How Your Home Is Making You Sick — And What You Can Do About It

Improving The Air Quality In Your Home

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Research suggests
that indoor air quality can be even more polluted than outside, which puts you and your family in danger of becoming sick. From mold and toxic materials to dust and outdoor pollutants, there are several factors to tend to if you want to run a safe and healthy household. Here are some of the top tactics to implement into your home maintenance routine.

Keep a Clean (and Green) House

Cleaning your house on a regular basis can improve the air quality while keeping pet hair, dust, and outdoor pollutants at bay, but don’t contribute to the problem by using toxic products to do the job. While there are several green versions on the market, you can also whip up a simple DIY version using household ingredients such as white vinegar, peroxide, baking soda, lemons, and essential oils. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner that’s known for thoroughly picking up allergens and pet hair. Make it a household rule that everyone removes their shoes at the door to prevent harmful bacteria, toxic waste, and pesticides from being spread around your abode.

Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

freshairImproving air quality can be as simple as opening the windows, but other tactics include keeping the humidity between 30 and 50 percent to limit the growth of mold and the presence of dust mites, regularly changing the air filters in your heating and cooling system, avoiding synthetic fragrances (think room sprays, laundry products, and candles), adding air-filtering plants like English Ivy and snake plants, and making smokers go outside. Just keep in mind that doctors warn that harmful toxins can still be brought back into the home via clothes, skin, and hair.

Guard Against Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas (a silent killer) that could leak into your home from gas appliances, such as gas stoves and hot-water heaters. Make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector, preferably one with a long battery life and a loud warning sound for those with hearing problems, to keep you and your family safe. Also, consider bringing in professionals to test your home if you’re concerned there might be a problem.

Tie all the above elements together by investing in a quality air purifier to eliminate harmful pollutants and unwanted odors from your home. Even if you’re making an effort to remove toxic materials from your home, it can be difficult to completely avoid doing so. An air purifier works as a backup system to ensure each breath you take is as pure as possible.

Avoid Toxin-Laden Materials

In order to have a toxin-free home, you’ve simply got to avoid toxic materials. For example:

• Use paints and finishes that don’t emit toxins (VOCs.) There are an abundance of low- and zero-VOC paints available on the market today that don’t tie off harmful gases.

• Purchase furniture that doesn’t release formaldehyde, so avoid particle board, pressed wood, plywood, and medium density fiberboard. Opt for whole wood, glass, metal, or chrome. Avoid cushions and mattresses made from polyurethane foam, plastic, polyester, acrylic, or polyvinyl chloride.

• Be wary of clothing and linens that contain toxic chemicals in order to make them flame-retardant. It is possible to remove the chemicals by soaking the items in one cup of lemon juice per gallon of water for 48 hours or more.

• Choose a mattress made from natural cotton or natural latex.

• Avoid synthetic carpeting as it has been found to release toxic gases that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Opt for a natural fiber version instead. Consider replacing synthetic hardwood floors with healthier alternatives such as bamboo, cork, ceramic, terra cotta, or porcelain. If you go the wood route, pre-treated it before it’s installed — but not with polyurethane.

In Conclusion

It might seem impossible, but there’s a chance the air inside your home contains a number of pollutants that are harmful to your help. However, don’t let this fact frighten you. By following the steps detailed in this article, you can make major improvements to the overall quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis. It might take some work, but before long, you and your family can take a deep, fresh breath and sigh in relief — without worrying about your health.

Article by Charlotte Meier, homesafetyhub.org

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We do EMF inspections and testing in Chicago and surrounding area in Northern Illinois

About our Chicago EMF inspections

[ for other US cities, click here ]We have performed EMF inspections for hundreds of homes and workplaces. Our inspections in Chicago and surrounding area are accurate and our remediation solutions are effective. We care about Chicago and about the health of its residents!We assist home owners and businesses in identifying electromagnetic radiation and coming up with a solid plan to reduce or eliminate harmful exposure to these invisible pollutants.Chicago_1Become one of our satisfied customers. Find out what levels of magnetic, electrical, high frequency, and dirty electricity your environment is affected by. Serious health concerns can develop from higher levels of EMF exposure. Be certain you are safe.

What We Test For

Our EMF inspectors measure* for the following frequencies:

  • Magnetic
  • Electrical
  • High Frequency

And we’re specialists in testing homes and offices for EMF near high voltage power lines.We always give practical remediation advice to clean up your home (or office) from harmful electromagnetic fields.

How we Fix the Problems we may find (Remediation)

Types of solutions (selected highlights):

  • Changing room configurations, especially of your bedroom, to allow better sleep (candidates include clock radio, position of bed, etc.).
  • Possible installation of Stetzerizer dirty electricity filters by Graham Stetzer.
  • Safer use of cell phones and electronic devices/equipment.
  • Safer use of wifi.
  • Possible installation of EMF shielding.

