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Being comfortable in our homes isn’t just about soft furniture and temperature control. Noise can be a significant nuisance for those who live in a city, near an airport, train station, highway, or another high-traffic area. We can’t stop the dog from barking, but we can help reduce the noisy triggers outside that prompt the barking – with acoustic window solutions.

More on Noise Pollution

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.” Increased vehicle traffic, buses, trains, and airports all cause noise. Noise pollution can also come from construction, manufacturing facilities, music/theater areas, or just people going about their daily activities (ahem, noisy neighbors.)

It’s Harmful Effects

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. Harvey offers an acoustical window upgrade which can help to limit the amount of unwanted noise in your home.

Window Noise Pollution Solutions

Harvey’s specialized sound-reducing glass upgrade or “acoustic window” helps reduce annoying sound. The noise reduction properties of our enhanced glass can achieve STC (sound transmission class) ratings of up to 40*. As a bonus, you can also enjoy significant heating and cooling cost savings with our ENERGY STAR® Glass Options.

As one of our 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 option. I’ve since installed 13 of these nearly sound-proof babies. Now, I can rest.” Babies and rest usually aren’t in the same sentence without the words “lack of,” but here we are.

Additional Sound Proofing

If your unwanted sound problem is severe, a window noise pollution solution alone may not solve the problem. Additionally, your home’s building envelope and insulation, or lack thereof, can also contribute to excess noise getting through. Sealing cracks or holes in walls, improving insulation, and adding solid core doors will help significantly as well.

Additional Resource

For more in-depth discussion around soundproofing your home check out this article from our friends at HomeTips.com – 8 Sound Proofing Secrets

If you have questions about reducing noise in your home, find a contractor in the HBP ProZone.

*STC Rating depends on size tested

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