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Today’s world is louder than ever in both urban and suburban environments. Honking cars, a neighbor’s lawn mower, and planes flying overhead are just a few examples of the sounds that can seep into home and work spaces. Though commonplace, these noises can cause issues such as sleep disturbances and distractions during a busy work day. One of the most common solutions families and business owners turn to address noise-related concerns are noise cancelling windows. Noise reduction windows or active noise cancelling windows utilize a unique construction to eliminate external sounds that the traditional window is unable to block out. Able to be installed in virtually any space, noise reducing windows offer peace in even the noisiest locations. However, not all sound reduction windows are created equal when it comes to their effectiveness in cancelling out noise.
HOW DO SOUNDPROOF
WINDOWS REDUCE NOISE
To best understand the purpose of noise reducing windows and active noise cancelling windows, it’s important to first know how they work. Soundproof windows, specifically those offered from CitiQuiet, are effective in reducing noise as they are constructed with laminated glass that effectively stops sound vibrations while also offering extra insulation. During the installation process, the active noise cancelling window is placed into the existing window opening a few inches from existing window. This space creates an area of dead air that successfully isolates the CitiQuiet frame from sound vibrations caused by outside sounds.
Most noise reduction windows do not require any construction or alterations to existing window frames, and instead are custom manufactured to fit seamlessly within the space already in a home or office. While the main purpose of these windows is to reduce noise, they are also effective in conserving energy, eliminating drafts and dirt. While most sound proof windows for home and office spaces boast at least a 50% decrease in external noise after installation, CitiQuiet windows are effective in eliminating up to 95% of outside noise. When exploring soundproof window options, taking note of the sound transmission class (STC) rating is key.
Sound transmission class (STC) ratings were established by the American Society for Testing and Materials to assist in the comparison of noise cancelling window, building material, door, and wall options by measuring sound isolation of these various products. Easy to follow, the higher the STC rating of a window, the greater the window noise cancelling abilities.
While the average single pane window maintains between a 26-28 STC rating and a double pane window between 26-32 for STC rating, the addition of a soundproof window in addition to a single or double pane window can have incredible noise reduction capabilities. A 3/8” laminate CitiQuiet Interior soundproof window maintains an STC rating of 36, reducing up to 95% of external noise and offering a dramatic difference in the amount of noise brought into a home or office space.