Noise or unwanted sounds from constructions sites (drilling, bulldozing), factories, train tracks and stations, airport, road traffic (cars honking) and even you and your neighbor’s home appliances such as vacuums, power tools and lawn mowers contributes to noise pollution. Noise pollution is already considered as environmental pollution because of its long term effect to people. Constant exposure to loud noises damage the ear drum, sleeping patterns (which results to irritability and restlessness), and causes fatigue and increase in stress level.
Ever notice how noise can affect your attitude? A quiet environment can make you feel at ease, comfortable, even sleepy at times. On the other hand, a noisy area can make you feel irritable, restless and even aggressive. People have different tolerance on noise level. While a loud metal rock song can be acceptable to you, to others it might already be considered as bothersome.
That is why when building your home, you should also consult your contractor how sound-proof your home is. Sound is controlled by using sound-absorbent materials such as fiberglass insulation, carpet and foam paddings. Concrete cement and woods helps in blocking the transfer of sound from one room to another. One thing to ask your contractor is if your walls are well insulated. Good insulation will help you save up in the long run on your electric bills and will also help keep unwanted sound from going in.
Outside, fences will not only act as an initial barrier to entry it will also serve as noise deflector. Plenty of trees and plants also aids in cleaning the air as well as absorb noises.
So how can you help in reducing noise pollution, let alone control it?A good habit is turning off or minimizing home stereos, televisions and other home appliances. Use them of course when the neighborhood is up and about say from morning to noon. Avoid using them too much on the evening as people generally wants a quiet atmosphere to sleep. Use earplugs or headsets (but not too loud!) if you’re in public places such as in trains and subways or other public utility vehicles.
While there are other ways on reducing unwanted sound, my last piece of advice is: avoid shouting! Really, nothing is as irksome as to stand nearby a person on a shouting frenzy.
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