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In this economy, many people have opted to invest in home improvements rather than putting their houses on the market. Home soundproofing methods and acoustical services have become increasingly popular for those living in homes near noisy neighbors, or loud trains, airplanes, or highway traffic. If you’re fed up with disturbing noise and aren’t looking to move in the near future, here are some tips to fortify your home against unwanted noise pollution.

1. Replace Your Windows
Windows are the most common way for sound to get out of or into your home. Double-paned windows are the best option for soundproofing. Be sure to check the Sound Transmission Class Rating (STC) on windows that you may be considering—the higher this number, the better the windows will block out sound. If heavy windows still aren’t cutting it, try inserting window plugs into cracks around the window frame.

2. Make Your Walls Thicker
Adding additional layers of drywall to your walls can help deaden sound. If you apply additional layers of caulking and drywall, the walls will make them less able to conduct noise.

3. Add More Insulation
This one is probably a no-brainer— to insulate your home from sound, add insulation. In order to add insulation, you can cut holes in the drywall and blow foam or paper insulation into the walls.

4. Decorate and Furnish with Sound-Absorbing Materials
Use carpeting, furniture and draperies to reduce sound. Furnishings break up and absorb noise, preventing sound travel and reverberation. Heavier items absorb more sound. Soundproofing drapes are also an option if you’re getting a lot of noise through your windows.

5. Insulate the Ceiling and Cover Upstairs Floors
If you’re plagued by noise within your home, by the kids playing upstairs, for instance, you may consider adding fiberglass insulation to the drywall of your ceiling. Thick carpeting or soundproofing matting to upstairs floors will also help deaden unwanted noise.

Want more options to soundproof your home? Hate the thought of having to add insulation to your walls or ceiling on your own? Set up a consultation with a qualified acoustical services contractor. He or she will help you decide the best measures to take to soundproof your home, and will be able to expertly carry out tasks that you might not be interested in performing on your own.

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