This article focuses on radio frequency fields (RF), or, as most people commonly know them – Wi-Fi and cell phones and cell towers.
But did you also know…
Radio frequency fields also include
- Cordless phones
- Baby monitors
- Wearable tech
- Wireless speaker system
- Smart meters
- Smart appliances
- AM and FM radio
That’s a pretty long list, right?
Technically there are two categories within radio frequency – analog and pulsed. Even though they share the same broad category “radio frequency”, they’re actually quite different.
Some examples of “analog” radio frequency are AM or FM radio, TV, and microwaves.
Examples of “pulsed” radio frequency are cell towers, cell phones or smart phones, tablets, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wearable tech devices, laptops, baby monitors, smart appliances, and wireless personal assistants (Alexa). What makes pulsed radio frequency different is that pulsed radio frequency sends data (in “pulses”) – and that’s stuff like sending pictures, streaming movies or video, sending email, basically anything that contains information.
This article focuses on the latter – the pulsed radio frequency.
RADIO FREQUENCY FIELDS BEHAVE THREE DIFFERENT WAYS
- Go straight through an object – such as a wall, a window, or even humans
- Be partially absorbed by whatever is blocking its way (such as thick wall)
- Bounce off and deflect, and travel down another path
Because it’s dynamic and can change direction so quickly, it makes it very difficult to predict how it’s going to behave. And it can go through openings such as windows, doors, or small cracks, making it even more challenging to contain.
Did you know?
Most of the radio frequency in our homes isn’t from outside sources such as cell towers?
Yep, most of the radio frequency you’re being impacted the most by actually comes from inside of your home.
And that means
There’s lots of opportunity to reduce them!
How to reduce RF in your home
Here are steps you can take to decrease the RF fields in your home:
- Stop your device from transmitting and receiving. For many devices, it means that putting it on “standby mode” doesn’t necessarily keep it from transmitting a signal, so that means completely powering it off and unplugging it if it’s plugged in.
- Keep your device turned on but disable some of the wireless functionality if you’re not using them (i.e. Bluetooth or GPS).
- Increasing your distance may help, but typically distance doesn’t do much for decreasing your impact.
- Reduce the number of your Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Are there certain things you don’t care if you switch them out for non -Wi-Fi things? Like, alarm clocks, or computer accessories?
So now you’re just learned:
- What radio frequency is
- How radio frequency behaves
- Simple steps you can take to reduce radio frequency in your home
To your digital wellness!