10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now

10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now

There are many sources of EMF radiation in your home. Some are obvious, and some are hidden. And while there’s naturally-occurring EMF radiation, the EMF radiation given off by the artificial sources at home is stronger and more damaging than natural sources.

Here’s a list of the 10 major sources of EMF radiation that you probably have in your house and what you can do to protect yourself.

Let’s start with some of the more obvious ones.

Commonly Known Sources of EMF Radiation

1. Cellphones

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Cellphones are one of the major sources of EMF radiation out there. This isn’t only because of the strength of EMF radiation they emit. It’s because most people have a cellphone very close to their bodies nearly the entire day.

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioning cellphones on Shield Your Body. But it’s an important topic to reiterate. Most people simply don’t realize how much harm they’re exposing themselves to through a cellphone’s EMF radiation.

There is an increasing body of science linking cell phone use to brain tumors, as well as numerous other negative health effects. Even the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies cellphones as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

How to protect yourself:

2. Television

When I was a kid, my parents always told me to sit back from the TV. That’s because the older technology emitted a lot of EMF radiation. The displays on newer flat-screen TVs actually emit much less radiation than when I was a kid.

Nonetheless, modern-day televisions produce significant levels of EMF radiation. And that’s because they’ve gotten “smarter”.

“Smart TVs,” or TVs that are capable of connecting to the internet, produce more EMF radiation than regular “dumb” TVs. They have WiFi and other near-field communication technologies running non-stop.

And, smart TVs are growing in popularity. One source estimated that more than half of all TVs shipped worldwide were smart TVs in the first quarter of 2016.

How to protect yourself:

  • Avoid purchasing TVs with Wi-Fi functionality.
  • If you own a TV, limit how often you use it.
  • Put as much distance between yourself and the TV as possible.

3. Microwave Ovens

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Microwave ovens emit immensely powerful levels of EMF radiation— literally strong enough to cook food! 

A lot of people don’t realize that microwave ovens also leak. Over time, the seal on your microwave door wears down. That added radiation affects you, even when the microwave isn’t working.

How to protect yourself:

  • Use your stove or toaster oven instead. 
  • If you do own a microwave oven, have it serviced annually to ensure the seal is as strong as possible.
  • Stay far away from the microwave when it’s on. Go to the next room if possible. Seriously. There’s a reason they tell pregnant women not to use them.

4. Computers

Computers, just like cellphones, produce extensive amounts of EMF radiation because of your length of exposure to them.

One of the worst ways you can use your computer is by resting it on your lap as you work. Not only does more of your body come in contact with EMF radiation, your reproductive organs get the most exposure, too.

How to protect yourself:

5. Wi-Fi Devices

Any device connected to a Wi-Fi network or one that generates a Wi-Fi network produce massive amounts of EMF radiation. And, with all the “smart” tech that’s making its way into households, it’s not unusual to have a dozen (or a few dozen!) active wireless devices in your home, running non-stop, 24/7.

Some sources mention the most harmful effects from Wi-Fi devices include neurodevelopmental effects, cancer, and reproductive issues.

How to protect yourself:

  • Turn off your Wi-Fi routers when you’re not using them.
  • Avoid keeping routers in the bedroom, or wherever people frequently stay.
  • You can consider getting a low radiation wifi router.
  • Really consider whether you need that new wireless “smart” device.

Hidden Sources of EMF in Your Home

That’s a good start at how you can address some of the better known sources of EMF in your home. But you probably didn’t know there are a lot of other ones, too. Even though they are largely hidden, they can emit very significant levels of EMF radiation.

1. Electrical Wiring

10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now
Messy extension cords and power strips can amplify EMF emissions.

You may not realize it, but electrical wiring in your home gives off EMF radiation. That’s true of all electrical wiring, power lines, and electric appliances.

And, in fact, poorly designed electrical wiring can produce even higher levels of radiation than usual. You can check the EMF levels of different areas of your home by using an EMF meter (you’ll want to use a gauss meter that can detect what’s called ELF, or extremely low frequency, EMF). Alert your electrician during his next visit to be on the lookout for high EMF levels.

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Check the EMF levels of every room in your home.
  • Stay away from EMF hotspots around fuse boxes and power supplies.
  • Turn off your lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Ensure any extension cords you have do not loop across each other.

2. Dimmer Switches

Dimmer switches, more than regular light switches, are an EMF hotspot.

Why is this the case?

When you’re dimming a light with a dimmer switch, the part of the electrical current that isn’t being used is transmitted as EMF radiation.

