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Noise pollution, or sound pollution as it is often called, is a major factor in causing increased stress levels which can lead to health issues. For some people, extensive exposure to noise pollution can cause anxiety and a feeling of stress without any perceived cause. Depending on where you live, you will experience different levels of noise exposure throughout your day, but it’s important to try and create a quiet space within your home to unwind in. Some people are lucky enough to have a larger home where they can escape from noise altogether by avoiding rooms containing the loudest appliances, like washing machines and extractor fans. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the majority of people, who have no option but to have all of our domestic appliances in close proximity to our living spaces. Ahead we offer 3 tips on how to relieve the negative effects of sound pollution at home.

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Reduce noise with quieter household appliances

Many people are unaware of the levels of noise in their own home – with televisions, children and pets all helping to increase volume levels. In addition there may be added external noise, for example from a busy road or airport, which can vary greatly depending on where you live. To start to combat noise in your own home you should be aware of the appliances around you that are adding to the overall background noise. Once you are aware of the worst culprits you can swap them for quieter alternatives that could substantially reduce the amount of background noise in your home, and possibly help to lower your stress levels.

Quiet Washing Machines: Washing machines are notoriously noisy, especially during the spin cycle. New vibration-reducing technology has resulted in a new breed of quiet washing machine, which allows you to do the washing at a time when it suits you, without disturbing the rest of the household.

Quiet Kettles:  Although the kettle is not on for such a prolonged period of time as a washing machine or tumble dryer, the noise some kettles produces can be quite disruptive, especially when you are trying to concentrate in a work at home situation or even just relaxing in front of a movie. Buying a quiet kettle is an easy way to turn down the volume, allowing you to make the tea without disturbing the peace.

 

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Take a break and go for a walk

Sometimes we just need to take a walk and remove ourselves from a stressful situation. For people who work from home, this can be a useful technique to alleviate stress and refresh the mind. Some people like to take their laptop out with them and work remotely in a café – taking a break from their usual working environment. Even if you are not working from home, a break from the house is a great way to de-stress. If you live in the countryside you could take a walk around your local area and soak up some scenery before heading home to get down to work or relaxation. Even if you live in a busy city, a walk can clear your head and give your mind a nice break from the task you have been focusing on.

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Play ambient music

If you live in a particularly noisy neighborhood then playing music can be a great way to focus on your task and avoid distraction from outside noise. Some types of music can distract you more than others. Ambient music is perfect because it is subtle, consistent and sits perfectly in the background. Experiment with the types of music that allow you to best focus or relax depending on what you want to do with your time at home. Most people find that instrumental music makes a better background sound than music with a singer, but it’s worth trying both to see which works best for you.

If you live in an area where a lot of construction work is taking place then noise-cancelling headphones can be a useful way to block out external noise, allowing you to listen to your music without distraction.

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Author Bio: Tom Clark writes on many topics including reducing noise pollution and environmentally-friendly business. The Quiet Mark is the International mark of approval awarded by the UK Noise Abatement Society inspiring companies all over the world to develop quieter machines and appliances for everyday life.

 

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  1. sampardue October 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Hi Tom,

    I wanted to invite you to check out Indow Windows, an environmental product that has the lovely side effect of dramatically reducing the noise coming in through your windows. We have a funny video here: http://www.indowwindows.com/sound-deadening-windows.

    We won Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products of the Year award in 2011 and an Edison Award in 2012. The product installs non-destructively, so you avoid the cost and waste of window replacement.

    Warm regards,

    Sam
    CEO, Founder
    Indow Windows

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