You choose to live in New York City either because you love noise or because you made a trade off. In return for putting up with a lot of noise, you get the excitement of living in one of the liveliest cities in the United States. You could say this about other big cities too. I personally moved to NYC because of my career.
One of the first things that I had to do when I moved was invest in sound proof windows. They are a little more expensive, but definitely worth it in the long run. You might be concerned about replacing windows, which seem perfectly good, or would be if they were part of a rural home or office. Your windows are good, maybe great, and they can stay. Installers place a second, sound proof pane of glass into the existing frame. This creates a vacuum almost no noise can penetrate.
For one thing, this means you can soundproof the windows of any city building, even if that structure was built 100 years ago and is classified as a heritage monument. There are few things owners and renters are permitted to change within such structures, but if the look of a building is not altered and existing components remain, it is possible to soundproof.
Home owners spend a lot of time choosing a house which suits them, right down to the windows. How can they keep what they want and reduce noise if they live in a city? Most residential houses exist outside of cities, but the volume still spreads. Reduce noise pollution in the home by soundproofing without changing the look or function of exterior windows. That is, if you liked the view you had, it will still be there.
Does noise interfere with your concentration at work or meetings with clients? The same thing goes for commercial buildings. Arrange for this addition to be made without taking anything out.
Benefits of soundproofing windows in NYC:
In cities where the volume is always loud, one can easily tune out the volume inside, and not just inside a building. One's ears are affected slowly by the constant noise and after a few years of putting up with noise day after day, hearing loss is the obvious effect. Prevent hearing loss, or at least slow down the process if it cannot be controlled completely.
A window that lets in too much noise also lets in cold, heat, moisture, and dirt. Think about noise reduction as an investment that will lead to lower heating bills during cold months, fewer hours with air conditioning on in summer, less mold and mildew, and a cleaner interior. Car exhaust and other environmental pollutants seep unnoticed into buildings through windows until they discolor walls, ceilings, and floors. They also cause allergic reactions and asthma. As soon as you have your windows looked after, you will notice that energy bills get smaller. You spend less time sniffling, wheezing, and wiping up mildew. Your home or office will look, smell, and feel cleaner.
This was contributed by Theresa Thommes.