After a long 17 months — at the time this article is written — we are finally seeing a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Pandemics throughout history have changed the way society functions day to day. This one has significantly altered the way we interact with each other and our homes.

The Dreaded Microbe

In the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, we were sanitizing our hands like crazy and living in fear of anything from metal handrails to our groceries and even our Amazon packages. As things evolved though, we learned that surfaces were less of an enemy but still a point of indirect transmission for all kinds of microbes. Innovative companies stepped in with smart technologies to easily enhance the cleanliness of interior environments from homes and schools to medical facilities and commercial spaces, revolutionizing sanitation.

Contactless Surfaces

Often our immune systems translate to our homes. We share our microbiome with it and the people we live with. But what about visitors? What about the germs that migrate in when we entertain? How do we control the uninvited guests? 

Touchless fixtures from Lutron and Kohler keep excess fingerprints from befalling surfaces where we might inadvertently pick up opportunistic microbes. Lights come on via sensors when we enter rooms, faucets automatically run with motion detectors, and toilets flush without the need for a handle. Everything stays clean, effortlessly. 

Sleep Technology

A strong immune system depends on a good night’s rest. Smart devices like the Google Nest Hub 2 can track your sleep and provide you with information to help you rest better. Your smart home itself can help you improve sleep quality by allowing you to program preferences like lighting, sound, and temperature to automatically adjust throughout the night. This not only sets the scene for a solid night’s sleep, but it also helps you get to bed on time to get enough shut-eye.

Air Purification

Your smart home works behind the scenes to make sure the air is clear and the climate is perfectly regulated. The temperature and humidity adapt seamlessly from room to room, adjusting throughout the day and night. This allows you to breathe easily while you are sleeping as well as to wake up refreshed and less likely to experience inflamed sinuses or a puffy face. 

UV Sanitation

For high-touch devices like your phone, remotes, and toothbrush, UV sanitizers are the ultimate gadget to keep around the house. PhoneSoap’s UV-C lights disinfect your phone, killing 99.9% of harmful bacteria that can make you sick. Say goodbye to E. coli, Salmonella, Staph, Influenza A H1N1, and the common cold that might try to stick to the accessories you depend on. 

What’s Next?

At the beginning of the pandemic, thermal measurement technologies from forward-thinking companies like Uniview and Wuhan Guide Infrared spread like wildfire. Now found in large city hubs, at commercial space entrances, and even in common areas of apartment communities, these cameras allow for remote detection of higher-than-normal body temperatures and therefore the ability to limit the movement of pathogens among groups of people. We foresee these products having a greater presence as time goes on.

The future is bright with ever-evolving smart technologies for preventing the spread of pesky microbes in our homes and the community in general. For all of the trials and tribulations the pandemic brought, it also pushed for innovative greatness. Our connected homes are smarter, cleaner, and able to promote a vibrantly healthy lifestyle.

Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.

If you would like to learn more about integrating health-promoting technologies into your space, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.

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