Low-frequency electromagnetic fields are an integral part of our modern way of life, but they are also a source of electrosmog that raises health concerns. These fields are generated by the electrical installations in our homes and workplaces, such as power cords, outlets, and electrical appliances. Interestingly, these installations emit electromagnetic fields even when no consumer, such as an electrical device, is switched on.
In building biology studies, a potential-free measurement of 10 V/M is considered to be a critical value for a strong exposure of the body. Beyond this level, it is believed that the low-frequency fields can have serious health effects. These range from sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating to more serious conditions like cardiac arrhythmias and a potentially increased risk of cancer.
The position of electrical installations in living spaces can also play a role. For example, a wall full of electrical outlets directly behind the headboard of a bed can lead to greater exposure to electrosmog, especially considering that the body is in a regenerative state during sleep and could therefore be more sensitive to such influences.
To minimize these risks, there are various approaches to reduce exposure to low-frequency electromagnetic fields. These include technical solutions such as using shielded cords and outlets, installing power disconnects that cut off the flow of electricity in unused circuits, or deliberately arranging furniture in the room to keep distance from potential sources of radiation.
Furthermore, it is advisable to have one’s own living space examined from a building biology point of view in order to identify potential sources of radiation and to be able to take specific measures. There are specially trained building biologists who can carry out such examinations and give concrete recommendations for individual cases.
Ultimately, the goal is to create awareness and make informed decisions, both when furnishing the living space and when purchasing electrical appliances. By being aware of the risks and taking proactive steps to minimize radiation exposure, we can contribute to a healthier and less stressful living environment. It’s a balancing act between the conveniences of modern technology and protecting our health and well-being.