Have these questions been constantly racing through your mind?
- How can I reduce noise in my home?
- How can you stop sound waves from entering your house?
- How to reduce outside noise in my condo?
- How do you block out sound waves in a room?
We’re glad you stumbled onto our home soundproofing guide!
We’ll break down all the tools, nicks, and kicks of how to soundproof your home from your bedroom down to the windows, ceilings, and floors!
What to Expect From This Home Soundproofing Guide:
Here are all the topics we’ll cover on how to soundproof:
- Baby room
- Home gym
- Home recording studio
Get ready for some peace and quiet in these places!
Apartment and Home Soundproofing
Before we dive into each of the parts of your home (windows, ceilings, doors, and floors), let’s take a look at soundproofing apartments.
If you don’t currently live in one, you can go straight to the first section of home soundproofing: Soundproofing Windows.
Soundproofing Your Apartment
Simple and classic advice you’ve heard many, many times tells you that you should re-arrange your furniture in your living room and bedroom.
Well, we’d like to add MORE to that list and say you should add softer fabric furniture to your place. The biggest culprit of a bare or empty space is sound waves bouncing all across the area.
It hurts your peace. So for all apartment dwellers currently reading this, add a soft fabric sofa or, better yet, get a dense carpet.
Having a dense carpet and 2 or 3 soft pieces of furniture in your living room reduces those annoying sound waves echoing in your ears.
Sound absorption is the name of the game!
However, furniture is just the ice breaker. We still have more on how to soundproof your apartment!
Here are 5 more ways to do so:
Check Your Heater
If you’re thinking of simple, practical solutions for noise control, we’ve got one. And it starts with your heater.
Annoying little things, really.
We love them when the air is cold or when the temperatures are freezing. But noise-wise, they can be a tad bit too much.
ESPECIALLY OLD HEATERS.
Soundproofing your heater doesn’t require fancy equipment. All you have to do is shut it off when you’re not using it. Better yet, if it rattles a lot, try installing damping pads underneath it.
If THOSE DON’T work, have it checked, and worst case, buy a new heater.
Buy High-Quality Acoustic Panels
If you’re treading along the line of controlling outside noise, like traffic noise, for instance, YOU NEED acoustic panels.
Soundproofing a room from outside noise requires much more than a few panels installed, but it’s a good start to help you sleep better at night.
Because you live in an apartment, you want these panels to soak up all the outside noise as much as possible!
Use Soundproof Curtains
You may have always dreamt of having semi-white silk curtains draped over your windows so you could catch a glimpse of the outside world.
We’re here to tell you…those thin curtains don’t do a good job at sound absorption (and noise reduction in general).
If you’re dealing with a noise similar to stomping noise, it may be due to the bass frequencies or treble frequencies you’re hearing either from outside or your next-door neighbor.
What you’re dealing with is impact noise, which travels through vibrations and can often get more irritating than your common outside noise.
Soundproof curtains are an inexpensive solution. Yes — they’re more costly than regular curtains, but they cost less than most sound-blocking products.
If you want something cheaper, get a moving blanket and hang it over your door and window for a slight noise reduction of outside noise.
Surely, you wouldn’t be satisfied with a slight decrease in your outside noise pollution problem, right? Then if bass noise is your biggest culprit, it’s worth checking our guide on reducing bass noise from neighbors to treat those deep bass frequencies.
Invest in a White Noise Machine
Are the neighbors too noisy? Is the outside noise too unbearable?
If you’re looking for a no-hassle and installation-free method to block outside noise pollution from next-door neighbors, buy a white noise machine.
The best advantage of a white noise machine is you have total control of the sounds you want to hear. Fight sound…WITH SOUND.
If your neighbors play annoying instruments, you can OVERLAP those sound waves by using a white noise machine.
But if you’re still unsure, you can check out our complete guide on how to block noise from neighbors.
For Emergency Purposes: Buy Earplugs
Sometimes, it’s impossible to block out ALL the outside noise pollution around you. It could be there’s a large event happening right outside your apartment, or there’s an emergency.
In cases like these, you can’t exactly tell the cops to turn their sirens off, right? That’s why earplugs are your emergency lifesavers!
Seriously, consider getting one when your traffic noise problems become unbearably loud.
Sound reduction isn’t always so complicated, and this can be a time and money saver for you too!
Want an Extra Tip?
Choose a higher floor.
If you haven’t moved into your apartment yet, are considering getting one, or have plans of moving, choose a higher floor like, say, the 5th floor.
What does that have to do with dealing with outside noise? Well…
The 1st and 2nd floors are the ABSOLUTE WORST. Since these floors are the closest to the ground, you’ll hear the MAJORITY of noise pollution around the area like traffic noise coming from the outside world.
But what if you’re stuck on a low-level floor? Then it’s not over yet!
We still have MORE SOUND REDUCTION TIPS to share in the later sections! The solutions we’ll mention below are possible solutions for apartments too! However, make sure your landlord allows these changes first.
Home Soundproofing #1: Soundproofing Windows
The first part to deal with for the peace and quiet of your home: YOUR WINDOWS.
Believe it or not, there are a TON of ways to soundproof your windows from outside noise.
But even with countless choices available to you, it ULTIMATELY depends on your situation.
What’s the best way to help you figure out which is right for you? Let’s go over it by asking several questions.
What Is the Best Window Soundproofing Solution?
One product isn’t enough to be called the best. It’s actually…a combination of various products to help you reduce any unwanted sound transmission as much as possible.
See, glass windows have poor STC ratings.
That means sound waves can easily pass through your windows, thus all the traffic noise. To improve the STC rating and lower the sound transmission of your window, here are some materials we recommend you use:
- Window soundproofing film – Soundproof window film works similarly to noise-canceling headphones. That statement alone should tell you how effective it is at sound blocking. It’s usually a laminated-core layer sandwiched between 2 polymer layers to effectively block outside noise and sound transmission from coming in.
- Soundproof Glass – As we mentioned earlier, regular glass windows have poor STC ratings. That means it’s easy to hear all the traffic noise coming from outside. Soundproof glass is indeed expensive, but it will save you a lot of outside noise trouble for years to come.
Now, we don’t recommend installing these yourselves. Soundproofing your window can be a bit tricky. That’s because an airtight installation is a MUST.
Do it wrong, and you’ll have to start all over. For times like these, hire a professional.
What If I’m Replacing My Windows?
If you’re replacing old windows, you might have heard of window inserts or storm windows. Let’s discuss these both in detail:
- Storm windows – Storm windows may be a good replacement for soundproofing your windows from outside noise IF you don’t have plans to open your window. Although storm windows improve the STC rating and reduce unwanted sound transmission, their biggest drawback is not being able to open it once installed.
- Window inserts – Window inserts are a cost-effective way of replacing your window. But rather than choose regular window inserts, go for acoustic window inserts. These offer much better soundproofing and higher STC than regular window inserts.
So which should you choose for home soundproofing?
The clear winner is window inserts. Not only are they affordable, but it’s also easy to find a contractor who can install it without issues.
Not to mention, window inserts require little maintenance and are energy-saving too!
