by Steve Dowell

June 16, 2011

We all like our homes to be a safe, healthy, and stress-free environment. For this reason, many of us install dependable home security systems and keep our homes clean and structurally safe. However, there’s one aspect to a healthy living environment that is beyond our control: noise pollution. Noise pollution is defined as “displeasing human, animal or machine-created sound that disrupts the activity or balance of human or animal life.” According to Noise Free America, an organization committed to combating noise pollution in the US, noise pollution can lead to a variety of serious health problems, including risk of heart attacks due to elevated blood pressure, loss of hearing, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. In addition, it can acerbate the manifestation of certain psychiatric disorders. So knowing all of this, how can you use your home security system to protect yourself and your family from noise pollution?

The problem with noise pollution is that it is usually caused by external factors, such as a nearby highway or airport, construction, or even water or animals. Since you can’t remove the source of the noise, you need to protect yourself from it. This is where your home security system can play a key role. Your outer layer of home security – your doors and windows – are secured to protect you from intruders entering your home. But they can also protect you from noise penetrating your living environment. Roller shutter doors and windows provide a sturdy wall of defense to intruders, as well as sound. They’re constructed of a curtain of interlocking slats you can roll up or down to form a continuous impassable curtain. The entire structure is welded, so it can’t be moved aside. Homes with roller shutter doors and windows form an almost impenetrable fortress that can’t be breached until the shutter roller doors are open.

Though it might not be an enticing idea to live in an iron fortress all day long, most homeowners who add roller shutters to their home security systems only use them at night or when they’re away. For homes with severe noise pollution, a possible solution can be to only close the roller shutters on the side the sound is coming from, and to use artificial natural lighting inside to give the atmosphere of daylight if the interior becomes too dark. Besides being a great addition to your home security system and reducing noise pollution, roller shutter doors and windows can also help save energy, reduce heat loss and control air borne pollutants.

Steve Dowell is an expert writer on subjects related to home security systems. Read more on his blog