According to the National Institutes of Health, excessive noise not only damages your hearing but can also disturb sleep, cause cognitive impairment in children and affect your blood pressure, heart rate and more. Traffic, airplanes and building construction are obvious culprits, but everyday products like appliances, vacuum cleaners and even hairdryers can be troublesome.
Here’s six recommendations to lower the noise level in your home:
1. Turn down TVs, speakers, radios, and computers. Also, remember to switch the devices off when not in use.
2. Place rugs on bare floors and cover windows with draperies to help absorb sound from outside.
3. Close doors to isolate noisy spaces, like TV and laundry rooms from quiet ones.
4. Plant trees and bushes around your home to help block outside noise from coming in.
5. Run appliances at lower speeds and choose short cycles. Select your dishwasher’s delay start option to run it at night or when you’re not in the kitchen.
6. Look for sound information on product labels before your buy and choose those rated quietest.
Noise is all around us, but we can lower the noise level in our home by following some of the recommendations listed in this article. Remember, excessive noise can damage you hearing and cause other health concerns so keep the volume low.