BUT! If you want an even better yet more costly solution, you can…
- Replace your old windows with acoustic window inserts; AND
- Add 1 or 2 storm windows to your home.
This way, you’re getting the best of both worlds. Just make sure the storm windows you install are windows you don’t want to open anymore.
Is There a DIY Solution?
Yes, there is a DIY solution! In fact, we have 3!
- Window plug
- Acoustic caulk/weatherstripping tape
- Soundproof curtains or soundproof blinds
Soundproof window plugs aren’t the newest home soundproofing materials on the block, but their long-standing reputation makes them a reliable choice.
You could hire a professional or…you can make one yourself if you’re up for it!
Acoustic caulk and weatherstripping tape are useful for sealing gaps or cracks in your window. In fact, proper sound insulation STARTS by sealing these small gaps since it’s one of the most common entry points for outside noise to leak through.
Between soundproof acoustic curtains and soundproofing blinds, we choose soundproof curtains ANY DAY. Soundproof blinds give a good aesthetic to your home. They’re also perfect for catching a tiny glimpse of what’s outside.
BUT, soundproof curtains are MUCH THICKER. Not only do they have higher STC, but they also have more mass, making soundproof curtains much more effective at sound blocking.
Note: For a complete and thorough guide, check out our article on soundproofing windows.
Home Soundproofing #2: Soundproofing Walls
Hearing noises from other rooms while you’re trying to relax is a MOOD KILLER. That’s why soundproofing your walls is the next important topic we’ll discuss.
If you have thin walls in your home or even your living room, it’s not surprising why you can easily hear outside noise and why vibrations pass through easily.
Cheap, DIY solutions for your home’s walls include:
- Moving blankets
- Soundproof curtains
- Green Glue noise proofing compound
If you want a sound-absorbing solution that will cost you more but also increases the effectiveness of home soundproofing, fiberglass insulation AND acoustic foam panels are excellent choices.
- Fiberglass insulation is perfect for installing in-between drywall. On that note, one of the best home soundproofing tips we can give you is to add AN EXTRA LAYER of drywall. (At least 5/8-inch)
- Drywall. Drywall. Drywall. Adding an extra layer of drywall increases the mass of your walls. Higher mass in your walls means higher density. And higher density means better sound-blocking properties.
Add fiberglass insulation to your drywall, and you have a significant noise reduction! For acoustic foam panels, here’s a quick video on how it significantly helps with noise reduction:
Before we move into the next section of soundproofing doors, there are 2 questions we often get asked about when it comes to soundproofing walls:
- Should I build a staggered wall?
- Between Quiet Rock products and double drywall, which is the cheaper, more effective option?
Let’s answer these in more detail, shall we?
Should I Build a Staggered Wall?
A staggered wall should give you an STC rating of 48, which makes it a solid choice for improving your walls’ soundproof abilities.
The way it works is by decoupling your walls so that less vibrations and sound pass through. Think of it this way: Your average wall has a bottom plate of 4 inches and wooden framing with a gap of 16 inches.
Because the gap is so wide, the sound transmission will be high.
A staggered wall reduces this by increasing the stability — the bottom plate becomes 6 inches from 4 inches, and the gap between each wooden frame is reduced to 8 inches!
So should you build a staggered wall? YES. YOU. SHOULD.
In some cases, a staggered wall might not be enough. If you have the cash, installing a double staggered well is TWICE as effective!
We could tell you how to build a staggered wall step-by-step, but this would take quite some time. In that case, we’ve prepared a Staggered Stud Wall Guide you can easily follow in 7 steps!
QuietRock vs. Double Drywall: Which is Cheaper and More Effective?
Double drywall is a much cheaper option than QuietRock. Not to mention, it’s widely available and easily accessible!
But when it comes to effectiveness from outside noise, this is where we draw the line. QuietRock has higher STC ratings when it comes to soundproofing walls thanks to its sound-absorbing qualities.
Even better, the installation and assembly time is much faster with QuietRock. Although QuietRock is more effective in soundproofing your walls from outside noise, the costs are quite steep.
Then again, if you want the best of the best for your walls, QuietRock is the “sound” option (pun intended) for you.
There is one exception, though. If we’re talking about walls and ceilings, drywall has the advantage.
If we’re talking about home soundproofing, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to soundproof the door, window, walls, and ceilings altogether.
If you’re still not sure, read our full matchup review between QuietRock and Double Drywall.
Home Soundproofing #3: Soundproofing Doors
Soundproofing your door can be done in as many as 11 steps, but one of the most prevailing methods is by installing solid core doors.
A solid core door will have more mass and density than a hollow-core door, making it a much better job at home soundproofing than hollow core doors.
How do you know if you have a solid or hollow core door? In most home setups, your FRONT door would be a solid core door, while all the other doors INSIDE your home would be hollow core doors.
You could always double-check by knocking and testing how easy it is for you to hear sounds from the other side of the door.
Now, let’s talk price.
Solid core doors will easily cost you between $75 to $250. Higher quality doors can skyrocket as high as $450! Imagine installing 5 of those around your house.
Not to worry! We have affordable options you can use for your home! These simple yet effective materials are worth your buck!
#1 Door Sweep
Inexpensive. Easy to install. Effective noise reduction.
What else do you need when it comes to sound reduction for doors? Some door sweeps do have plug-and-play features, but we recommend sweeps you bolt in place with nails.
Before you start searching for door sweeps online, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled 5 of the best door sweeps for your home!
Hmm…sounds like a mouthful, doesn’t it?
These devices are like anti-door slam products that reduce sound transmission and prevent slamming, which can scare the hell out of you at times.
Here’s a list to help you get started:
- Automatic door closer
- Pinch guards (perfect if you have babies or kids)
- Weatherstripping kit (perfect for your door frames)
- Door seals
- Felt pads
- Door silencer
For a complete list, take a look at our guide on how to stop doors from slamming loudly.
#3 Household Items
There are as many as 10 WAYS to soundproof a door using household items.
For starters, you can make a draft stopper with a pillow, stuffing, and some glue! Other household item ideas include:
- Using a spare mattress
- Hanging moving blankets on your door
- Using old foam tiles (if your kids have outgrown their foam play tiles, this is perfect)
- Duct tape for small cracks and gaps
A lot of these make use of sound-absorbing properties to get the job done!
What If I Have a Sliding Door?
Our best tip for a sliding door is to install soundproofing curtains. The mass and density of these curtains are perfect for sound absorption and blocking out light at the same time!
Plus, they make for the perfect aesthetic add-on! If you’re not satisfied with just curtains, consider UPGRADING your current sliding door to double-glazed sliding doors.
Now, these are expensive, but if you’re dead serious about blocking outside noise pollution, this is it.
Before we jump into how to soundproof your floors, we still have a few techniques up our sleeve for soundproofing sliding doors.
Home Soundproofing #4: Soundproofing Floors
Two options we highly recommend are:
- Using acoustic underlayment
- Heavy, dense carpeting
Acoustic underlayment will cost slightly more than a carpet, but they’re IDEAL if you have hardwood, laminate flooring, and ceramic tile floors.
Compared to a heavy, dense carpet, the installation requires more labor and time. A carpet is as easy as buying one today and installing it on the same day!
