In some cases, modern technology can have a negative impact on our health, such as staring at a screen just before bed, which can really mess up the quality of your sleep and too much screen use, can strain our eyes. But there are also a lot of high-tech devices that can enhance our health and well-being, including these gadgets that can make your home healthier.
1. Automatic Dustpan
Most people don’t really think about dust, especially when it’s hiding in corners and underneath furniture. At least until it starts to coat every crevice and surface in your home anyway. But dust isn’t just unsightly. It’s actually a collective term to describe the wide variety of organic and inorganic particles that can collect in the home. Most of it is made up of shed human skin cells, which is why the rooms most used in the house generally tend to have the most dust. Dust mites, which are microscopic living organisms, live off of these skin cells – and as dust on mattresses, bedding, and sofas contain lots of skin cells, the dust mites follow. In addition to dust mites, it can contain all sorts of compounds, some of which are even considered to be toxic. It may include things like pet dander, rodent waste, paint particles, pollen, bacteria, viruses, plant and insect parts, heavy metals or even cigarette smoke and flame retardants. And oftentimes, even when we sweep or vacuum, we miss a lot of that potentially harmful dust.
That’s where the automatic dustpan by Electrolux comes in. If you sweep but it seems like you’re never able to get it all in your standard dustpan, try this one. It hooks up to your central vacuum system and sucks the dust into the wall and out of sight. You can use it in every room of your home, including the kitchen and bathroom.
2. Vacuum With A HEPA Filter
Of course, that automatic dustpan is not going to help a lot if you don’t have the right vacuum. The right vacuum is essential for good health as dust can trigger allergies and asthma, and a quality machine cuts the amount of dust you inhale. If your vacuum doesn’t have a HEPA filter, it could be putting you at risk for a host of nasty bacteria and microbes that can sneak into your system, and a HEPA-like filter doesn’t do the trick, according to Jeff May, author of ‘My House Is Killing Me!’, because the cleaner sucks in air and then filters the dust and expels the air, but if the filter isn’t really collecting the dust, that means you’re simply releasing particles into the air.
Health.com rated the Hoover Anniversary Edition WindTunnel Self-Propelled Bagged Upright vacuum as the “best of the best,” noting that it “nabbed deeply lodged crumbs and dirt, even when used on a sheepskin rug.” They also state that testers loved the “dirt finder,” which is a red light that indicates there is dirt, while the green light tells you you’re dust-free. The self-propel feature makes it glide easier too, with one test reporting that it saved their back. Yet another checkmark for your better health.
3. Culligan Filtered Shower Head With Massage
While you’re scrubbing and exfoliating all of that dirt and bacteria off your body, your shower head is probably spraying you with water that’s laden with chemicals which can result in a wide range of health issues, from minor problems like skin irritation to life-threatening diseases. That’s because, without a filter, you’re showering in a pesticide – chlorine, which kills harmful pathogens in the water, as well as beneficial bacteria that are in our body. Plus, research out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, which analyzed 50 showerheads from nine different cities in the U.S., discovered nearly a third of them harbored a high level of a bacteria called Mycobacterium avium. The levels were 100 times greater than those found in typical household water. That bacteria has been known to cause lung infections when swallowed or inhaled and has also been associated with pulmonary disease and symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness or a persistent cough.
You probably never even thought about what’s actually coming out of your showerhead before, right? A filter for your showerhead or a showerhead with a built-in filter like the Culligan Filter Shower Head can help. In addition to providing a much healthier shower, this one can even give you a relaxing massage, with the maximum water coverage setting offering an invigorating pulse.
4. Renpho Bluetooth Body Fat Scale
Weight is one of the most important health concerns that people are facing today- in the U.S., the obesity rate is staggering, with more than a third of adults considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control. You’ve probably heard the CDC’s warnings that obesity has been linked to serious diseases, including a number of common causes of premature death like stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer too. While weight management involves a lifestyle of good habits, one important piece is weighing yourself, making a scale a must. A scale can be an important tool for losing weight and getting fit, or maintaining that once you achieve your goal, and science has proven that to be true. In a recent study presented at the Obesity Society’s annual conference experts showed that those who stepped on a scale about four times a week tended to lose the most weight. What’s even better is a smart scale, which can provide you with more important information that goes well beyond your weight, like the Renpho scale.
