Daniel Hansen

How smart home technology can help you protect against COVID-19

18 March 2020

COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate worldwide. Maintaining a strong immune system is a proven method to protect yourself against any virus. Smart home technology might help you with exactly that.

Optimize your sleep with simulated natural lighting

  Kate Stone Matheson

First of all, you need to get your sleep in check. A good sleep hygiene enhances your physical health, mental health, safety, quality of life and of course your ability to fight viruses.

Smart home devices that simulate natural lighting and regulate the brightness and temperature of your indoor lights can make you sleep better. It basically adapts to your body clock. In turn, this has a positive impact on our cortisol and melatonin hormones. Cortisol naturally caffeinates you as well as helping you stay alert and productive, whereas Melatonin does the exact opposite: it allows you to relax and sleep better in. This will keep your circadian rhythm on track.

Ready for a good night's sleep? You can always start with Glow, from mattress producer Casper as your new bedside light. Or take a look at Philips Hue for more options.

Manage your optimal indoor humidity

The right indoor humidity is crucial for your family’s health. If it drops or exceeds a certain level, you are bound to suffer from bloody noses, cracked skin, chapped lips and dry sinuses. On a more positive note, if it is in the ideal range you’ll improve your breathing, your sleep and your health in general.

The Zennio KNX Humidity and Temperature sensor is a handy device to measure your indoor humidity level.

For optimal living conditions, the relative air humidity in your house needs to sit somewhere between 40 and 60 percent.

Now to adjust the humidity in your home, you’ll need a humidifier or a dehumidifier. Just opening your window for some fresh air is an option. But if you prefer a more accurate and effective way to optimize your indoor humidity then Switchbot is a decent dehumidifier for starters. Whereas Dyson offers a premium humidifier.

Improve your physical health with smart fitness equipment

Exercise and physical activity are key for your health and your mood. Fitness has two main types of training: aerobics and anaerobics. Aerobic exercises focus more on cardio. For example, jogging, running and swimming. Whereas anaerobic exercises target strength training, such as heavy weight lifting, sprinting and calisthenics. So depending on your personal goals you can start with one of those two or both.

  Peleton Bike

The Peloton Bike focuses on aerobics. This device allows for an immersive cardio experience at home with online leaderboards. A licensed instructor will guide you through each workout during a large group session. For anaerobics, you can start with Bowflex Smart Dumbbells. These weights notifies you when workouts are performed correctly. In addition, it measures your progress automatically with an app.

Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others. In these uncertain times it is important to look after your family. A smart home can bring comfort to all of them. Now that all of us are forced to stay indoors, a healthy home is more important than ever.

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