According to U.S. Census data, about 81% of Americans live in urban areas. Naturally, in these densely-populated areas, there is an increase in environmental noise or “noise pollution” from increased vehicle traffic, public transportation systems like buses and trains, and airports, as well as construction, manufacturing facilities, music/theater areas, and just the sheer number of people going about their daily activities.
Noise pollution can affect both health and behavior: Unwanted sound can cause hypertension, high stress levels, sleep disturbances, and other harmful effects. Just think how cranky you can be after having a terrible night’s sleep! Luckily, several types of sound abatement products are available to help homeowners who live in a city, near an airport, train station, highway, or other high-traffic area. Specifically, Harvey manufactures an acoustic window which can help to limit the amount of unwanted noise in your home.
Harvey’s Classic Vinyl Acoustic Window System helps reduce bothersome sound while helping you save on heating and cooling costs. Harvey Classic acoustic windows integrate our Classic vinyl double hung window with a premium secondary-glazed thermal unit and special glazing for the ultimate in noise reduction. As one of our acoustic window customers commented on Yelp, “I live in a house on the corner of a thickly settled, high traffic district…Five months ago, I was introduced to Harvey’s acoustical windows. I bought 13 of these nearly sound-proof babies. Now, I can rest.”
It is important to understand that if your unwanted sound problem is severe, acoustic windows alone may not solve the problem. Your home’s building envelope, or lack thereof, can also contribute to excess noise. Sealing cracks or holes in walls, improving insulation, and adding solid core doors can help.
Our acoustic windows are available as double hung, picture, casement or rolling windows. If you have questions about getting new Harvey acoustic windows for your home, contact us or find a contractor in the HBP ProZone.