Are you sleeping soundly? How about being able to work in peace?
If you’re experiencing noise pollution in your home or commercial building, the chances are you answered ‘no’ to either of the above questions. You don’t need us to tell you how negatively noise pollution can affect you, especially if you’re unable to think clearly or simply fed up with the whole debacle.
Reducing noise pollution is naturally a priority for anyone experiencing unwanted noises, whether it’s just a busy road or affecting workplace health and wellbeing. The good news is that whatever noise is polluting your home or building, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce, or in some cases eliminate the noise altogether.
Here is our guide on where to start.
What Is Noise Pollution?
Noise pollution is a loud or repetitive sound that is causing a nuisance or distress. Specifically, The World Health Organization (WHO) states that any noise we are subjected to above 65 decibels (dB) is considered to be noise pollution.
While noise pollution is commonly associated with residential properties, it can also be an issue for commercial buildings too. You may also experience noise pollution outside, especially in urban areas where construction work is taking place.
Common Examples Of Noise Pollution
- Alarm systems
- Barking dogs
- Construction activity
- Emergency vehicles
- Lawn & gardening equipment
- Loud human voices
- Problem neighbours
- Road traffic
Types Of Noise Pollution
- Continuous noise
- Intermittent noise
- Impulsive noise
- Low-frequency noise
Effects Of Noise Pollution
Noise pollution can affect our sleep, concentration and overall happiness in our surroundings.
However, each of these issues can then lead to deeper problems. For instance, if someone is unable to sleep properly due to noise pollution, then they may develop any number of physical or mental health conditions related to a lack of sleep. Likewise, if a child cannot concentrate on their homework, they may fall behind in their studies.
Let’s not forget neighbourly tensions can also arise, should the noise be coming from a nearby property or neighbour.
In terms of the building itself, research has shown that properties which are not subjected to noise pollution are worth 5% more than those that are. The Express reports that noise pollution caused by noisy neighbours specifically can reduce the value of a property by around £27,376.
Ultimately, who is going to want to live in a home, or even rent a building as office space if the outside noise is intolerable?
How to reduce noise pollution
Reducing noise pollution isn’t always an easy task, but it’s one that is a priority to ensure the health and well-being of all those who live on a property or indeed work in a building. For any unacceptable noise levels that are being caused by a neighbour (i.e. loud music, dogs barking or other noise at unsociable hours) you can report this to your local council.
However, most of the time noise pollution is the result of living in an urbanised area or even living in a rural area that also happens to be close to lots of passing traffic or an airport. In this case, taking steps to insulate your property against noise can help to drastically reduce any noise you are experiencing.
Making up 25% of a typical wall space, windows can be common culprits for allowing noise into a home or building. Replacing older windows with updated double glazing, or better still secondary or triple glazing can make a huge difference.
On top of this, insulating your home or commercial building can also reduce outside noise, all while helping to keep energy bills low.
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Stylish while offering excellent longevity, aluminium windows can replace poorly performing windows along with many of the issues they cause – including excessive levels of noise being able to enter your home.
Aluminium window and door frames fabricated by ABS
As shown above, we specialise in producing custom aluminium window shapes. So if your home or commercial building has standard windows, or something more unusual such as gothic arch, curved or even porthole windows, we can create a solution to suit.
If you’re ready to make your purchase, you can use our build-a-quote service to place your order, Or, if you’d like to speak to our team about your project please give us a call on 01623 721 172.