Reduce noise with Ecoease secondary glazing
According to a census carried out in 2014 83% of us live in urban areas. Living in towns and cities often means a fast-paced lifestyle, but alongside this there are associated problems. These include increased traffic, pollution and its negative health effects, and noise pollution.
Noise pollution is the term used to describe the harmful effect of too much outdoor noise. This build-up of noise can be due to cars, buses, trucks, sounds from construction sites, loud music, large gatherings of people and more. Sounds bombard the brain and an inability to switch off the noise can lead to hearing loss, anxiety and even cardiovascular problems.
According to the World Health Organisation, “Traffic noise alone is harmful to the health of almost every third person in the WHO European Region. One in five Europeans is regularly exposed to sound levels at night that could significantly damage health.” When we enter our homes we want to be able to turn off this outside din but that is often easier said than done.
Many properties in urban areas have old windows and doors and poor insulation, meaning outside noise can still permeate inside your home. A lot of improvements to your property that can help insulate against outside sound can be expensive, for example new double-glazed windows or soundproofed walls and ceilings. If you don’t own your property you are unlikely to want to pay money out for something that you may not get the benefit of. If you are a landlord, you may decide that you will not recover the additional expenditure of expensive upgrades and so may not think it worthwhile.
How can Ecoease secondary glazing help?
Ecoease secondary glazing costs around 15% of the price of an average double glazing installation. It can reduce noise pollution by up to 55% (up to 13 dB reduction when added to existing 4mm single glazing) and outperforms double glazing by up to 10%. This reduction is due to the air space created between the Ecoease glazing panel and the original glass window. This air space creates a baffle, reducing external noises. For acoustic insulation in general, the bigger the gap you can achieve the better, with a 100mm gap being the optimum. While the gap in a 24mm double-glazed unit is a mere 16mm, secondary glazing gives the opportunity for a much larger gap, depending on the specifications of your windows.
Mrs Thomas on Ecoease Secondary Glazing: “We have just ordered more secondary glazing as we are so pleased with our past purchases – no more condensation and it softens the traffic noise. We are very cosy as we had our large bay window covered with it. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It is very easy to install, we highly recommend it.”
Noise pollution can have long-term health consequences if steps are not taken to reduce the effects, so why not take advantage of this low cost glazing solution and keep your home a quiet haven while the noise stays outside of your home.