Find Out Why Heathrow’s Closest Neighbour Uses Secondary Glazing
We’ve all heard the roaring engines of planes flying above us, but what is it like for those living next to the busiest airport in Europe?
Harri Patel has been Heathrow’s closest neighbour for 23 years, with his end of terrace house just 300 yards from the airport’s terminal 4. Fortunately, there’s a way to protect homes from the extreme levels of noise. Read on as we take a look how…
Ear-popping noise levels
You don’t need to live near an airport to know that aeroplanes are ridiculously loud. They generally generate sounds measuring between 120-140 decibels. To put that into context, any sound above 85 decibels could potentially cause hearing damage. And this becomes more likely with frequent exposure.
It’s no wonder that noise from Heathrow has been classified as ‘significantly annoying’ by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). They also found that noise from Heathrow impacts more people than any other European airport.
It’s not just annoyance and potential hearing damage. CAA research found an average of 79.7 movements per 8-hour night throughout the summer. That’s a whole load of lost sleep for nearby residents. Even worse, there are no EU or UK limits that airports must adhere to.
Coping with the noise
With around 1400 planes taking off and landing here every day, how do nearby residents cope with the noise of the jets? In a recent interview, Harri Patel surprisingly revealed that his family don’t hear it.
Heathrow Airport’s noise insulation scheme subsidises the cost of replacement windows and provides free secondary glazing for all properties exposed to aircraft noise. There’s also free loft insulation and ventilation for affected homes, of which there are over 40,000.
For those closer to the airport, the Quieter Homes Scheme provides a more comprehensive approach. It comprises an independent assessment and tailored noise insulation measures, all paid for by the airport.
With Heathrow Airport installing secondary glazing, in addition to the existing double glazing, thousands of nearby residents enjoy the benefits of living so close to the airport without the off-putting noise. “You don’t hear anything when the doors and windows are shut,” explains Mr Patel.
How does secondary glazing combat aviation noise?
Secondary glazing involves the installation of another glass pane to your existing windows. This is a cost-effective, discreet way of adding an extra layer of insulation to your home. But why is it so effective for noise insulation?
Unlike double glazing windows, where the two pieces of glass are fused together, secondary glazing offers two independent glass panes, doubling the sound insulation. With secondary glazing solutions, you can reduce outside noise by over 50 decibels – 5 times that achieved by single or double glazing.
The gap between the two glass panes is the secret to ensuring a quiet home, with the cavity creating a dampening effect, absorbing more of the outside noise and creating a better sound-insulated home.
Interested in secondary glazing?
If, like Harri and his family, you want to enjoy a quieter life, get in touch with Clearview to find out more about insulating your windows.
We provide discreet, high-performance secondary glazing solutions, as well as DIY secondary glazing kits and installation. Sound good? Get your free quote today.
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