AIRCRAFT NOISE POLLUTION
Living beneath a flightpath is truly bothersome. Whether it’s keeping you awake at night, or annoying you throughout the day, you could set your watch to the sounds of jet engines blaring overhead – but why would you want to?
That’s why we’ve created this guide to soundproof windows for aircraft and plane noise pollution. To keep those sounds out of your home, giving you peaceful days and silent nights. By focusing on the issue at the source, we look to deal with your individual problem, and find the right solution for you.
Depending upon your proximity to a flight path, a jet engine can be either an annoying whirr, or an unbearable roar. At one mile high, the sound of the engine reaches 90 decibels, which is considered damaging to your hearing after 8 hours of exposure.
Aircraft noise itself is caused by airflow around the aircraft fuselage and wings as well as noise from the engines. Different aircraft produce different noise levels, noise frequencies and tones, and these can be considerably different depending upon whether the aircraft is taking off or landing.
The following tables are taken from the National Air Traffic Services’ (NATS) flight surveys, and should give you an idea of the levels of noise pollution from aeroplanes (Lmax) you may be experiencing:
TABLE 1: AIRCRAFT NOISE POLLUTION LEVELS UPON ARRIVAL
To put this into perspective, here is an example of Boeing B737-400 descending from 1,400ft:
TABLE 2: AIRCRAFT NOISE POLLUTION LEVELS UPON DEPARTURE
To put this into perspective, here is an example of the noise impact from a Boeing B777-W at 4,300ft and climbing.
As you can see, aircraft noise pollution varies greatly upon the source of the problem. And the solution to your personal noise pollution problems will depend upon the type of aircraft you have overhead, whether they’re coming or going and your distance from the flight path.
THE HEALTH EFFECTS
Living in too close a proximity to a runway can lead to serious damage to your hearing over the course of even a few hours, let alone a few months. Additionally, excessive exposure to noise pollution from aircraft has been proven to cause hypertension and significantly increase your chance of developing cardiovascular diseases, as well as decreased productivity and impaired learning.
This has been proven to be especially impactful upon children, whose memory and capacity to learn can be hampered by continuous exposure to disturbing noise levels.
AIRCRAFT NOISE POLLUTION PRODUCTS
Due to the fact that each property will experience noise pollution from aircraft to varying degrees, there are a variety of options available to help combat the problem you face individually.
The following is a breakdown of the products we stock and a general grouping of who they are best suited to. Depending upon your specific aircraft noise pollution source, we can then recommend certain types of glazing designed to combat the frequencies affecting you.
These are on the lower end of our soundproof windows, providing a reduction of between 36 and 38 decibels. We recommend these windows to those for whom aircraft noise is an annoyance rather than a burden. Typically these are homes between 6-10 miles from a flight path.
Available in sash, casement windows and in French doors.
Homes within 6-10 miles of flight path. Non-living rooms in homes closer to flight path.
For those between 2-6 miles of the flightpath, we tend to recommend the Soundproof Plus range. Providing a reduction of up to 45dB, they are constructed of triple layered hardwood and specialist glazing, which has been proven to dramatically reduce aircraft noise in your home. Available in both sash and casement and as french doors, these windows are highly recommended in bedrooms and living areas.
up to 45dB
Homes within 2-6 miles of a flightpath, frequently used living areas.
HIGH PERFORMANCE SECONDARY WINDOWS
(only available in casement and French doors)
These are high performance windows which are recommended to those who are suffering from severe noise pollution from planes and aircraft. By placing a secondary glazing unit within your existing window frame, you can expect a ‘doubling down’ of noise reduction with values upwards of around 80dB. We recommend the installation of these products in properties which are directly below a flightpath, or in properties in which the existing window frames cannot be replaced.
up to 59dB
1-2 miles beneath flightpath, listed buildings.
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SOUNDPROOF WINDOWS FOR AIRCRAFT NOISE POLLUTION
We want to help you regain your restful nights and peaceful days, that’s why we offer impartial advice on all of the products we stock, as well as other noise reduction solutions available on the market. So whether you want to talk to us about soundproof windows, or simply complain about planes, let’s talk.