Additionally, carpets are sound-absorbing, so they’re ideal for homes with open floor plans and high ceilings.
The only downside to carpets? Extra cleaning and maintenance for your floors. Don’t let this scare you. We still have 7 more methods to soundproof a floor that you can try out.
Even with your walls, doors, floors, and windows soundproofed, what happens if you have a high ceiling? That brings us to our next two sections: soundproofing your ceilings and roof.
Home Soundproofing #5: Soundproofing Ceilings
Your ceilings may be one of the most overlooked places in your home. Compared to walls in your home, a noisy ceiling is more common in apartments and condominiums.
So let’s tackle that first: How to reduce the noise you hear from upstairs neighbors.
After, we can dive into soundproofing your upper ceilings and soundproofing your basement ceiling.
Reducing Noise From Upstairs Neighbors
First, find the area in your ceiling that produces the MOST noise. If it’s in an area near your bedroom or near your kitchen, start there.
Next, choose your weapon:
- Mass loaded vinyl
- Soundproofing acoustic panels
Mass-loaded vinyl is slightly cheaper than drywall, making it the cheapest solution.
However, it’s not wise to rely solely on mass-loaded vinyl. Instead, it’s better to combine an extra layer of drywall and mass-loaded vinyl for added sound insulation.
Doing this should give you a total rating of 52, which is pretty darn good at reducing noise, especially foot traffic.
Soundproof panels are excellent options, but they also cost the most.
If you want to ensure high sound reduction, consult a professional and have them install resilient channels while combining soundproof panels.
Soundproofing Your Home and Basement Ceiling
Whether it’s your house or basement ceiling, we highly recommend decoupling.
Fast Fact: Decoupling is the process of physically separating two sides of a structure to reduce the vibrations in your wall or ceiling. It’s highly effective for isolating sound.
If you have a small ceiling area, mass-loaded vinyl and a couple of acoustic panels will work, but your best option is decoupling and using soundproof drywall with a large ceiling.
Extra Tip: Place acoustic compound (Green Glue) and sound insulation between the drywall to get the best results.
Now, for a more detailed guide, you can check out our article on how to soundproof a ceiling in 8 easy steps.
Home Soundproofing #6: Soundproofing Your Roof
Soundproofing your roof from outside noise works similarly to your ceiling. The sound insulation materials are also similar except for a few things:
- Your roof’s noise problem could be loose screws or improper fastening
- The material used for your roof could be an issue like metal. Furthermore, corrugated roof covering produces MORE noise compared to flat or standing roof metal.
- Low-quality steel compared to higher, more complex metal will vibrate more.
If you want a quick, easy installation and an affordable option, go with MLV underlayment.
Proper acoustic underlayment is NECESSARY if you want to reduce outside noise from a roof. But if you’re looking for a more premium installation, you should try batt insulation.
This will definitely require a professional to ensure a tight fit application and reduce any outside noise.
For a complete guide, check out our article on how to soundproof your roof.
Home Soundproofing #7: Soundproof Plumbing at Home
Noisy pipes are the worst, wouldn’t you agree?
Unlike most home soundproofing solutions we’ve shared with you today, pipes aren’t as straightforward.
You need to find where and which component exactly in your pipe is causing the problem. There are several possible reasons; however, we’ve broken that down for you in our Soundproof Pipes Guide.
One of the most common concerns we get when it comes to noisy pipes is the location.
If your pipes are located behind thin walls in your living space, for example, this means you’ll have to treat your walls by adding extra drywall or extra sound insulation.
More often than not, pipes located behind walls with no heavy furniture or soft fabric to block the sound are another common culprit. There are other solutions you can try, such as:
- Install new arrestors to address pipe vibration/s
- Replace old water pressure regulators with new regulators
- Use a rubber stopper for a leaky pipe
- Replace your old pipes with cast iron pipes (takes a lot of time and work to do)
Most of these solutions are NOT DIY. This is because your pipes require technical, expert knowledge. A misstep could explode your problem twice as worse.
Products and Appliances to Consider
Sometimes, your pipes aren’t the only problem. Have you ever thought it was your sump pump?
Sump pumps are useful in preventing your basement from flooding, but perhaps it’s time you get quieter sump pumps.
It’s a worthwhile investment to save you from flooding costs, water bills, protection against heavy storms, and most of all; it’s a must-have appliance if you want a quiet basement.
Soundproofing Different Types of Rooms
If your home soundproofing budget doesn’t entirely fit the profile of an entire house, there’s no need to worry!
In this section, we’ll walk you through how to soundproof a room in your home — especially smaller areas of your house like your bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, garage, music room/recording studio, and more!
Soundproofing Your Bedroom
The road to home soundproofing for most homes starts with soundproofing your bedroom. For many, the first place they’ll target is their walls.
Again, soundproofing a wall will require considerable work like installing new drywall or decoupling, which means tearing off an old wall in its place.
So let’s start small.
And direct our attention to an overlooked part of your bedroom in all homes: YOUR BED. Or should we say…your mattress.
The FASTEST way to solve the noisy problem of your bed is to get quiet mattresses. Additional expense? We know, we know.
But here’s the thing: What good is a soundproof bedroom if your bed is making all the noise and ends up keeping you up at night? Sleep is wealth, and there are plenty of reasons to invest in a quiet mattress.
However, if that doesn’t sound like it’s up your alley, we’ve got LOADS of tips to help you solve your noisy bedroom, starting with…
#1 How to Fix a Squeaky Bed
We admit — sometimes, it’s not a quiet mattress you need, but rather a simple DIY fix of your squeaky box spring.
- First, tighten any loose screws using a wrench. If you feel the need to add more bolts and screws, you can do so too.
- Second, your coils may be the problem. To fix this, add lubrication to ease any tension and reduce that squeaky sound.
- And finally, you can add some padding between your squeaky box spring and mattress.
#2 Get a Quiet Bed Frame
You’ve extended your time and energy to fix your squeaky box spring bed, but the sound hasn’t gone away.
What do you do? Is it the material you need to change? Will you have to grab more tools from the hardware store?
If all your efforts could not reduce the sound, end your search and save your energy! Because you can always go for quiet bed frames instead!
Sometimes, it’s much cheaper to buy a new bed frame rather than spend so much on fixing something that only reduces minimal sound.
#3 For Larger Rooms With 2 or 3 People, Consider Soundproof Room Dividers
Larger rooms come with many benefits like bigger space for obvious reasons. But the biggest downside of larger spaces? It’s much harder to fend off sound.
Additionally, installing acoustic panels in smaller rooms compared to larger ones will undoubtedly cost less.
But here’s what you can do: use soundproofing room dividers to deaden the sound.
Notice how we said, “deaden.” Sound deadening is different from sound-absorbing and sound blocking.
While soundproof dividers don’t exactly help with sound absorption, they will REDUCE reverberations and echo, making the sound within the room sound a lot better. Not to mention MORE PRIVACY.
#4 Two Words: Soundproof Paint
Soundproof paint is more ideal for a smaller space. That’s because apart from using the paint to make it easier to reduce sound, it’s also cheaper.
