Before purchasing or renting a house or apartment to live in, look carefully at the Construction of the house and the materials with which the house has been built. Generally speaking, you are looking for a house that can act as a Faraday cage and an Anechoic chamber, protecting you from electromagnetic fields by either conducting fields away from you or shielding you from these fields.
If you already own a house, you might consider making the following upgrades or renovations to help make your house more environmentally friendly. If at all possible, you or a friend should perform the renovations.
Both the Location and the Construction of a house will determine the EMF exposure of a house.
A) House Construction: Walls
The walls and roof of your house are your primary protection from surrounding towers. Materials that provide shielding from EMFs include:
Houses that are made of wood should be avoided. Fungus, which is considered to be a possible cause for EMF sensitivity, thrives in wood. Wood also does not offer strong shielding from electromagnetic fields.
B) House Construction: Roof
The roof of your house will also block EMFs from surrounding towers. Consider houses that use one of the following roofing materials:
Roofs made of asphalt or wood are usually not strong enough to provide significant protection from EMF fields.
C) House Construction: Foundation
Use a concrete foundation for your house. Skip the crawlspace, if possible (make sure that you have good drainage around your house e.g. by installing a French drain).D) House Construction: Insulation
Insulation can offer significant protection for an EMF sensitive individual. Select a foil covered insulation (e.g. foil backed rigid insulation). This may be available in your local hardware store, or through companies that install insulation in houses in your area.
E) House Construction: Doors
Steel doors can help mitigate EMFs from room to room. They can be purchased inexpensively through Home Depot, for example, and can be customized to fit the size of your existing door frames.
F) House Construction: Plumbing
Surprisingly, the plumbing of a house can be a source of EMF Sensitivity. This is particularly true if you have large stretches of copper pipe in your house, as is frequently seen with heaters. One way to mitigate problems with plumbing is to use plastic pipes for your plumbing. PEX is one option for plastic plumbing, although several other options exist. You will need to ensure that whatever piping that you choose meets the water and plumbing standards in your area, and can safely carry hot water in particular.
Given that replacing your entire plumbing system can be very expensive, a cheaper solution that can also be very effective is to replace a stretch of your metal piping with plastic pipe, for example, where the plumbing enters your house. This is done to insulate your house from the rest of the "plumbing grid." Municipal or private water pumps for example are known to be an extremely high source of magnetic fields and should be separated from your house plumbing.
G) House Construction: Basements
Basements are a good solution for EMF individuals. Any part of a house built underground will have less problems with exterior electromagnetic fields.
It is important to note that EMF sensitive individuals can still have health problems in basements and other underground structures. Improper wiring will continue to be a problem in basements and underground structures. Additionally, basements frequently house the main electrical panel and major appliances such as water heaters, which generate large EMF fields. Also, many basements have been used as garages, or for storing toxins and other chemicals that can make them hazardous.
Houses built partially into a hillside also offer good protection.