What Are Soundproof Window Inserts and Are They Effective?
Living near busy roads or noisy neighbors can have a negative impact on your life. Whether you’re having issues sleeping or battling unwanted noise while working from home, dealing with outdoor sounds inside your home or business can dramatically impact the quality of your life.
When customers call me, they are desperate to find a solution because they can’t just pick up and move. That’s where soundproofing windows comes into play. A large portion of outside noise comes from the windows, so you can help reduce your noise problem by focusing on soundproofing your windows.
There are several options for soundproofing a window, including a complete window replacement or covering the window with something like the PrivacyShield® Dual-Sided Absorptive Soundproofing Blanket. However, one of the best and easiest solutions is via soundproof window inserts.
In this article, I’ll share everything you need to know about soundproofing window inserts, including whether they’re effective or not. I’ll also touch on some benefits and common questions associated with window soundproofing inserts so you can determine if they’re a suitable fit for your noise problem.
What Are Soundproof Window Inserts?
Soundproof window inserts are window inserts that are specifically designed to reduce unwanted noise from entering a home or building. They are usually made from thick, sound-absorbing material like acrylic. They work by blocking sound waves and preventing them from entering a room. The inserts fit into a standard window frame like any other window insert and are easy to install and remove if needed.
For example, the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit mounts on the interior side of the window with screws, and the insert itself easily connects and disconnects from the frame with magnets.
Soundproof window inserts are a great way to supplement existing acoustic insulation as they can offer additional soundproofing and without detracting from the appearance of a room. Soundproofing window inserts are an excellent option for reducing sound entering a building or living space and can make a massive difference in creating a peaceful and quiet atmosphere.
Are Soundproof Window Inserts Effective?
Are soundproof window inserts effective? As with anything, a soundproofing window insert’s effectiveness depends on the product’s quality. However, if we’re talking about the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit – definitely. In fact, the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit reduces sound by as much as 80% and has an STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating as high as 49.
One of my customers was so pleased with how effective his PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit was at blocking out sounds from his noisy neighbor that he bought seven more for his home. Another customer tried them out to deal with unwanted traffic noises and commotion from their condominium’s community center. Again, they worked so well that they bought several more. They were also pleased when the soundproofing window inserts helped them save money on cooling and heating.
Who Should Consider Soundproofing Window Inserts?
How do you know if a soundproof window insert is right for your home or business? Soundproof window inserts are ideal for people with windows inside their home office or bedroom who are distracted or disturbed by outdoor noises.
They also work great in hotels. In fact, we had a hotel that commonly had complaints from guests about the traffic noises until they installed the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit on all the windows that faced the bustling street.
It’s really an excellent solution for anyone looking to reduce the sound coming into their home or business, who isn’t ready to replace the window.
5 Benefits of Soundproof Window Inserts
There are some incredible benefits to soundproof window inserts. Here are five that we hear about the most:
1. Easy to Install
Soundproof window inserts are relatively easy to install. In fact, the average person can install them in about 25-30 minutes if they have the right tools and follow the included instructions.
2. Cost Effective
Soundproofing window inserts are also incredibly cost-effective, especially when you compare them to the cost of replacing the entire window.
3. Clear Appearance
Unlike some other window soundproofing options, soundproofing window inserts are clear, so you can see right through them. Your guests won’t be able to tell there’s anything extra, and you’ll still get the benefit of natural sunlight.
4. Thermal Benefits
As a bonus, soundproof window inserts also have some thermal benefits, which helps save money on heating and cooling.
5. Maintains Operability
With the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit, you can still open and close your window. Simply disconnect the insert from the magnets and open and close it as you normally would.
Getting Started with the Best Soundproof Window Inserts
There are a lot of benefits to getting soundproof window inserts. If you’re looking to reduce unwanted noise from your home or business, they’re a great place to start.
However, all soundproof window inserts are not created equally, so you need to make sure you choose a high-quality option that still allows you to use your window, like the PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit.
To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.