Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd
In New England, typically we think about insulation in the winter, when our houses are drafty and the cost of heat takes a toll on our bank accounts. In the southern part of this country, homeowners think about insulation when temperatures creep up into the 100s and certain rooms refuse to be cooled below 85, even with the central air system is set to 70.
Wherever you live, you’re thinking about insulation when you’re uncomfortable and when you’re spending too much money on energy bills. You aren’t really thinking about insulation when you can hear the neighbor outside talking to her dog. You aren’t thinking about insulation when a motorcycle speeds past your house and wakes up your baby. But you should.
Insulation reduces noise. Specifically spray foam and densely packed cellulose are known to dramatically reduce noise.
In my own house, when we were replacing the flooring in an upstairs bedroom, my husband had the opportunity to insulate the ceiling above our living room. We noticed that the room seemed very calm, but we just thought it was due to color choices! It wasn’t until I was watching a loud action movie and my husband was working upstairs that he noticed the incredible change. He couldn’t hear the TV!
When you insulate exterior walls properly, you shouldn’t be able to hear everything that happens outside. Noise is greatly reduced and your home becomes this lovely calm oasis.
This photograph shows both spray foam insulation and foam board insulation, both great noise reducers. Not all insulation materials provide this benefit, but if this noise reduction appeals to you, be sure to mention it in your home energy evaluation appointment.