Many of us Malaysians live in large cities and towns, and have homes next to busy highways or industrial areas. This often means that the ambient noise can be significantly higher. The proximity of sound generating zones to residential areas can be uncomfortable.
In some unfortunate cases, a highway, airport or industrial area can be built near a neighbourhood after people have been living there for many years. If you face problems with noise pollution or high ambient noises, here’s how you can help reduce it:
1. Hang Up Soundproofing Curtains
Noise can travel through thin window panes easily and one way to minimize this is by using heavy drapes. Consider hanging up special noise blocking curtains. Fabrics such as velvet and thick wool will carry out this task effectively as they’re good at absorbing sound. Often, soundproofing curtains are made of several layers of fabric stitched together.
2. Lay Down Carpets
Soft carpets are able to absorb sound better and reduce the effects of loud sounds. The more carpets you lay down, the more sound is absorbed. In addition to carpets, any sort of soft and fabric covered item in the house will have the same effect. These include rugs, pillows, cushions, sofas, armchairs and tablecloths.If you live in an apartment, carpets can also help absorb noise coming from the unit below.
3. Brings in the Green
If you have a lawn, planting more bushes, flowers and plants of any sort will actually help filter out the noise. Scientific studies have actually found that plants are able to reduce the noise around them by 5-10 decibels. If you live in an apartment, consider having some potted plants on your window ledge, or some larger plants in your living room and bedroom.
4. A High Wall
If the source of the noise is coming from your back yard, one way to filter it out is to have a brick or concrete wall that is as high as the house. Physically speaking, sounds are waves and a solid wall will be able to block those waves from reaching your home.
This method is often used for landed properties which are near highways and noise breaking walls are often erected by the local authorities. However, you may want to add to that noise blocking effect by building up your own back wall.
However, instead of just building a plain wall, you may want to incorporate it in with some landscaping that will make the wall look natural. For example, make it part of a garden.
5. Noise Cancelling Water Features
Adding a peaceful and calming ambient sound to your home will help cancel out any unwanted noise. One peaceful addition to your home would be a small fountain or waterfall. You can add a large one to your yard, or buy a small self-contained fountain as a decorative item if you don’t have a yard.
Excessive noise can be disruptive to your daily life, and moving might not be a possible option for many. In cases like these, you can only do your best to ensure that the noise is managed to an acceptable level. Here’s where you need some expert renovators to help you carry out the necessary steps, and you’ll find them right here at Kaodim.
written by Michelle Chee