Contact Us:

Principal Consultant: Paul Singer(312) 690-9045

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About Paul Singer, EMF Consultant and Inspector

Educated at Christian Life College in Mount Prospect, Paul studied theology and education. Paul became interested in health and nutrition at that time and embarked on a journey towards better health for himself and those around him. Paul and family have enjoyed living in the western suburbs, the Gold Coast, and in Streeterville near Navy Pier. Paul has educated Chicagoans on a broad range of health guidance for over 30 years, including EMF safety. He’s engaged in hundreds of hours of research and professional development in the field, and will be pleased to arrange an inspection expressly for you.

Concerns about EMF radiation? We do testing and measuring, offering complete solutions to solve electromagnetic problems

Updated March 12, 2018

Worried about EMF in your home or office?

EMF Meter # ME3840B: Advanced Intermediate EMF MetersIt might be electrical, magnetic, or high frequency. Perhaps it’s dirty electricity you’re worried about. Or nearby high voltage power lines. Whatever your worry, if you live in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or in the Chicago area, we can do an in-person inspection for you.

EMF Home Inspections offers a complete list of professional inspection services to help you address EMF radiation in your home or workplace. Our professionals are highly trained and use certified testing equipment.  Our meters cover the electromagnetic frequencies that are known or suspected to be harmful to human health.

Don’t buy a cheap meter and try to do this yourself. EMF measurements should be taken at various points throughout the building with good equipment and the knowledge of what the readings mean. The cause of the readings are not always easily determined and how can they can be fixed. It’s a science and an art. We come up with a wide range of protection solutions. Every EMR assessment is different. We get to the bottom of the situation and help you with a remediation plan.

Workplace EMF Testing

We’re pleased to announce the opening of a Sister Consulting Firm: EMF Safe Workplace. Complete EMF testing and inspections for your place of work, office, factory or school. For details visit EMFSafeWorkplace.com

Home EMF Testing

Here we focus on sleeping areas and places where your family spends the most time. We test for:

  • AC Magnetic Fields – High voltage power lines, appliances, transformers, etc…
  • AC Electric Fields – Building wiring, cables, electronics, etc…
  • DC Magnetic Fields – Building Materials, mattresses etc…
  • DC electric Fields – Static Electricity etc…
  • Dirty Electricity – Building wiring, energy Saving Devices, etc…
  • Stray Currents on gas and water pipes from electrical wiring errors

Commercial EMF Testing

  • Similar to residential, but includes the following …
  • Health and Safety Concerns
  • Equipment Interference Issues
  • High RF radiation caused by proliferation of Wi-Fi, cellular signals, and other wireless technologies

The equipment we use has 3rd party Calibration Certificates

Some of the Equipment we use: Professional grade Gigahertz Solutions ME Analyzer, Acoustimeter AM-10 RF meter, ESI 24 EMF meter, Graham-Stetzer Microsurge meter, and other Gigahertz models.

We measure for all known forms of harmful EMF radiation. Service Areas: GTA Greater Toronto area, Chicago, and by special arrangement: all across the country.

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About our EMF inspections – what to expect

How we go about our EMF inspections

An EMF inspection is of most value to you when we can show and explain our findings to you on the spot as we go through your home. We also provide an EMF primer to help you understand the basics.

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Using professional meters and our years of research and experience, we’ll test for the 4 main types of EMF radiation. We’ll explain what is safe and what is not based on the most trusted exposure guidelines.

We will:

  • Help you reduce as many harmful sources as possible
  • Provide a list of options where we can’t correct problems during the visit (if any)
  • In addition to showing you our immediate findings, we’ll provide a detailed report of all findings and recommendations
  • We will answer all your questions about EMF and how to live more safely with wireless technology and electrosmog

Our EMF testing service is available in Toronto ,and all of Southwestern Ontario; Chicago and most of the Midwest, and across Canada and the U.S. by special arrangement.

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We do EMF testing and inspections in these Canadian Cities

We perform EMF testing across Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland and in the following Ontario communities:

Acton
Ajax
Alliston
Amherstburg
Ancaster
Aurora
Barrie
Beaverton
Belleville
Bolton
Bowmanville
Bracebridge
Brampton
Brantford
Brockville
Burlington
Caledonia
Cambridge
Chatham
Cobourg
Collingwood
Cornwall
Dundas
Etobicoke
Fort Erie
Georgetown
Goderich
Gravenhurst
Guelph
Hamilton
Huntsville
Kingston
Kitchener
London
Maple
Markham
Midland
Milton
Mississauga
Newmarket
Niagara Falls
North Bay
Oakville
Orangeville
Orillia
Oshawa
Ottawa
Parry Sound
Port Colborne
Port Dover
Richmond Hill
Sarnia
Simcoe
St. Catharines
Stoney Creek
Stouffville
Stratford
Thornhill
Tillsonburg
Toronto
Waterdown
Waterloo
Whitby
Windsor
Woodbridge
Woodstock


About our EMF inspections

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EMF home or office inspections in St. Catharines, Vineland, Beamsville and Grimsby Ontario. We measure and test for harmful electromagnetic readings

Professional EMF Inspections

Concerned about EMF?