Take note that soundproof paint requires 3 coats to get a noticeable difference for sound absorption. So for a larger space, you’ll need more materials and more paint, adding to a much higher expense.
#5 Acoustic Foam for Your Closet
Soundproofing your closet in the best way possible is by adding an extra layer of drywall. However, since a closet is typically smaller, you can use acoustic foam for proper sound absorption.
Combine this with a dense carpet and some soundproofing paint, and you have a solid soundproof closet!
Word of Caution: Make sure to mark all your outlets and switch boxes if there are any in your closet before doing any remodeling or restructuring.
- If you find that a dense carpet lacks effectiveness, invest in acoustic carpets and underlayments.
- The solutions we mentioned above will provide a good amount of reduction from outside noise, but not significantly. The best solution is to decouple your walls, add a new layer of dry wall and add sound insulation (noise proofing compound) in-between.
- If you have a squeaky chair in your space, you can easily fix it in 5 steps. You can learn more in our guide to fixing squeaky chairs.
- You can also soundproof your bedroom with blankets; however, this is a temporary DIY fix. Moving blankets are quick and easily accessible materials, but the best materials should be specifically designed for soundproofing. So if you’re thinking of using blankets, make sure they’re thick soundproofing blankets.
Soundproofing Your Bathroom
Soundproofing your bathroom starts with the doors. This will be one of the main points of entry for sound to leak through.
You won’t need a lot of materials for this, and curtains or blankets are out of the question since this will make your bathroom look cramped. Instead, your bathroom will benefit the most with a solid core door.
A solid core material is perfect for keeping outside noise away. Additional methods for keeping outside noise OUT of your bathroom include:
- Installing a door sweep. If it doesn’t shut tight along the door jambs, we suggest adding weatherstripping tape to all the sides and top parts of your door.
- If you have windows, you can install soundproof glass or turn it into double-laminated layered glass. Window inserts are also good options, but make sure those window inserts are acoustical types.
- Install acoustic underlayment in your tiles and seal any cracks or gaps you see.
- Check your toilet’s condition. If it’s making a gurgling sound, there are several possible reasons why. You can dive deeper into this problem by going through our article on the causes of a gurgling toilet.
Depending on the layout and size of your bathroom, most homes will always have varying elements. Some will come with a window while others will not.
For a complete home soundproofing bathroom guide, check out our article on how to soundproof your bathroom.
Unique Ideas to Keep Your Bathroom Quieter
As absurd as it sounds, you can minimize the noise in your bathroom by pooping quietly. Yes, it’s quite the solution.
Why poop quietly when you already have a private place to yourself, right?
Well, should you ever find yourself in someone else’s house, learning how you can poop quietly is a handy and unique “skill” to have.
Additionally, you can make your electric toothbrush quieter if you don’t want to hear that buzzzzing sound.
Products and Appliances to Consider
If you have plans of remodeling your bathroom with new soundproof material, it’s also worth considering replacing a few appliances to reduce the sound even more.
If your toilet’s gurgling sound won’t come to an end, buy a quiet flushing toilet instead!
From brushing your teeth to drying your hair, forget the soundproof talk for a bit. Forget the installation and remodeling of your house.
Soundproofing Your Kitchen
Now, you COULD follow all the steps we mentioned in the Home Soundproofing section (starting with your walls), but that might take a lot of time.
Before you do ANOTHER renovation for your kitchen, let’s look at some of the noisiest appliances in your kitchen: your gas oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher!
Is your gas oven starting to sound like a blowtorch?
The solution starts by identifying possible causes first. It could be a blowing noise, hissing or puffing noise, or even a boom noise.
To identify each one and solve them easily, you can go through our article on the Causes of a Gas Oven Sounding Like a Blow Torch.
Once you have your gas oven under control, let’s take a look at your refrigerator.
Refrigerators can be a noisy bunch especially if you’ve had them for quite a while.
However, sometimes a simple solution could be ensuring your refrigerator is properly leveled on an even surface. Other times, it could be your fridge is in the wrong location. And sometimes, you need anti-vibration mats.
You can easily stop a refrigerator from making a buzzing noise in 7 different approaches, depending on the issue.
The worst case, though, is when your fridge compressor is the problem. A noisy compressor demands some professional expertise, and we discuss more on that in our guide to quieting a noisy refrigerator compressor.
It’s best to pair this guide with a technical expert so you can rid the problem once and for all!
A dishwasher is often noisy when it’s in use, but if that annoys you, you should consider installing soundproof matting to help insulate sounds from your dishwasher.
Again, you MUST consult an expert on this to make sure it doesn’t damage your dishwasher. Acoustic foam might be harmless, but it’s always best to get a second opinion.
Products and Appliances to Consider
If the installation of soundproof materials into your appliances sounds like a scary situation, don’t worry.
There are quiet appliances you can use instead. For example, there are a good number of quieter dishwashers in the market.
But DON’T expect these to be super quiet. All appliances generate some form of sound. Quiet products simply reduce those levels to a much tolerable and less irritating level.
To end your search, we’ll list down our favorite quiet appliances for the best home soundproofing environment:
- If you’ve recently been diving into a health craze, starting to juice, or want a healthy lifestyle that’s noise-free, these quiet blenders and quiet juicers are yours for the picking!
- Coffee in the morning without the sound of coffee beans being chewed on? We personally love the sound and aroma that comes together beautifully, but if you want a quiet coffee grinder, there are a promising number of manual and electric quiet coffee grinders. Needless to say, quiet coffee grinders will still be slightly loud.
- Home cooks and those who love to spend their time in the kitchen cooking and baking will enjoy a quiet range hood and perhaps even a quiet over the range microwave.
- Now, we know cleaning up a kitchen doesn’t exactly spell Master Chef art. But hey, if you’re grinding most of your bones and scraps in a garbage disposal, we highly suggest getting a quiet garbage disposal. That way, cleaning up is faster — just dump the load and turn it on. The best part? It takes away hours of sorting bone from leftover meat.
- Are you the type who loves to snack late at night? Or do you OVERBUY food in the grocery? We know we do! This is where mini-fridges come in handy. But not just any mini fridge…A quiet mini-fridge!
- Who wants to buy bags and bags of ice when they can get a quiet ice maker instead, right? The noise you make from crushing ice or those built-in ice crushers in fridges is terribly noisy. The biggest benefit of a quiet ice maker? It’s noise-free and requires zero ice-crushing!
- Finally, we’ve got quiet electric kettles and quiet microwaves if you want appliances you can sneak some food in WITHOUT waking up your partner, spouse, husband, or roommate!
Phew! That’s quite a list, right? At least you’ve got a TON of options now!
“Say hello to my soundproof kitchen!” – Homeowner with a ton of quiet products
Soundproofing Your Baby Room
Double glazing the windows and reinforcing the walls and doors are some of the best methods to soundproof your baby room from outside noise.
You could even install thick carpeting! But the best solution to helping your baby sleep in peace is getting a white noise machine.
You could even play his/her favorite lullaby on loop, so your baby only hears sweet noises instead of irritatingly loud outside noise.
But what if you’re breastfeeding your baby, and you don’t want to wake him/her up?
You’re not seriously thinking about a DIY soundproofing job, right?
