home from the outside world. Here are some tips you might consider trying out for yourself if noise reduction is important to you:
- Window inserts: Window inserts are special panels that are designed to cover either the inside or outside of your current windows. These inserts are clear, so they won’t have any effect on the look of your windows—they should appear invisible from both the inside and outside of your home. The way you install these inserts will vary depending on the type you purchase—some will stick magnetically to the frame, while others get inserted with their own frame right into the window sill. Putting these inserts on any windows you have right next to a noisy street can really help you to cut down on noise. They also have the side benefits of adding more insulation to your home, which can help you regulate your interior temperature better.
- Lock windows: Lock all of the windows in your home to make sure the seals are tight when you have them closed. It’s not enough to just slide or lower the windows—this might leave a gap in the seal between the window and the frame around it. This also helps you to create a sound barrier between your home and the exterior noise, because not as much air is coming into your home.
- Weather stripping: There are weather stripping options you can install along window sashes to create a better seal as well. You’ll be able to find a lot of these options at your local hardware store or home goods store. Raise the sash, measure out the length and then measure out that same length on the weather stripping and cut it so it will fit right along the bottom of the sash. When it’s all installed, you should have about a quarter inch of extra stripping on each end.
- Heavyweight curtains: Dual-layer curtains can cut down on the amount of noise that enters your home as well. They can also add a sense of style to your home, and are highly customizable in terms of the patterns you choose.
For more tips about how you can adjust your windows to cut down on exterior noise that enters your home, contact Santa Fe Glass & Mirror about window replacement in Santa Fe, NM.
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