Could noise pollution be affecting your health?
As life gets busier, it can be difficult to keep the outside out. Towns and villages continue to expand and commuter traffic increases, meaning period properties which might once have stood on a quiet country road, or distanced from the daily hustle and bustle, often find themselves surrounded by activity.
Whilst this can be a welcome change in many ways, feeling less isolated and more in-tune with the world around you, noise levels can escalate and encroach on your peace and quiet at home.
Insulating against noise is often not the primary reason our customers choose to fit secondary glazing to their properties. Reducing draughts is usually the major motivation, combined with improved thermal efficiency which can make a significant difference to heating bills in the winter. Nearly all our customers, however, comment on the additional benefit they experience in eliminating outdoor noise.
We can become accustomed to the noise pollution around us, barking dogs, cars, roadworks, children playing etc. Only when that noise pollution is removed do we realise how it has impacted our daily lives. But, did you know that even moderate levels of noise pollution can affect our health?
Unwanted noise can have harmful physical effects, causing hypertension, high stress levels and hearing loss amongst others. Sound can interfere with normal activities such as sleep and conversation and can diminish one's quality of life.
How much noise is considered too much is subjective. Environmental health place a limit on ‘acceptable’ noise using decibels measurable by meters, but the truth is, tolerance for noise can vary from person to person. If you are particularly sensitive, coping with environmental noise can affect your wellbeing. You may not even recognise noise as the problem but find yourself feeling edgy without being able to put your finger on the cause.
Noise pollution can have particularly negative effects on adults and children on the autistic spectrum. Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can have hyperacusis, which is an abnormal sensitivity to sound. What some might see as every day background noise, such as traffic noise or a car alarm going off, in this case can trigger fear and anxiety responses.
Modern houses are being built with more and more sound insulation, with high-performance double glazing and wall insulation. Period properties with original features, however, are more prone to disturbance through single-glazed windows.
Secondary glazing is an ideal solution, helping you block out up to 80% of outdoor noise. This means your home isn’t just warmer and cosier, it’s an all-round more pleasant place to be with peace and quiet restored.
Our bespoke secondary glazing:
Can be fitted to all types of windows, included listed and feature windows.
Is made to measure and virtually invisible.
Prevents draughts and improves thermal efficiency.
Provides noise insulation.
Is easy to maintain.