That means dimmer switches in your home may be constantly emitting unnecessary amounts of EMF radiation.

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Avoid installing dimmer switches
  • Switch dimmer switches to regular on/off switches

3. Plumbing

Not many people know that plumbing gives off EMF radiation, too.

See, most homes are built with metal water pipes that lie underground. If there is a source of EMF nearby, such as a power line, the metal pipes can conduct the electricity given off by that source.

Because of that, metal pipes can become sources of EMF themselves.

How to protect yourself:

  • Ensure power lines around your home aren’t poorly grounded. Refer any electrical complaints such as these to your local government.

4. Radiant Electrical Heating

10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now
Radiant in-floor heaters like this are a massive source of EMF radiation.

Radiant electrical heating — like the kind you install underneath your bathroom or kitchen floor — is a major source of EMF radiation.

First an electrical heating mat is laid on the subfloor, then a heat-resistant plastic is placed over it before the tiles are installed. An electrical current powers the heating process while it gives off EMF radiation.

Some sources speculate whether radiant electrical heating can be related to cancer rates. Not only is it costly, radiant electrical heating is harmful to your health.

How to protect yourself:

  • Avoid installing radiant electrical heating. And if you already have it installed, just turn it off.

5. Your Neighbor

10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now
How many wifi networks do you see when you’re at home?

This one may come as a surprise to you, but it makes complete sense when you think about it. If you live in close proximity with other people, chances are their EMF radiation enters your home, too. Their wifi networks, their smart tech, their power meters… EMF travels so your neighbors’ EMF emissions surround you.

People living in apartments have a greater chance of being affected by the radiation produced by others nearby.

Unless you live in an EMF-free zone, you’re probably exposed to your neighbor’s EMF.

How to protect yourself:

  • This one is harder to address, because while you can control your home environment, you can’t control your neighbor’s. You can try to find neighborhoods to live in that with houses spread far apart. And if that doesn’t work, you should take some EMF measurements to see how significant a problem it might be, before determining a plan of action.

Your Turn

EMF radiation seems to be everywhere at home. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can protect yourself and avoid its harmful side effects.

The best thing you can do is start with learning how to protect yourself from your cellphone, which you can do, for free, starting right now.

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7 thoughts on “10 Sources of EMF Radiation in Your Home & How to Protect Yourself Now

  1. […] There is an increasing body of science linking cell phone use to brain tumors, as well as numerous other negative health effects. Even the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies cellphones as possibly carcinogenic to humans. 10 Sources of EMF Radiation In Your House– & What You Can Do About It […]

  2. Do dimmer switches radiate emfs when not in the dimmer mode?….ie all of the time whether dimming or not.

    And do you sell some product that will block dimmer switch emf’s without removing the dimmer?

    1. Hello Christopher:

      Great question! If you have a type of dimmer switch that allows you to turn off the lights completely (i.e., not just dim them fully, but actually turn it off) then it is likely that your EMF emissions are negated when the switch is completely off. But the only way to tell is to test with an EMF meter that measures ELF (extremely low frequency) magnetic and electric emissions.

      We do not sell any products that would provide shielding for that scenario. But I’ll follow up with an email with a link to where you can buy one.

      Thank you again for your question. We appreciate it.

  3. What is the negative effective range of 120 volt 20 amp circuit EMF range ?
    What is the negative effective EMF range ? range of a standard dimmer switch used at 600 watt capacity.
    Is EMT a better installation option to help reduce EMF.

    1. Hello Rob: Thank you for your comment. Please email me through our contact form and I’ll try to help you answer your questions.



  4. Is the point where power enters our home (power meter) an emf hot spot? Does the insulation and internal wall provide protection from this?

    1. Hello Alex: Great question.

      Both “dumb” (analog) and “smart” meters emit a significant amount of EMF. It is in the ELF (or, extremely low frequency) range of the EMF spectrum. In the US, it would be emitting at 60 Hz, with quite a lot of power. (Smart meters also emit EMF radiation, in the radio frequency, or RF, range of the spectrum, for wireless communication, which dumb meters do not.)

      Most homes are generally not shielded from this type of EMF radiation from this source. Insulation and walls will do very little to curb the power.

      It’s best to have your power meter as far away from where you spend your time as possible — though of course, it can be very difficult and expensive to move your meter.

      SYB does not sell shielding for this type of EMF. But if you would like more information on ways you can shield your meter, please feel free to email us at https://www.shieldyourbody.com/contact-us/ and I can give you some guidance.

      Thank you for your question.


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