You are wise to look into this hot topic and to seek professional advice on how to reduce EMF exposure.

I am an EMF inspector providing services in St Catharines and surrounding area. My experience and background includes hundreds of inspections all over Ontario and the U.S. and hundreds of hours of research and professional development.

About our equipment and methodologies.

I use 3 different professional EMF meters to measure EMFs. I will give you a verbal summary of findings and recommendations on the spot. Shortly after, I provide the results of the survey in a written report. It will show the location and intensity of EMFs within the property and gives detailed practical steps on how they can be eliminated or avoided at minimal, or no cost.

One of the solutions I might recommend is the installation of Graham-Stetzer filters. They filter out much of the dangerous high frequency energy. We’re getting reports of health changing results from our clients. Note, it is entirely up to you whether to deploy the filter or not.

All in all, my team and I take a serious yet practical approach. We understand the need for balance in our approach to modern society’s ever increasing use of technologies that potentially encroach upon our health. Balance. Yet being serious about reducing our risks.

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Looking forward to being of service,


Paul Singer

EMF Consultant

Cell: 905-719-7030

EMF Testing – EMF Assessment – EMF Consulting Services

Electromagnetic radiation concerns at home or the office? We get the job done simply and affordably

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Updated May 1, 2018

EMF Home Inspections offers professional consulting services to address your concerns on electromagnetic radiation. We use professional testing equipment covering a range of electromagnetic frequencies that can potentially affect your health and wellbeing.

EMF Assessments are available for both residential homes and the office.

We ensure our EMF measurements are taken at strategic points in your home or office. Readings are then recorded to map out the strongest areas of concern and sources of harmful EMR. We then come up with the best strategy to implement protection and mitigation solutions. We do this on the spot during our visit and then provide a more comprehensive written report covering the full extent of solutions and mitigation techniques.

Residential & Office EMF Testing

For both the residential customer and commercial customer, what’s important is where you spend most of your time. Thus bedrooms and family rooms get high priority at home and your workspace gets the attention at the office.

We test for the following:

  • Magnetic Fields – High voltage power lines, transformers, electronics, appliances, etc.
  • Electric Fields and Dirty Electricity – Household / office wiring, appliances, cables, computer equipment, etc.
  • Radio Frequency Fields – mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, cordless phones), and commercially: broadcasting, medical and industrial sources.
  • Stray Electrical Currents on water or gas pipes from electrical wiring errors.
  • Body Voltage – measuring the electrical charge on your body.

We look forward to helping you with your EMF concerns.

Paul Singer and the EMF Inspections Team
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Testing for EMF radiation before you purchase a new home or for your existing home. What you need to know.

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Trifield EMF Meter

In order to properly test for  electromagnetic fields (EMFs), you need a test meter to do the job. Actually, you need 2 or 3 of them. There are three types of EMF you need to measure:

Magnetic fields

This type of radiation is the one that’s linked to serious health effects most often. For example the connection that research has shown between power lines and childhood leukemia. Magnetic fields radiate from power lines, building wiring, lights, appliances — that is, things that are powered by electricity. For this, we measure in units called milligauss (mG). Our meter of choice for this type of EMF is the Trifield Meter Model 100XE. It is a proven leader for magnetic field testing. 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.

Electric fields

These are responsible for the other half of the electro-magnetic equation and also radiate from power lines, wiring, lights, appliances, etc. Electric fields can also affect optimal health in humans and animals. We measure them in units of volts (V), or volts per meter (V/M). For this type of EMF, we use the ESI 24 EMF meter, made in Germany. It tests for all 3 types of EMF fields, so we use it to corroborate our other meters’ readings, and rely on it heavily for the electric and RF readings.

A note about electrosmog: also known as electrical pollution or dirty electricity, we 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. This meter is plugged into wall outlets one by one to determine where dirty electricity exists. STETZERiZER® filters are installed in the outlets with the highest readings.

Radio frequency

“RF” for short, these are also referred to as High frequency. This includes microwaves coming from cell towers, cellular phones, microwave ovens,  TV, radio towers, cordless phones, WiFi, and electronic devices. RF is usually measured in units of microwatts per centimeter squared (μW/cm²).  For this type of EMF, we use the ESI 24 EMF meter.

What We Do

We can come to your home or office to do an EMF inspection. We use each of the meters described above when we test for harmful EMF fields. We can also rent these meters to you for subsequent needs. Studies are emerging that indicate EMF-caused damage to human tissue, cellular structure and the nervous system. We’re here to help you measure, identify and reduce the potential harms of electromagnetic fields.

We sell and install Stetzer filters and do EMF home inspections in Toronto Ontario and surrounding area.
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