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Common EMF Sources Found Throughout the Home, Part 2
More Common EMF Sources That Can Be Found in Most Parts of the Home
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25 House-wide Sources of EMFs, Continued
The following are some more commonplace, man-made EMF sources people are subjected to in there there homes.
Again, many of these can be reduced or eliminated by simple lifestyle changes and without much effort.
Along with our recommended, “Low EMF” solutions, we’ve included links to some of the EMF sources, too. We’ve included these, so that you get a better idea of what the products are and what to be on the lookout for.
Location of Appliances & HVAC Systems
Any appliance or HVAC system component that has a motor, fan or condenser will have magnetic fields of varying degrees.
There are home, apartment and condo layouts where these items are directly on the other side of the wall from bedrooms and living areas. This can mean that beds, couches and other frequented areas are in the middle of elevated magnetic fields.
It’s worth surveying the areas around the following appliances and making sure you, your children or you pets aren’t spending significant time in elevated magnetic fields.
There are home and apartment layouts where the refrigerator backs up against a shared wall with a bedroom or living area.
The sides of some refrigerator models can have extremely elevated magnetic fields. Make sure your bed or couch isn’t directly on the other side of the wall from these models.
A Low EMF Solution
Most refrigerators can’t be moved to another location in the kitchen, so you’ll most likely need to move the bed or furniture in the adjacent room.
These magnetic fields can be reduced with shielding, as well.
Similarly to refrigerators, be aware of the location of your furnace or neighbor’s furnaces in relation to your home’s frequented areas.
Washer & Dryer Location
In apartments or condos, these can be tucked into closets adjacent to bedrooms. Just be aware of where these are.
Electric Water Heaters
These can also be placed in odd areas that are adjacent to bedrooms. Be aware of where these are, too.
The placement of these is quite a bit more obvious.
The models that are secured into walls and window openings can often be right next to beds.
A Low EMF Solution
Survey the areas around appliances and HVAC components with a gaussmeter (magnetic field meter) and determine if there may be an issue where you’ll need to relocate furniture in the adjacent room.
Visit our guide on the Best EMF Meters of 2020 to learn more about our recommended gaussmeters.
SMART Home Technology
Smart home technology is all the rage these days. It feels like companies are throwing radio frequency chips into most everything and it’s something to be on the look out for.
Below are some examples of smart home technology and some ideas of where the technology is headed.
Smart Wi-fi Thermostats
Nest, Ecobee and other smart thermostats were some of the first entrants into the smart home technology arena.
The ease of use and novelty of these devices is obvious, but all are RF emitting devices and need wi-fi to operate with the phone applications and controls.
Our recommendations for a low EMF household would be to use traditional thermostats instead.
Smart Window & Wall Air Conditioners
Smart doorbells were another early entrant on the smart home technology scene and have become increasingly popular due to their remote video and audio capabilities.
Ring, Arlo, and MyQ are some of the more prominent brands in this technology space.
As with other smart technology most of these devices will have RF transmitters and need to be hooked up to wi-fi to operate properly.
There are some models, such as the Ring Video Doorbell Elite, that can use ethernet cable to connect to the internet. This removes the need for wi-fi, but the RF chip may still be transmitting.
Contacting the manufacturer of these should help you ascertain whether the wi-fi capability can be completely turned off.
Alternatively, you can go with a normal doorbell and a video security system that doesn’t use wi-fi or cellular networks at all. Our guide on this will be coming soon.
Smart Door Locks
These also have novel features similar to the doorbells and thermostats. They also are dependent on wi-fi and should be avoided by RF sensitive people and others striving for Low EMF environments.
These are also becoming more commonplace in travel accommodations such as hotels, AirBnB and VRBO locales.
Unfortunately, it makes it more difficult for visitors to turn off the wi-fi, due to the smart locks reliance on it.
Smart Bulbs and Floodlights
Smart bulbs use both wi-fi and bluetooth to connect with smart hubs which then connect with the smart phone apps used to control the bulbs.
With these you’ll effectively have an RF chip in every bulb in your home.
Most of these bulbs are LED, as well, which may contribute to extra dirty electricity on your electrical circuits, too.
We recommend going with old-school incandescent bulbs. This one has a vintage vibe.
Smart Lighting Switches
Smart switches are used to circumvent the need to use individual smart bulbs and to help simplify the process of using smart lighting.
While it’s surely better than having every bulb emitting RF fields, a Low EMF home is better off without these.
Instead of remotely turning the lighting on and off, we recommend doing what our parents did and asking your children to get up off the couch and do it.
Smart Garage Opener
Smart garage door openers are another smart home application used primarily with smart phones and wi-fi.
As you may have guessed by now, we recommend going with old remote-control models that either don’t have wi-fi or where it can be turned off.
Smart Kitchen Appliances
These are also becoming increasingly popular and can also be found in garages, bedrooms and dorm rooms.
Please see our chapter on Common EMFs in Kitchens to learn more.
Smart Laundry Appliances
Unlike some of the smart home technology, I’m not really sure why smart washing machines and dryers are desirable.
Regardless, be aware that they’ll have RF chips within them and wi-fi will be needed to operate these “smart” capabilities.
A Low EMF Solution
As mentioned in most of the descriptions above, all of these utilize bluetooth or wi-fi. It will come as no surprise that the low EMF solution is most often to get rid of or don’t purchase SMART home accessories.
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