The outside world can offer a lot of noisy interference sometimes. Some people live near busy interstates listening to the drone of highway traffic. Others, live in crowded suburban areas filled with the neighborhood kids running amok at all hours of the day. Maybe you’re just not a fan of excessive bird song or bugs buzzing outside your window.

We Don’t Live in a Vacuum

Whether we want it to or not, sound travels. Your neighbors will always need to mow their lawns, and somewhere there will always be an aspiring garage band practicing. But what if you don’t want to have to hear about it? Is it possible to make yourself a impenetrable fortress of silence and zen-like solitude? Well, maybe not exactly, but you can certainly tame the outside world’s noise if not conquer it completely.

Luckily, there are a few easy to find and apply home improvements that can get you started.

First and foremost, you probably want to take a look at your windows. Many older windows were simply designed to be view ports to the outside of your home. With basic building materials, there is a strong chance that some of your windows are no better at keeping sound out open or closed. Looking at newer, energy-efficient replacement windows can serve dual purposes in this situation. One, your looking at saving money on your energy bill, and two your new windows can better keep sound out.

If New Windows Aren’t Enough…

Speaking of energy efficiency, there’s a decent chance that you haven’t given much thought to your home insulation lately. Ideally, it’s already working and doing it’s basic function effectively. Have you wondered if it could be doing more for you though? Chances are that it could. Much like the new windows, there are many new insulation technologies that offer multiple home improvement functions, like spray foam insulation and radiant barrier insulation. Newer, or sometimes even just thicker insulation can really help a homeowner across the board. Not only can it offer the sound proofing from outside the home, it can even reduce noise indoors. No who doesn’t want a little extra privacy in the home?

Is There Anything Else?

Why yes, there is something. Think leafy, think green, think plants. That’s right, in furthering your pursuit of peace and quiet you can actually employ the quietest living thing on the planet. Both out door and indoor plants alike have been scientifically proven to help with noise reduction. The way they are structured, the leaves and stems actually absorb sound much better than regular non-organic materials like plaster. Additionally, they’re irregular shapes prevent sound from easily bouncing around and reverberating like they do off of walls. Kind of gives new context to the question about a tree falling in the woods with no one to hear it…

In our long-running quest to find a peaceful moment at home, one tries not to stress the journey. At the end of the day, nobody wants to be grumpy at their neighbors for having some people over. Just as you would hope they wouldn’t want to call the cops on you for having a small cookout with friends. At the end of the day, noise reduction is just as much about personal comfort as it is about being considerate.