The Renpho scale can help you reach your fitness goals faster by measuring body weight, BMI, body fat, water percentage, skeletal muscle, fat-free body weight, muscle mass, bone mass, protein, basal metabolism and body age. It comes with an app so you can sync the information to a Fitbit app, Apple Health, and Google Fit too.
5. GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System
The air in your home can make a significant difference to your health. Clean air seems rather hard to come by these days, as even the cleanest environment, including your home, can still be filled with invisible and sometimes visible particles and dirt that may be harming your health or further aggravating already existing health issues. That’s why air purifiers are becoming increasingly popular, they can eradicate many toxins and pollutants in the air you breathe, including allergens, pet dander, smoke and even the environmental toxins that sneak in from the outside. Purifiers have HEPA filters that clean and purify the air by trapping particles that a vacuum would just simply recirculate back into the air. ConsumerSearch expert tests have found that the filter can remove about 99.9% of dust particles and impurities from the air including pollen, mold, spores, pet dander, and/or dust mites.
The GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System is one of the most popular air purifiers on the market today and a great value. You can easily move it from room to room, as it’s lightweight, and it’s quiet, so you can use it in your bedroom as it won’t interrupt your shut-eye, enabling you to breathe better as you sleep, resulting in higher quality rest. It has a True HEPA filter which can capture 99.97% of dust and allergens as small as .3 microns, as well as a UV-C light which kills germs and a charcoal filter to capture odors.
6. Nest Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you had a fire or carbon monoxide emergency in your home, how quickly would you know?
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that are properly installed and maintained play an important role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Having a working smoke alarm is said to cut the chances of dying in a reported fire in half, in fact, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths are said to be the result of fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In addition to smoke alarms, a carbon monoxide detector is a must. Often called the silent killer, it’s an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like natural gas, propane, gasoline, oil, etc., burn incompletely. In the home, both cooking and heating equipment are potential sources of carbon monoxide, as are generators and/or vehicles running in an attached garage.
The problem is, with the majority of these detectors, they go off, but sometimes you have no idea what the source is – and, what happens if you aren’t home? That’s where the Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector comes in handy. Instead of beeping, it both speaks aloud and notifies you via an app if it picks up any problems. It also tells you which room the trouble is coming from and even specifies whether it’s an emergency like a fire or a heads-up such as food that’s burning on the stove.
7. Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit
You’ve been doing it practically your whole life: using the toilet, and then flushing. It’s simple and seems harmless. While they say the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than a toilet bowl, that still doesn’t mean we want to dunk our faces into it, and that toilet flush handle may actually be even worse. Areas that frequently are touched harbor a host of germs and bacteria, especially if multiple people use the same bathroom. Any area that is touched daily should be wiped down daily, but how often does that really happen?
How about not touching the flush handle at all? The Kohler Touchless Toilet Flush Kit will allow you to do just that. You can flush without touching a germ-filled handle, all you have to do is wave your hand over the sensor.
8. Omega VERT Slow Juicer
Many people don’t get all the nutrients they need to help prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, certain types of cancer and weight gain, not to mention the right foods for improving digestive health. One way to ensure that you do is by having a good juicer like the Omega VERT Slow Juicer. This low-speed juicer has a tighter fit tolerance, which can strain more juice as well as break down fiber to a more palatable level, resulting in a very nutrient-dense, yet smooth juice. As it squeezes much more gently than most, it helps keep healthy enzymes intact in addition to delaying the oxidation process and reducing heat build-up.
Slow juicing is much healthier as compared to fast juicing, using fast rotating blades. When you extract juice using the slow compression method you do so at a cool temperature. This preserves all those healthy, natural enzymes and vitamins contained in the fruit or vegetables. Slow juicing also means more fiber, for better digestive health.