Silly-ness aside, your most trusted option is to get a quiet breast pump. Now, don’t worry because we’ve already handpicked 7 of the best quiet breast pumps!
Soundproofing Your Laundry Room
First, ask yourself: Is your laundry space located in the basement or near your living quarters?
- If it’s near your living quarters, we highly suggest soundproofing the walls.
- If it’s in your basement, you should soundproof the two main points: your floor and the basement ceiling. If you want some ideas, we’ve got a full guide on how to soundproof a laundry room.
But hold up just for a minute!
If you want a quicker approach and don’t mind spending a little bit more, you should get a quiet washing machine.
In fact, we’ve even listed a few of the quietest washing machines that were quiet enough for apartments!
But if that’s still too pricey, then you should at least get anti-vibration pads. It’s highly likely the noise coming from your laundry space is the washing machine vibrating on the floor. This impact noise is a problem easily solved with anti-vibration pads.
Soundproofing Your Garage
We’ve thought about this for a while now. Soundproofing your garage from outside noise proved to be one of the most challenging areas to reduce sound for home soundproofing.
Because it’s the closest to the road. That means traffic noise (e.g., cars passing by, honks, etc.) and even children playing are easily heard in your garage.
BUT NOT TO WORRY! We’ve already created a comprehensive guide for soundproofing your garage from outside noise.
Although, if you plan to proceed with this project, we will warn you that this will require a considerable expense on your part.
Because your garage is the closest to the noise source, you’ll most likely have to do the following:
- Use soundproofing tiles for the walls along with noise proofing compound
- Do a double-wall construction to greatly reduce the sound coming from the road or street
- If you have a window in your garage, this will also require acoustic treatment. Acoustic window inserts or storm windows are ideal.
- You’ll most likely have to add resilient channels to maximize soundproof effectiveness.
Sound like a lot to deal with? That’s because it is! However, we have 2 alternative options for you:
- Buy a quiet garage door opener. You will spend on a new garage door, but you save time, labor, costs, and the hassle of looking for someone to soundproof it.
- You can seal your garage door from the inside, but this will also take some time and professional help. Although, it’s less straining than soundproofing your entire garage.
Soundproofing Your Home Recording Studio
Whether it’s your home theater or recording space you want to be soundproof, there are two approaches to go about this:
- Acoustic treatment
Let’s take a closer look.
1. Soundproof Guide
Soundproofing a studio room so you can play your instruments without disturbance needs 4 methods.
Take note if you want a fully soundproofed place, you’ll need to apply this to ALL parts — walls, doors, ceilings, and floors:
- Decoupling – Using resilient channels and rubber isolators can block off sound to contain the sound in your space rather than travel outside to your neighbors.
- Seal all gaps – Acoustic caulk and door sweeps are your best products here. This prevents any airborne noise from leaking out.
- Add mass – As we mentioned earlier in this article, you can soundproof a room by adding more mass, increasing your walls’ density. In turn, you don’t get any visits from your neighbors. You’re not the only one who would hate unwanted outside noise!
- Damping – Green Glue and acoustic foam are great choices to damp or soundproof a room. This makes it sound softer rather than a harsh pitch that’s irritating to the ears.
If you plan to play louder instruments like a drum set, for example, our guide on soundproofing a room for drums is PERFECT for you.
If that’s not enough, you can also consider buying quieter drum sets instead!
2. Acoustic Treatment Guide
Why do you need acoustic treatment?
Here’s the problem: Most articles focus on “how to soundproof”, but don’t also take into account the echo or reverberations you’ll end up feeling once all the noise is contained in your space.
To solve the vibration and echo, you’ll need three things: acoustic panels, bass traps, and diffusers. What you should do is spread ALL these materials out.
Basically, sound absorption is KEY.
It might sound tough, but even Sean Divine could do it on a budget:
Soundproofing Your Home Gym
It all starts with the rubber.
Rubber pads for your weights, dumbells, and barbells. Rubber for your flooring. And even rubber insulation pads under your gym equipment!
Well, think of it like this: Aside from all the soundproof remodeling you can do for your gym door and walls, the majority of the noise will come from your equipment or from dropping weights onto the floor.
Especially if you’re weightlifting, dropping an 80kg barbell onto the floor will undoubtedly create heavy impact noise.
So to soundproof your home gym from loud gym noises, we highly recommend RUBBER. You could even add rubber insulation mats for an extra cushion.
But what about your equipment? Most gyms will have a treadmill installed.
What you can do is add treadmill isolation pads and anti-vibration pads to dampen and cushion the sound every time your feet come in contact with the belt.
However, this is just the ice-breaker for reducing noise in your treadmill, so be sure to check out our complete guide.
Products and Appliances to Consider
Here’s something you’re probably hearing for the first time: a quiet treadmill.
Believe it or not, quiet treadmills do exist. And if the methods we shared in the previous section and in our guide didn’t work out for you, your next best option is to buy a quiet treadmill.
Of course, don’t expect these to be SUPER quiet. Any machine, in general, will emit sound. However, tips that can help reduce the sound include:
- Lubricating your treadmill belt
- Positioning your treadmill in the proper place (DO NOT put it in the corner)
- Ensuring proper form
In case you’ve outgrown your treadmill and want to burst out your cardio without disturbing your neighbors or guests, you’ve got quiet bike trainers!
Running has been known to provide a lot of health benefits, but bicycling has tons more of those health benefits, especially cardiovascular benefits! It’s also a better leg day workout session if you ask us.
What better way to exercise at your own gym with a bike trainer and treadmill that doesn’t disturb the community, right?!
We’ve now transitioned from inside your home to OUTSIDE your home, where the majority of the noise will come from.
Traffic noise, for instance, is a serious headache. And we get how important silence and privacy are to you.
If you want a quick guide, we discuss methods, tricks, and solutions to reducing traffic noise in your backyard.
OR…you can take a quick glance at some of the best home soundproofing practices starting with…
Blocking Noise From Your Neighbor’s Yard
Let’s talk basic and practical — wooden fences.
Yes, really. Wood isn’t a great option indoors, but outdoors, it’s a different story. Now here’s what you need to remember about wooden fences: They should be at least 7 to 8 ft. tall.
See — if your fence is shorter than you, it won’t block as much outside noise. If you can get your hands on redwood or cedarwood, these have great thickness and density for better sound blocking.
Because here comes the second best part: Combine your wooden fence with MLV!
This DOUBLES the soundproof effect. However, it won’t look visually appealing, so you can add plywood after adding the MLV, so the MLV is sandwiched between the plywood and fence.
Here are extra bonus methods we’d love to share with you:
- Use acoustic caulk to seal the gaps in between each fence
- Add a water fountain so that it acts like natural white noise
- If you have a wire fence, it’s best to remove it and install a wooden fence. But if you don’t want to do that, buy THICK mesh and cover your fence with it. Take note, though; this won’t block sound as effective as a wooden fence.
- Adding vegetation around your yard will slightly reduce the sound coming from outside. But combined with all the methods we mentioned, this should improve your yard’s sound-blocking capabilities.
Now, what happens if you want DIY materials? We’ve got the solution for you in our guide on blocking noise from your neighbor’s yard. But a word of caution, DIY materials are not the best choices at blocking sound.
