Mito Meter Measurement & Mitigation Methods – EMF/RF Basics – Magnetic Field Measurements.
Here’s a quick checklist for measuring LFM, Low-Frequency Magnetic Field’s.
1/ The Mito Meter is a single axis gauss meter. This means its sensor is directional and needs to be moved around like in RF mode to find which axis has the highest reading. When close to power lines you will see that the readings vary when the meter is held upright, flat and on its side. Always note the highest reading. In most cases, magnetic field readings from power lines will be the strongest when reading the meter in an up right position.
2/ Do not measure too close to the source as you could potentially damage the sensors when measuring strong fields. As with RF, you need special near field kits to measure electronics in close proximity, otherwise, the readings taken will be greatly exaggerated, as we often see on Youtube videos.
3/ Measure the places you spend time in. Remember to move the meter around to cover the 3 axis’s. In LFM Mode you can hold the meter wherever you want as the magnetic fields go straight through your hand.
4/ Turn off the power to your home at the power distribution board and note the background electrical magnetic field from the power grid. It’s important to know what the grids A/C dynamic field is on your property, as this is the hardest or most expensive type of EMF to mitigate. Work off a 3m² grid layout stepping out your measurements every three meters around your property to check for any problematic areas that may need addressing.
5/ Measure your electrical grids A/C dynamic magnetic field on your property over 24 hours using the PC/Mac software. Set up the PC/Mac in the room closet to the power lines and position the Mito Meter on an axis that gives you the highest reading, then hit record. Or even better, measure the property over a week if you can. This way you can see if any peaks disrupt your sleep during the night or if there is unusual erratic behaviour in which the electrical utility provider may be able to address for you.
6/ Check your walls, floors and ceiling for strong fields. Make sure no ovens or appliances are up against any walls that may have occupants on the other side of the wall.
7/ Check incoming underground cables and around the ground stake of the electrical system as well as the plumbing/water pipes to make sure they are free of any A/C magnetic fields. If you do get readings off pipes, taps or a ground stake you need to get an electrician in as ASAP.
8/ Measure electronics that you spend extended time around like your laptop or MacBook. Note that laptops should not go on your lap as all laptops produce magnetic fields and this is why manufacturers legally shouldn’t use this term. Make sure your bedhead isn’t up against your power distribution board or near live electrical infrastructure.
9/ For optimal results you don’t want any lights displayed on LFM Mode, especially for sleeping areas. Most homes will have one or two LED lights. The Mito Meter LED display goes down to 0.2 mG (20 nanoTeslas) which is the level you need to aim for. Below 0.2 mG, no lights are the recommended Building Biology ‘no concern’ limit for sleeping areas. When the Mito Meter is connected to a PC/Mac or Android device you can very accurately measure the A/C power grid down to 0.05mG. (5 nanoTesla)
Note that erratic fluctuations in the electrical grid dynamic A/C field is biological disruptive at both low and high levels. You can’t shield these far-reaching types of dynamic A/C fields, they go through everything and this is why it’s the most important aspect to look at before considering a property.
LFM Advanced Mito User Notes:
LFM-X MODE – Mito 12 Hour Monitoring Mode (2021 Mito Meters Only – MRx Firmware – 1.1.77 and above)
To monitor the power grids background levels over 12 hours, without the aid of PC software and only using the meter itself, follow these instructions.
1/ Turn meter on, switch to RF Mode
2/ Switch from RF Mode to LFE Mode and back to RF Mode twice.
3/ Then switch down one click to LFM.
The LED lights will sweep right to left for 20 seconds. This gives you time to mount the meter in a vertical position, as any movement after the recording starts can cause a false positive reading. (Make sure the meter has no lean when positioning)
After 12 hours, the results are displayed via the meters LED lights, first indicating the average peak and then the highest peak over the 12-hour logging session.
This cycle will display the results until the meter is switched off. No lights are displayed if no magnetic fields above 0.2 mG(nT20) are detected over the 12 hours session. Make sure you fully charge the meter before using LFM-X Mode.
If you have one light or more, you are sleeping above Building Biology’s recommended sleeping levels. If you have two or more lights, that environment is not suitable for pregnant mums or for children.
Looking to upgrade your gaussmeter?
We recommend the semi-professional Alphalab UHS2 and the Gigahertz-Solutions ME3951 gauss meters which will increase your magnetic field sensitivity and accuracy in low-frequency magnetic field testing.