If you have concerns about the potential health impact of overhead power lines, cell phone technology (the actual phone and the towers), or about the electromagnetic fields generated by your appliances and electronic gear, then please read on.
You can either buy an EMF meter or two and research how to use them and interpret what the statements mean, or you can employ the services of an EMF inspector or consultant. This is entirely your choice. It depends entirely on whether this is one topic you want to invest a lot of time in and master, or whether you're quite content to enlist a professional to do it for you.
Let me tell you a bit about how I do EMF home inspections. Either way, I hope this information is useful to you.
Some of the Equipment I use:
For MAGNETIC Fields, I use the Trifield Meter Model 100XE. It is extremely sensitive and accurate. It measures down to 0.2 mG. Note: you want to see below 2 mG and ideally below 1 mG to avoid health problems. 0.5 and below are even better.
For ELECTRIC Fields, I often use the ESI 24 EMF meter, made in Germany. It tests for all 3 types of EMF fields, but I use it primarily for electrical and radio frequencies. Plus I use it to corroborate the other meters' readings for magnetic energy.
For DIRTY ELECTRICITY, I use the STETZERiZER® Microsurge Meter by Graham-Stetzer, which is designed to separate the power line frequency to detect and respond to low level high frequency voltages caused by transients and harmonics on power lines.
For RADIO FREQUENCIES, I often use the ESI 24 EMF meter, as indicated above.
Based on the measurements I receive from these meters, I determine the best remediation techniques. For example, if most of an entire house reads above 2 mG, I might recommend people move to another home with lower readings. That would be the most extreme solution. But much of the time, the higher than optimal readings are localized along a certain wall, or near appliances or electronic equipment. In that case it's a matter of keeping a distance of at least 1 meter from the highest reading. Another remediation example is to unplug or move a clock radio. They need to be a fair distance away from your head.
One valuable remediation technique is by means of Dirty Electricity filters such as Graham-Stetzer or Greenwave filters. They filter out much of the dangerous high frequency energy. I get reports of health changing results from my clients.
Bottom line, there is always an optimal action plan that will reduce or eliminate up to 90% of the problems with various practical steps to lower exposure to harmful electromagnetic frequencies.
– Harmful magnetic frequencies (aiming for below 1 milligaus and ideally below 0.2 mG)
– Harmful electrical frequencies (aiming for less than about 20 volts per meter and ideally below 6 V / m)
– Harmful radio frequencies (aiming for low row readings where safe varies by frequency)
I base these guidelines on the research of the Building Biology Institute because most western government health guidelines (such as Health Canada and the FDA are based on outdated and inadequate research.
One good meter costs from $ 200 to $ 400 minimum. Because you have to measure across a wide spectrum of frequencies, you might need two or even three meters. In comparison, an EMF inspection costs $ 200 for a pre-purchase inspection of a potential property, and about $ 300 to $ 350 for a complete inspection of an existing residence. Filters cost $ 25 to $ 40 depending on the vendor and you need an average of two per room.