A shed is typically smaller in size than most, so it won’t take a lot of time to fully soundproof it.
Here’s how to do it:
- First, look for any gaps or cracks and seal them using acoustic caulk.
- You can either use acoustic foam or an acoustic panel for your walls. Acoustic foam is more ideal for smaller-sized spaces, and since it’s cheaper, it’s a great option for your shed.
- Weatherstripping tape is sufficient, but if you want to fully soundproof your shed from outside noise, you can replace it with a solid-core door.
- For your floor, the budget route would be to use a heavy, dense carpet. However, if you’re willing to spend more, by all means, buy acoustic underlayment.
Tip: You can use MLV instead of acoustic foam for the walls of your shed. It’s relatively cheaper for most.
If you follow all these 4 steps accordingly, you’ll have a solid soundproof shed!
We’re well aware this is the second time you’re hearing about using a fence to soundproof your yard.
If you’re feeling a little skeptical about soundproof fencing and whether it really works for your yard, we can easily answer that for you.
Allow us to explain a little further on how soundproof fencing can block noise.
The first thing you should know is that sound waves travel in a straight line. They travel in a straight line UNLESS an object or something blocks its path.
Soundproof fences work by BLOCKING the path of sound waves and throwing it back to the origin or source of the noise.
But here’s what really matters when it comes to a soundproof fence:
- There should be NO GAPS
- A minimum height between 6.5 to 8 ft is a MUST
- Thicker material will block more sound, so for a wooden fence, thicker wood like cedar or redwood are great options.
- The location also matters, specifically, where you position your fence. If it’s placed closer to your home, you won’t block off as much sound compared to if you positioned your fence closer to the street or to the source of the noise.
- Adding complementary soundproof products like MLV and soundproof paint raises your fence’s ability to block noise.
Convinced? If you’re curious, the next section below discusses the best type of fencing to use against noise.
Best Home Fence to Install for Noise Abatement
The best type of home fence you can install for noise abatement would be BRICK. These are guaranteed to block off noise the most.
But here’s the deal. You have to make sure your area’s home and building codes allow you to use brick as a fence.
If that seems like a hassle, your next best option would be an acoustic fence, but that would also COST A LOT.
That leaves us with wood.
Don’t let this discourage you. Wood is just as effective as the types we previously mentioned.
Wood is much more flexible to work with, cheaper, and you can customize it to improve your soundproof fence.
Things like MLV, soundproof paint, and acoustic caulk are all materials you can add to a wooden fence to improve noise reduction.
So you’ve successfully installed your fence and have all the tools, products, and materials covered for your yard soundproof project.
But what if you have other appliances that make the space around your yard noisy, like your generator, for example? That’s where the next couple of sections come in.
Generators are, by far, the noisiest appliances.
Turn it on, and that roaring noise is unbearable in less than 5 seconds! The easy route is to buy a quiet generator.
But that’s going to cost you a lot more than simply learning how to make your generator as quiet as a cricket. That’s right — not JUST quiet, but quiet as a cricket.
We’ll list down some home soundproofing ideas you can easily add to reduce noise in your generator:
- Installing rubber feet is a price-friendly method of reducing the vibration your generator emits
- Adding or enlarging your generator’s muffler can help reduce the noise, but it’s better if you pair this with our 3rd idea.
- Grab a few pieces of plywood and surround your generator with the plywood as if it’s enclosing your generator. This can already greatly reduce your generator’s noise by 10 decibels. Imagine combining that with an enlarged muffler.
- If buying or enlarging your generator’s muffler seems like a lot of work, we have another alternative: position your generator’s exhaust away from the house. Remember: the farther you are from the source of the noise, the less it will be heard.
- Finally, get an acoustic mat and lay it underneath your generator.
The home soundproofing methods we just mentioned are fairly simple and easy to do.
It won’t take a lot of time to install an acoustic mat, for instance, and it’s certainly much less work to re-position your generator facing away from the house.
But what happens if these approaches still lead to poor sleep and disturbed neighbors? Read on to the next section to find out!
Build a Soundproof Generator Box
If you want a surefire approach to rid the noise of your generator by 90%, then building a soundproof generator box is worth the hours you’ll spend for a lifetime of noise reduction.
Here are the basic steps you need to take:
- The first step is to take accurate measurements of your generator’s height, width, length, and depth.
- After you have the accurate measurements of your generator, ADD several inches for ventilation, and in case you also want to use it for your air compressor.
- Start cutting the boards you’ll use to build your box. You can use plywood, medium-density fiberboard, or plain fiberboard.
- Drill a hole to provide ventilation for your generator. Ventilation is crucial to prevent your generator from overheating. The hole should match the measurements of your ventilation duct.
- Grab your MLV and secure it onto your fiberboard, and use Green Glue to attach it firmly. Take note: the size of your MLV SHOULD MATCH the dimensions of your fiberboard.
- This step is optional but can add an even more enhanced effect to your soundproof box. On top of your MLV, you can use acoustic foam as your second layer. But take note: if you plan to install acoustic foam, the dimensions of your box should be wider to account for ventilation and foam.
- Install your ventilation duct.
- Assemble the box together, preferably using screws and bolts to secure the boards firmly.
And now you’re done!
With a soundproof generator box, you can easily use this to control and block the noise of your generator and even your air compressor!
Although your generator problem is solved, we also have to consider other appliances like your lawnmower, leaf blower, and pool pump for homeowners who own a pool. Yes -pool pumps can make a lot of noise!
Yard Appliances You Should Worry About
We’ll go over a few appliances in your yard to fully seal the home soundproofing deal in your home.
The first component you should check if you have a noisy lawnmower is the muffler.
Do this CAREFULLY, unless you want to burn your hands. Checking your muffler happens in 3 simple steps:
- Turn off the engine first
- Locate your muffler, which is usually installed on your lawn mower’s exhaust pipe. Grab a wrench and remove the bolts.
- Check your muffler and exhaust pipe for any signs of rust or if it has holes, punctures, damage, etc.
Now, what do you do?
- Well, clean it! If you’ve had your lawnmower for a long time and haven’t done any regular maintenance, most of the noise could be due to dirt, debris, etc.
- But if you notice signs of damage like rust or holes, it’s time to replace your muffler.
Before you replace it, though, make sure it’s compatible with your current lawn mower, AND preferably, you should get a longer muffler. A longer muffler will reduce more noise than a shorter muffler.
Once you’re ready to install your new muffler, we’ve prepared the full steps to do so in our guide to making your lawnmower quieter.
Now, take note of other parts you should check and can do to make your lawn mower quiet:
- You can use heat-resistant epoxy to fix holes in your lawn mower’s exhaust pipe or, you can buy a new exhaust pipe to ensure it’s working efficiently and minimizing noise.
- You can install an engine silencer, but we don’t recommend making this a DIY project. Consult a professional to help you out.
- You can quiet the deck of your lawnmower by using either Noico or Dynamat sound deadening mats.
- Replace your old lawnmower with an electric-type lawnmower. Electric lawnmowers have a decibel rating of 82 dB, while gas types are at 88 dB.
