Why Every Home Needs An EMF Meter (& Which One To Buy!)

by Apr 10, 2019

You can’t see, smell, taste, feel, or hear electromagnetic fields (EMF) but make no mistake they are there. Unlike invisible ultra-violet light, when we overexpose ourselves to manmade EMF we don’t get burned. But whether you consciously sense it or not, your body still registers these foreign frequencies and they take a toll. It might be a disturbance to your sleep, ringing in your ears, fatigue, headaches or anxiety, ADHD, learning difficulties, or just pins and needles when using your phone, but make no mistake we are affected. To see what I’m talking about you need to get yourself a great beginner’s EMF meter.




Why does EMF affect us?


When NASA looks for life on other planets it looks for three fundamental elements that allow human beings to survive; light, water and magnetism (the latter being EMF). Without these three forces of nature, we just wouldn’t exist.


We evolved on very natural forms of EMF generated by the Earth’s core, solar winds and thousands of lightning strikes that electrify the Earth every day.


The Earth itself resonates at a very specific frequency (the Schumann resonance). Incredibly, when we give way to sleep, our brainwaves fall into this very same frequency. Humans can only operate on a very mild but yet measurable electrical current. Without it, we die. Magnetism is important. We are bio-electrical beings.


Sadly, these relatively mild frequencies that we’ve evolved on for billions of years are dramatically changing thanks to the telecommunications industry and the regulatory bodies that oversee it.


As we continually strive to create an artificially smaller, faster and apparently more connected world from 1G to 4G and more recently 5G, we destroy the very essence on which life has evolved.


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The 5G technology being rolled out as we speak uses what’s called millimetre waves – short wavelengths that pack a very powerful punch. The result? We are now swimming in an unprecedented amount of man-made EMF that we can’t see or hear. We assume it’s doing us no harm because quite simply that’s what ‘the industry’ wants us to believe. But independent experts predict that our hospitals will be bursting at the seams once 5G technology takes hold.


I use several EMF meters that convert EMF into numbers and sounds. When I’m with clients they can clearly see and hear how EMF is irradiating their homes, schools and workplaces.


Once you become aware of it, you see your home and your neighbourhood in a very different light. Your criteria for a truly healthy home is elevated way beyond eating organic food and minimising plastic.


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What can you do to combat EMF?


First, buy an EMF meter to check where you’re currently at. Then start reducing your EMF exposure bit by bit.


Here are my favourite EMF meters for beginners. Use them in conjunction with my Kickstarter Guide to EMF eBook and you will be well on your way to a low EMF home:


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Radmeter ENV RD-10


Every home needs one of these. This super affordable meter is only about the size of a matchbox, and it is incredible.


It measures three of the four main EMFs in a home: AC magnetic fields, electric fields and high-frequency fields (radio-waves).


This means you can measure mobile phone towers, cordless telephones, routers, powerlines, appliances, electrical wiring etc. Like many of the more expensive EMF meters its high-frequency range is extremely good: 100MHz to 8GHz meaning it will even pick up the lower band of the 5G spectrum (not the higher millimetre wave part, there are no affordable meters that can do that currently!).


This meter is super intuitive and simple to use. Just flick the switch to whichever of the three EMFs you want to measure and either use the traffic light guiding system and/or the corresponding numbers. It also has a useful sound feature which comes in handy if you are checking out the neighbourhood for mobile phone towers.


The Radmeter comes in two versions both exactly the same, except the slightly more expensive model can be hooked up to your laptop or mobile device to log recordings over time. The latter would be really useful if you want to record levels throughout the night.


Cornet ED88TPlus


Like the meter above, the Cornet ED88TPlus measures three types of EMFs and has the same incredible high-frequency range and sensitivity down to 0.0005mW/m. It’s ideal if you have electro-hypersensitivity (EHS) as it will pick up very low readings. It too can be connected via USB to your PC to record measurements.


Although not as small as the Radmeter, it’s still very compact and light. But when it comes to high-frequency radiation this meter is a little more sophisticated than the Radmeter, showing you averages and peak values over time in histogram form. It also gives you the frequency of exposures in the 100 Mhz to 2.7 Ghz range making it easier to identify sources of radiation.


This meter comes with a slightly steeper learning curve than the Radmeter but if you are a little bit technical-minded I’d probably go for it over the Radmeter. The Radmeter is ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to even open an instruction booklet.


Now, it has to be said that there are some downsides to these affordable meters.


Firstly, they only measure three of the four main EMFs. To measure what’s called dirty electricity or electromagnetic interference you will need a separate meter which you can also buy here.


Furthermore, when it comes to precision you just can’t beat the accuracy of the sophisticated and expensive meters than an EMF professional such as myself will bring to your home, each one dedicated to detecting a particular type of EMF. So, use these meters with caution and as a guide but not as a precise measuring tool.


The traffic light warning tool whilst simple to understand should also be used with caution as it’s really oversimplified. For example, we recommend safe EMF levels during the day but they are usually set more stringently for night time when your body needs to rest and recover. Or what’s considered safe (green) for Joe Blog may not be safe for someone who suffers from EHS.


Following an EMF baseline assessment, I always recommend my clients purchase one of these meters to keep track of any changes from their baseline measurements overtime in their home or neighbourhood.


Both the Radmeter and Cornet are really discrete – stick them in your pocket or handbag and check out the levels in your school, gym and workplace and no one will ever know!


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At the end of the day, you can’t improve on what you can’t measure.


Ready to take action? Let’s do it


The main thing is to get started. Start with a full baseline EMF assessment from someone like myself which will save you months or years of research on the interpretation of the results. Or, get yourself an easy beginner’s meter which you can purchase here. I’ve got lots of great blogs to help you on your journey, start with this one about EMF measurement.

Hi, I’m Una. Eco-Lifestyle Coach & Scientist

Una Phelan environmental scientist and eco-lifestyle coach

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