I love where I live, but I don't love my house's construction. It has 24" center studs, lots of space in the walls, and every time an exterior door is shut the windows in nearly all rooms rattle. The roof-mounted AC compressor also induces more vibration than I care for inside. With young kids at home whom I would sometimes prefer to stay asleep, I'd like to find solutions to quiet down these transient noises.
Would adding diagonal bracing (What are these horizontal & diagonal 'studs' in the wall called?) be helpful in transmitting vibrations to the ground instead of the walls? Would new windows be more effective? What can I do to make my house more livable?