If you decide to buy a new lawnmower, we’ve rounded up our quietest electric and gas lawnmowers here. But it’s also worth noting that a gas lawn mower, although noisier, will last you longer and cost less long-term than an electric type.
#2 Leaf Blower
Leaf blowers might be even noisier than a lawnmower, and they’re less flexible to tamper with and install soundproof products on.
But don’t lose hope! There is a way to reduce the noise of leaf blowers. The cheapest option you can go for is to buy a white noise machine.
Simply turn it on while you’re using it to overlap the noise, or you could play music on your speakers too!
The pricier route; however, is to get a quieter leaf blower instead. In fact, there are a good number of leaf blowers that go as low as 68 dB, which is fairly quiet for a leaf blower!
#3 Pool Pump
Don’t be alarmed.
If your pool pump is making noise and it’s new, this. is. normal.
Or if your pool is fairly large and you bought a powerful pool pump, it’s only fair there would be noticeable noise.
But here’s the dealbreaker. If the noise is consistent and hasn’t stopped, there could be numerous problems or factors that contribute to your pool pump’s loud humming noise:
- There’s a lot of debris in your pool pump, and it needs to be cleaned
- Your pool pump has a bent pump shaft causing vibrating noises
- Your pool pump bearing needs lubrication
- Your pool pump has a case of cavitation
- It could be a pump flow pulsation issue, shaft misalignment, or even a pump impeller imbalance.
Because there are several possible factors, it’s not advisable to disassemble your pool pump on your own. A pool technician is ideal for this kind of job.
Although in some cases, replacing a few parts of your pool pump can be costly.
For cases like these, it’s best to invest in a quiet pool pump and conduct regular maintenance every 6 months to 1 year to ensure it stays quiet.
Soundproofing Appliances in Your House
Congratulations on reaching the final section of this home soundproofing guide!
Before we finish our guide on home soundproofing, we thought we’d also include all the appliances around your home like your heater, vents, AC, fans, etc.
HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
First, inspect your AC. It’s hard to identify where the noise is coming from if you don’t look inside your AC.
Unplug your AC, then remove the back cover.
Once removed, turn your aircon back on so you can see if any parts are loose, improperly screwed, or if a certain part clangs against another AC component.
Now, your AC could be emitting noise due to these factors:
- Your fan motor needs cleaning and lubrication
- Your fan blades may be hitting another AC component when it’s running
- Your fan blades could have some debris stuck to it
- Your AC’s blower wheel has deteriorated. Signs of rust and mold are common and signify it’s time for a change.
What are possible solutions?
- First off, when was the last time you had your AC cleaned? If it’s been years or even months, this could be the cause.
- Second, if your condensing coil is loose, you can add a wooden wedge to tighten it. The same goes for similar AC parts.
- And finally, see if any parts are beyond repair. If there are, replace these parts immediately.
If you feel uncomfortable tampering with your AC components, consult a professional to help you out. Additionally, we’ve created a more detailed home soundproofing guide for you in our article on quieting a noisy window air conditioner.
BUT, if you don’t want to go through all that just to quiet your noisy AC, you can just buy a new, quiet wall air conditioner instead.
What About the Noise Coming From My Outside AC?
Those vents can be pretty annoying.
We have 5 solutions for reducing noise from your outside AC; however, it’s worth noting 2 out of the 5 solutions here:
- You can opt for a soundproof blanket. Take note, though: this is only a temporary fix and may cause problems for your fan’s ventilation long-term.
- You can build a soundproof frame or fence that encloses your AC. Like the soundproof box section we mentioned earlier, you can build a soundproof frame using medium-density fiberboard and MLV to significantly reduce noise.
Earlier in this guide, we mentioned how your heater could become noisy, especially for those living in apartments.
But it’s not so much that old heaters are the culprit of your noise problem. It also DEPENDS on which heater you’re using.
There are 3 types: infrared, oil-filled, and ceramic heaters.
Among all three, infrared heaters are the QUIETEST. That’s because ceramic heaters have a fan that produces a blowing fan noise.
Oil-filled heaters are fanless, meaning they don’t produce noise; however, oil-filled heaters usually come with a metallic construction. When metal heats up, it expands. And when it expands, you’ll hear a clicking noise.
Now, what if you hear a humming or screeching noise?
- A screeching noise indicates your heater SHOULD BE replaced.
- Humming is normal and indicates your transformer is working properly. Most heaters will have a humming noise when it’s heating up.
If you’re thinking about replacing your old heater or have heard that screeching noise consistently, we’ve roundup up our 9 quietest space heater options here.
Our first question: When was the last time you cleaned your air vents? If it’s been a while, clean these first and test the noise level.
Next, how old are your vents? You might have to upgrade your current vent system into a better, more modern HVAC system.
Sometimes though, what you’re dealing with is not noise due to a broken or old vent, but rather the noise from return air.
If you’re wondering whether the noise from return air can be reduced, yes, it can. But if you’re looking for the quickest possible solution, we highly recommend getting a hunnycomb insert.
The name might be funny, but to tell you the truth? It seriously works!
And the best part? It’s a simple plug-and-play installation! All you have to do is remove your air vent grill, insert the hunnycomb insert, then pop your air vent grill back!
Another GREAT technique is to build a zigzag maze INSIDE your vent! This is how it will look like:
You’ll need plywood and acoustic foam to build this maze successfully. For a full layout and the complete number of steps, our article on soundproofing vents has everything you’re looking for.
Are There Soundproof Alternatives to Vents?
It might have crossed your mind…”Is there a cleaner, more efficient, and less-hassle of a product to properly ventilate my home?”
We won’t lie. Every home needs vents. Vents are practically capable of delivering proper ventilation around the whoooole house.
If you’re thinking of soundproof alternatives to vents for smaller areas like your bedroom, kitchen, living space, etc., then there most definitely are!
First up, for regulating clean air around your space and ensuring what you breathe is fresh and clean, an air purifier is a perfect alternative. Even better, there are quiet air purifiers available in the market.
Fans come in several types, so it’s safe to say not every fan requires the same solution. Let’s go over the different types of fans and how to soundproof them.
Before we dive into the different types, here’s a general step-by-step guide on how to make fans quieter to help you get started.
There are only 2 parts you should check when it comes to a tower fan: the base and the top part.
If the noise is coming from the base of your tower fan, you can use a heavy carpet or soundproof mat underneath it to reduce the rattling noise.
But what if it’s coming from the top part?
For cases like these, there are several things you can do:
- Check if the buttons are loose. If they are, you can insert a small piece of paper to tighten them.
- Check for any loose screws or bolts and tighten any that require a secure fit.
- Open your fan grill and see if it needs cleaning. Dust and debris are common factors, so it’s worth checking this out first.
- Did your fan come with foam installed? Some fans have foam installed internally. However, the foam can also wear down over time, so you may have to replace it with new foam. Be sure to get the foam that matches your fan’s brand and model.
- Inspect your fan motor. If you still have the manual with you, try to see if your fan requires regular lubrication. If it does, and you haven’t lubricated them recently, that could be the problem.
- If none of these approaches worked, perhaps it’s time to replace it with a new tower fan.
