You can’t stop coughing. Your body hurts. You have no energy. With wintry weather it’s that time again – but with a hell of a update. Is that a cold or the flu? Or is it Covid? You scroll through your favorite online health sources for the answer.
You don’t want to spread your germs around the house one way or another. being sick is a serious disappointment, but as any single parent can tell you, having to be a caregiver when you are miserably sick is a major disappointment, and being sick during the long awaited free time could be your greatest disappointment be of all.
Powerful, ozone-free air purifiers can help improve the indoor air quality in your home and prevent it from infecting other household members. This can reduce the number of shared surfaces in your home – and there are so many of them – as cold and flu viruses can live on plastic, metal, and other common household materials for hours and days in between wiping.
Easy hands-free replacements
There are many home products that you can replace with hands-free models. Some are simple, do-it-yourself projects for someone with practical skills. Others are more involved and fit better into a wellness design remodel. Since you’re probably not motivated to have a ton of craftsmen in your house right now, here are some DIY-friendly, hands-free projects to tackle (or ask your partner to tackle if he or she is into Your household lives or not) pod).
- Light switches can be replaced relatively easily and quickly by hands-free models. With the flick of a hand, you can remove one of the most touched surfaces in a high-traffic part of your home.
- Faucets can also be replaced with hands-free models. There are versions for kitchens and others for bathrooms. If you have two or more children who share a bathroom, this can be an ideal swap. Don’t worry about your bathroom looking like a public toilet either. Styles have come a long way in the past few years.
- Changing out a standard ventilation fan for a sensor model is another project that you may be able to do yourself with some skill. It turns on and off based on the humidity in your bathroom instead of having to be turned on and off. This has the added benefit of avoiding mold and mildew problems.
- Here’s a replacement that doesn’t require installation at all: swap out your soap dispenser for a hands-free one. Add one to any shared sink areas, from the kitchen to powder room to your primary bathroom if you share it with a partner.
Devices and devices
While many appliances are only replaced when renovations are made, dishwashers and free-standing appliances are often manufactured in-house.
- Dishwashers are almost all 24 inches wide, which makes them a relatively easy-to-replace device. At least one manufacturer has created a hands-free model that can be opened. Others may follow as there are several built-in refrigerators that already have this feature.
- Some of the freestanding refrigerators on the market now offer hands-free water dispensers. This is more of a convenience than a germ reducer when everyone in the house is using the handles to get out other items, but it helps a bit.
- There are some newer kitchen fans that operate in conjunction with the range or hob listed below. If there is a pot or pan on the burner that is producing smoke, steam or odors, the hood will receive an electronic signal to turn on and adjust to the correct level. This is not only a benefit for reducing a common point of contact, but also for improving the overall indoor air quality of your kitchen.
Smart home technology
Voice control has become a strong trend in smart home technology and it can be extremely helpful in several ways. Reducing infection by eliminating surface contact is definitely one of them. The creation of safety, comfort and accessibility are additional benefits, especially for those with physical problems.
- Some shower systems can be controlled via smartphone apps and / or voice control. This can save time when sharing a bathroom with someone. You program your preferred spray mode and temperature settings and don’t have to fiddle with the handle until you get it right.
- Window cladding can be controlled by voice or an app. This will make it easier for you to close the shade over your bathtub before you get undressed and automate it for your plants and home safety while you are out and about.
- Not only can the lighting be automated to reduce points of contact, it can also be used to improve your sleep while circadian cycling.
There are many other design elements that can be replaced with hands-free versions, such as: B. Cabinets that can be opened with touch bars or electronic mechanisms instead of buttons, grooves or pulls. Entrance door systems are also being developed for living areas that work without a key or germ-free touchpads. These all have the potential to improve wellbeing, although you should always research their pros and cons before being influenced by the sexuality of a smart home system.
Author: Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC is a Mayo Clinic certified wellness coach, wellness design consultant, and author of three books on design and remodeling. The Latest, Wellness by Design: A Room-by-Room Guide to Optimizing Your Home for Health, Fitness, and Happiness (Tiller Press), published September 1.