For movie or music aficionados it can be difficult living in a condo or apartment. There's a fine balance between the volume you prefer versus pissing off your neighbors (or even facing hefty fines). On the flip side it's never fun trying to sleep or enjoy your home when your neighbors are listening to heavy metal or stomping around in high heels. So how do you know if it's you or your neighbor that's the noisy one?
In the county where I live the maximum allowable noise levels in residential areas are 65 dBA during the daytime and 55 dBA at nighttime. That's seriously quiet for those of you who enjoy a bit of volume in your movies or music.
A quick and easy way to test how much noise you're making is to use a sound meter to measure the sound levels. Sound meters are readily available from your local Radio Shack or Home Depot. If you have an iPhone (and other smartphones too) you can download inexpensive (and some free) apps - here are a few:
- SPL Sound Meter ($.99)
- Decibel Meter ($1.99)
- Decibal Meter Pro ($.99)
- Decibel ($.99)
- Digital Sound Meter ($.99)
Once you know how loud you actually are, you can be the good neighbor and help do your part to keep the
noise down peace.
Here are some great tips and strategies on how to keep noise in/out: