Electromagnetic frequencies, commonly known as EMFs, have stirred quite the pot in recent years. From the…
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Looking for a new home is an exciting adventure, but as someone who is conscious of EMF radiation, I know that there is one more thing I need to add to my checklist. That is, the amount of EMF radiation that is present in and around the home. While there are many things that can be done to reduce EMF levels in a current home, a new home represents a unique opportunity to find a place with lower EMF levels to begin with.
Of course, I still have my own devices to deal with, such as my TV and appliances, which will still emit EMF radiation. However, by finding a low EMF house, I can drastically reduce the amount of work I have to put into reducing my EMF exposure once I move in. The overall levels of EMF radiation will be much lower in a home that has low EMF levels to begin with than in one that is located near a cell tower or radio antenna.
By finding a low EMF house, I can start with a clean slate and make my new home as EMF-free as possible. As someone who is EMF-conscious, I am excited about the prospect of finding a home that not only checks all my other boxes but also has lower EMF radiation levels.
How to Find a Low EMF House
- Consider the surroundings
When you’re searching for a new home, it’s important to consider more than just the view. You should also take into account any external sources of EMF radiation that could affect your health. This means looking for things like high voltage power lines and cell towers in the surrounding area.
High voltage power lines, in particular, can emit ELF-EMF radiation that has been linked to an increased risk of childhood leukemia in those living in close proximity to them. While it may be difficult to find a home that is completely free of power lines, it’s best to avoid homes with power lines directly overhead. If you can hear buzzing or feel the hairs on your arms standing up, you’re too close.
When it comes to cell towers, there are websites such as CellMapper or Antenna Search that can help you determine the proximity of cell towers to a potential home. Ideally, you want to avoid homes that are within a mile or less of a cell tower, especially if it’s a 5G tower.
It’s important to keep in mind that while it may be difficult to find a home completely free of EMF radiation sources, finding a home with lower levels can greatly reduce your exposure and potentially benefit your health in the long run. So, during your house hunt, don’t forget to consider the surrounding EMF levels as well.
- Look at the appliances, if any
When you’re house hunting, it’s important to take a look at the appliances that come with the house, especially if they’re included in the purchase price. While appliances are a convenient and practical addition to any home, it’s important to consider the potential increase in EMF radiation levels they can cause. Smart appliances, in particular, require a WiFi signal to function and this can greatly increase your home’s EMF levels.
If you’re concerned about the EMF radiation produced by common household appliances, take a look at our comprehensive guide to Appliances and EMF Radiation. The guide provides a detailed breakdown of the EMF levels produced by a variety of household appliances, from refrigerators to televisions, and offers practical tips on how to reduce your exposure to EMF radiation while still being able to use these appliances.
When it comes to appliances, it’s important to strike a balance between functionality and safety. By taking the time to educate yourself on the EMF radiation levels produced by different appliances, you can make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the appliances that will be part of your new home. This way, you can ensure that you and your family are protected from unnecessary EMF radiation exposure, while still enjoying the convenience and practicality of modern appliances.
- Scan for smart meters
Looking for a new home is an exciting time, but as an EMF-conscious person, there are additional factors to consider. One of these factors is the presence of smart meters. These meters wirelessly send data to your utility company, but they also emit RF-EMF radiation that can be harmful to those nearby.
While it is possible to reduce the EMF output of smart meters with a cover, avoiding them altogether is your best option. Some cities and utility companies allow you to opt-out of smart meter usage for a fee, but it’s important to note that your neighbors may still have them. It’s also worth noting that not all municipalities allow you to opt-out.
To determine if the home you’re considering has a smart meter, head outside and check the utility meters. Smart meters usually have a digital display, and sometimes they will even say “smart meter” somewhere on the device. If you’re still not sure, call the city’s public works department or the utility company and ask them what kind of meter they use.
If the home does have a smart meter, it’s important to ask about the opt-out policy. On the other hand, if the home doesn’t have a smart meter, it’s still a good idea to ask if the city or utility company has plans to upgrade to them in the future. By being aware of these factors and asking the right questions, you can make an informed decision when it comes to the EMF levels in your new home.
- Go rural
Living in a densely populated city or a closely packed neighborhood exposes you to a significant amount of external EMF radiation, from cell towers to WiFi signals from your neighbors. If you’re looking to reduce your overall EMF exposure, one thing to consider is moving to a more spread-out area. Rural areas, for instance, tend to be a little lower in EMF levels than their urban counterparts.
Of course, this isn’t feasible for everyone. If you’re not in a position to move, there are still plenty of other things you can do to reduce your exposure to EMF radiation. But if you’re already on the lookout for a new home, it may be worth considering the location and the surrounding area’s potential sources of EMFs as a factor in your decision-making process.
Remember, the goal is not to eliminate all EMF radiation entirely, as that is virtually impossible in today’s world. Instead, it’s about taking practical steps to reduce your exposure as much as possible.
- Hire a professional
When you’ve found a home that you’re considering making an offer on, it may be a good idea to bring in professionals to inspect for EMF radiation. EMF inspectors are trained to thoroughly examine a home and determine the amount of EMF radiation present. While some measurements can be done with an EMF meter, professional-grade equipment can be more accurate and powerful than an entry-level EMF meter.
In case you decide to hire a professional EMF inspector, you can refer to our guide on EMF Home Inspections. In it, we discuss what an inspector looks for, including sources of EMF radiation, and how to locate one in your area. It’s essential to get an inspection if you’re concerned about your potential new home’s EMF radiation levels. A professional inspection can give you peace of mind, knowing that you’re making an informed decision about your new home.
- Testing EMF levels yourself
If you’re not keen on hiring an inspector and want to take matters into your own hands, measuring a home’s EMF levels with an EMF meter is an option. I recommend selecting an EMF meter that can measure electric fields, magnetic fields, and radiofrequency radiation, and you can find a guide on how to select one in The Best EMF Meters For Any Budget.
When measuring a home’s EMF levels, you’ll want to walk around the house with your meter and take measurements for each type of EMF radiation being monitored. Make sure to take readings all around each room, noting the measurements around the room’s perimeter as well as towards the center. It’s essential to remember that if you’re looking at the home while it is furnished with the previous owner’s belongings, you’re likely detecting their WiFi and other electronic devices, and those things may not be present when you move in.
Overall, a home that has nothing in it should have low levels of EMF radiation, although there may be some areas where the levels are higher. It’s important to take note of these areas and consider them when making your decision.
- Budget for protective upgrades
When looking for a new home, budget is always a concern. But as an EMF-conscious person, you need to make sure you have enough money to not only buy the house but also make any necessary protective measures. It can be tempting to stretch your budget to its limit to get your dream home, but you must consider the costs of EMF mitigation as well.
Before making an offer, create a budget that includes the cost of any EMF protective measures you may need to take. This may include purchasing lower EMF appliances, painting interior walls with EMF-blocking paint, or even installing shielding fabrics or curtains.
Make sure you have enough wiggle room in your budget to accommodate these additional expenses. You don’t want to be left without enough money to create an EMF-safe environment after purchasing your home. It’s crucial to plan ahead and budget accordingly, so you can have peace of mind knowing you’ve taken steps to protect yourself and your family from harmful EMF radiation.
As you’re searching for a new home, you have the perfect opportunity to prioritize finding a low EMF house. Although EMF radiation is a part of our daily lives, minimizing our exposure is always a good idea.
As you’re on the lookout for a new home, keep in mind the tips we’ve shared on how to spot potential sources of EMF radiation in a home. Once you’re all moved in, don’t forget to check out our guide on whole-house protection for additional ideas on how to reduce your exposure even further.
We believe that being mindful of EMF radiation is an important part of living a healthy and balanced life. By finding a low EMF home and taking additional protective measures, you can create a safe environment for yourself and your loved ones.