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Old 08-14-2018, 11:16 PM   #1
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"Soundproof" window with Air Vent/Flow?


Looking for options to reduce the traffic noise through a standard size bedroom window that I want to be able to open for ventilation also. Has a side open/close crank so I can open and close even if I put an insert in. Realize it isn't going to eliminate noise but would like to reduce it. Don't want to put in a new window. Willing to DIY or purchase. Suggestions?
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You present two problems, the normal sound passing through the glass and the additional sound that will enter when the window is open which is probably the greater of the two.

First thought would be heavy drapes in front of the window they would absorb sound from both sources while allowing incoming air to find its way around the edges. Easy to test so improvise something and let us know if it comes close to working.

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You are not going to be able to block noise AND open the window for ventilation at the same time. As soon as you open the window, even a little bit, you will let in the noise. However, you can rig up something to block noise while the window is closed. My first thought is to make some thick soundproofing insert that fits into the frame of the window and that you can remove when you want to open the window. I found the website linked below and they call it a "window plug". They have a LOT of great suggestions on how to soundproof a window. I'm bookmarking the site for myself because I am very sensitive to noise (I always have extra boxes of silicone putty earplugs on hand).

https://homerecordingpro.com/how-to-...roof-a-window/




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Windows are poor insulators from temperature and sound. Just the way it is.
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I have a large single pane picture window in my 1957 block home
that I want to replace with a sound suppressing similar window
and another half the size on the same side of the house in a bedroom.
both face a street that is becoming more and more saturated with traffic.
I called one of the major window companies for an "over the phone" estimate
and they sent out a sales rep - - - -
after 30 minutes, the sales rep says the CHEAPEST option would be $5,250.00
for the two windows with a lifetime guarantee. JEEEEZZZEEE FIVE GRAND. . .
so I am going to do the job myself with 3 windows that are top of the line
double insulated energy efficient and do not open. . . . for way less than a grand.
Blake - call a couple of window companies to get an idea of your options
and see what you can do yourself - within your skill set and budget.
attached is a photo of what I expect to have after the replacement windows are installed.
I am an outside person and a bit claustrophobic when closed up so I really need
my SUNSHINE !!!! so for me, heavy curtains is not an option.
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Ya Johnny, the heavy drapes was an attempt to deal with the open window. There are many ways to address sound through the glass as I'm sure cat's link discusses.

Another approach for the op, if the house can be accommodated, could be a fan powered vent into a basement and up through the floor for example. Turning the fan on would provide the fresh air along with some white noise to mask the road sounds.

Blake hasn't returned as yet so we will wait to see what he thinks.

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Thanks for the suggestions. Checking. Also found some of the following.

Thoughts?

http://www.soundservice.co.uk/quiet-...for-rooms.html



https://homerecordingpro.com/how-to-...roof-a-window/

https://www.apexacoustics.co.uk/atte...ation-options/


https://www.starglaze-windows.com/ne...trickle-vents/

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