Decorate with Curtains and Rugs
Add Insulation and Drywall
Insulation is essential in turning down the volume of daily living, and a layer or two of drywall will substantially reduce sound transmission. One effective option, QuietRock, an acoustical drywall, can reduce sound transmission by 25 to 40 percent compared with a wall built with standard drywall.
Try Sound-Dampening Underlays
Sound-dampening underlays can limit noise transmission from the floor. The dense sheets are rolled over the entire floor, underneath the top layer of flooring, and taped along the seams. There are sound-dampening underlays for just about every floor type, so be sure to choose the correct one.
Install Solid-Core Doors
Apply Duct Wrap
Adopt a Shoes-Off Policy
Opt for a Quiet Dishwasher
Use Sound Reduction Pads
Put rubber pads under countertop appliances to add a cushioning layer between the motor-driven machine and the hard surface, cutting down on noise. The same can be done for other household appliances, from air-conditioning units to washing machines. There are many options, including rubber, neoprene, and cork sound-reduction pads.
Fix Squeaky Floors
Switch to a DC-Powered Garage Door Opener
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