Sound protection can be achieved with many types of windows
There are many kinds of windows. They come in different shapes and sizes and must withstand various stresses. Today it is possible to design practically any window as an acoustical window. Even roof windows and skylights can serve as acoustical windows and meet the requirements of one of the noise protection classes. The decision about which window to choose for a building depends, of course, on the ambient noise level. However, the sensitivity of the residents to noise also plays an important role. People who are very sensitive to noise should ensure that they install acoustical windows during the building or refurbishment process.
Why noise protection is so important
Today it is practically impossible to completely avoid noise pollution. We are almost constantly surrounded by commotion and noise that we mostly just ignore. However, being under constant pressure from noise not only has a negative impact on our hearing, it also has a significant effect on us physically which can lead to a deterioration in our health and can be difficult to determine. Who would think that heart disease or high blood pressure could be caused by exposure to excessive noise?
Noise control not only makes an important contribution to protecting people's health in the private sector, but employers also have to provide their employees with the appropriate equipment to protect their hearing. Besides protecting those employees employed in the production process, manufacturing companies also have to protect those working in administration. If offices are located inside the production area or close to it, it has proven to be worthwhile installing acoustical windows. Reduced noise pollution using increased sound insulation creates a relaxed working atmosphere that not only reduces the number of sick days taken but also increases productivity significantly.
Funding opportunities for acoustical windows
The importance attached to acoustical window installation is underlined by the various funding opportunities available. Residents can benefit from funding to install acoustical windows, particularly in densely populated areas. Homeowners can ask their local authority if they qualify for funding. Many towns now have maps marked with areas in need of protection. Funding is, however, partially restricted to individual parts of the home. Normally, children’s rooms, living rooms and bedrooms are considered worthy of protection. Depending on your town and region, you may be eligible for a subsidy of about 75 percent for the installation of noise protection class 4 acoustical windows.
Acoustical windows can, of course, be retrofitted. If existing windows are to be replaced and upgraded to meet the new Energy Saving Regulation, people should not only take into consideration the thermal insulation class, but also demand enhanced sound insulation.