Pedestal fans, room fans, or even desk fans all follow a similar process to what we mentioned in the tower fan section.
However, it’s more common for the base of a pedestal fan to be the culprit of your rattling noise. That being said, a heavy carpet/rug or soundproof blanket should reduce the vibration of your fan’s base.
You can follow all the steps we mentioned in the tower fan section along with the following:
- Your fan blades will typically be bolted or screwed by a single centerpiece bolt/screw. Over time, this can wear down, rust, and become loose. If it’s damaged beyond any cleaning possible, buy a new bolt/screw to ensure a secure fit.
- The fan cage for a pedestal and desk fan will usually have lock clips. Sometimes, these clips aren’t as secure as you think. It’s possible they weren’t latched properly or, a small piece could be chipped off. Cases like these contribute to the rattling noise you hear. Either buy a new fan cage altogether, or you can try adding a piece of rubber in between to close the gap.
- As mentioned earlier, oiling the motor usually solves the issue.
- Are your fan blades aligned? If your fan blades are imbalanced, what you’ll hear is an annoying whirring noise. This is easier to fix if your fan blades are metal — simply level the blades on a flat surface, then check if the bottom of the edges makes contact with the surface. If not, align each blade until all are aligned. If your blades are plastic, it’s best to buy new blades.
- You should consider using liquid bearings to reduce the maintenance needed while keeping your fan quiet and running efficiently.
- It might be time to buy a new quiet pedestal fan if none of the solutions here worked.
TIP: You don’t always have to rely on a pedestal fan when you sleep. If the noise is unbearable, perhaps a quiet desk fan is more ideal. Now, they don’t pack as much power as a pedestal fan, but they shine the most if you want cooling that’s directly facing you with less noise. Plus! They’re convenient for your bedside!
A question we often get asked about ceiling fans is: “why is my fan making a clicking noise?”
We hear you — 100%.
Here are some DIY steps you can do:
- Tighten EVERY blade on your ceiling fan.
- If your ceiling fan came with a light bulb or a globe installed, check if these components aren’t loose. For a light bulb, you can easily screw it to tighten it. But for a globe, sometimes there may be cracks. If you notice any crack, replace your globe.
- It’s no doubt your ceiling fan is attached to your ceiling mount. Ever wondered if maybe your mount requires tightening?
Did those solutions help? If not, maybe you need advanced troubleshooting like:
- Checking for any warped blades or misalignment. If 1 or 2 blades are misaligned or warped, you can bend them back into shape.
- Lubricate your ceiling fan’s bearings.
- Inspect your junction box. Are there any loose components? If you see any that needs a tighter fit, you can tighten all the connections in your junction box.
TAKE NOTE! These advanced troubleshooting steps are safer and better with a licensed electrician by your side. They’re ADVANCED for a reason. Surely, you don’t want any accidents to happen, right?
Before we head over to the next section, there is 1 more thing you can try: Get a quiet ceiling fan.
If that’s not enough to ventilate your space and cool the heat during summer, quiet window fans are a great help in keeping you cool while reducing electric bills! They’re also far, faaarr cheaper.
Now comes the easy part.
Cleaning appliances aren’t exactly the best contenders if you’re thinking of wrapping them with soundproof blankets or acoustic foam.
It doesn’t make sense, right?
PLUS: With all the soundproof blankets, rugs, carpets, and mats you’re considering, these have to be cleaned, right?
And what better way to clean ALL these than with a quiet cleaning appliance?
If you’re thinking of a quiet cleaning appliance to have for wiping off all the dirt, grime, and debris, you can’t go wrong with quiet shop vacs.
Yes — they’re bulky and don’t exactly spell portable in their design. BUT, they’re ideal if you want a 2-in-1 cleaner for your home.
Because they’re more powerful, big open spaces are a shop vac’s favorite. YOU COULD even clean your car with a shop vac!
Then again, you’re also free to choose a regular joe vacuum cleaner.
They’re more flexible to use, and some are light enough you can easily carry around or store without issues when you don’t have any use for them. DON’T WORRY. There really are quiet vacuum cleaners available on the market!
And then came the clock.
Honestly, the ticking noise freaks us out, especially at night. And that’s why we came up with ways to make a clock quieter.
You might think that oiling the motor is the easiest way to go about it, but lubrication is the most challenging for clocks.
The easiest method is to keep your clock INSIDE an airtight container, like a jar, for example. A LARGE jar that is.
However, the biggest downside is if you’re using your clock as your alarm too, this isn’t such a great idea.
So what else can you do?
Well…you could get a mains-powered clock instead.
Since mains-powered clocks use mains’ frequency to synchronize their time, you probably won’t see the second hand that makes the creepy and anxiety-ridden ticking noise.
Generally, a mains-powered clock won’t emit noise compared to a regular clock. Your last and final option would be to buy a silent clock!
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of buying soundproof materials just to reduce your clock’s noise, then buying a silent non-ticking wall clock is the better route. And, they aren’t even expensive!
Other Soundproofing Techniques
Neighbors aren’t the only problem you have to deal with. Have you ever thought: What about at night? Sure, your neighbor’s party might be a problem, but only during certain occasions.
What about crickets? And what about the echoing in your space? These are our final home soundproofing tips we want to share with you before you go.
How to Get Rid of Cricket Noise at Night
First, let’s not panic.
Second, take a rational approach: search for ALL common areas crickets usually hide:
- Crickets love standing water or damp areas so if you have a bowl of water sitting outside your porch or a water fountain, dry these out.
- Crickets love the light. However, sodium vapor bulbs and yellow light are a cricket’s worst nightmare. We recommend installing these lights outdoors.
- Install a screen guard too just in case they decide to enter your home and make even more noise inside.
If crickets have infested your space, here’s how to ELIMINATE and rid these creatures of the night:
- Spread food-grade diatomaceous earth in all places where crickets could be hiding. This includes your plants, small gaps, and even near leaky pipes! Food-grade diatomaceous earth dries out a cricket’s exoskeleton and keeps them from surviving.
- You can also use water and vinegar to kill them
- Create a mixture using maple syrup or molasses to bait crickets. Once they take a sip, they’ll drown in the syrup. And yes — crickets looove sweet and sticky, so think of maple syrup as bait.
Want to know WHICH type of cricket you’re dealing with? Read more about it in our complete guide on getting rid of cricket noises!
How to Reduce Echo in a Room
Reducing echoes don’t work the same as sound blocking.
What you’re doing here is reduce the reverberations so that the noise DOES NOT amplify. To do that, your best approach is to use acoustic foam and paste it in different areas around your room.
Similarly, you can use a thick and dense carpet along with soundproof curtains to reduce the echo even more!
You need a combination of soundproof products and acoustical treatment materials to EFFECTIVELY drown out all the noise.
If you want a cheap and less costly approach, we’ve got a few ideas for you in our guide to reducing echoes in your room!
And That’s a Wrap!
That must have been a lot to handle, right? Whichever part you want to soundproof first, make sure to follow the steps outlined accordingly.
Feel free to use this home soundproofing article as a guide while you’re working on each part of your home.
Happy home soundproofing, and it’s time to say hello to the peace and quiet in your home!