Do smart homes enhance our living quality?

Contributor 24 Aug 2017

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With technology, we have tons of knowledge available at our fingertips.

In today’s world, people are heavily reliant on technology because it provides convenience and enhances productivity.

In recent years, an increasing number of smart home systems have been developed to create even greater luxury in our living space. While these devices such as voice-controlled lighting and smart refrigerators are still relatively rare in local residences, they are steadily growing in popularity.

While most of us are eagerly awaiting the prospect of living in an automated home, some might question if smart homes are conducive to good Feng Shui.

Harmony between environment and self

To answer the above question, we must first understand the fundamentals of positive Feng Shui. Simply put, Feng Shui is the relationship between environment and self. Ideal residential Feng Shui conditions seek a balance between the habitat and its occupants. To achieve equilibrium, a smooth qi flow is necessary.

Having good home Feng Shui plays a huge role in creating family warmth, quality rest and aids in positive mental development. It is the bedrock of all things good in life. Let’s analyse how technology is used in each room to decide on its overall impact on Feng Shui.

Living room – Where the heart resides

As home is where the heart belongs, the living room is aptly termed the “heart of the home” because it accounts for the highest human traffic in the house. This part of the home should be used for strengthening family bonds, so the installation of electronics here should take this factor into consideration.

This area is where the television and Wi-Fi router are usually located, and these devices emit electromagnetic waves which create stress and lowers sleep quality, especially in children. Although it is practical to have the television placed in the living room, it is recommended to install it in an auspicious location, away from the home’s centre, so that they radiate auspicious forces instead. For Wi-Fi routers, place them in an area with less human activity.

The use of smart security systems has become popular in recent times as they afford homeowners ‘live’ surveillance when they are away. These gadgets are designed to provide enhanced security measures, but do they actually encourage peace of mind? As homeowners might use such devices to monitor their children or domestic helper instead, this may cause uneasiness. Instead, it is recommended to install technology that helps support family bonding and increase time spent together.

Bedroom – Where quality rest happens

Traditionally used for sleeping, today, modern bedrooms are packed with electronic devices, designed to provide entertainment and convenience. It is common to have a television set and computer in this room, which is even more detrimental to one’s mental well-being as opposed to being situated in the living room, because electromagnetic energy produced is trapped within a confined space.

Moreover, with the emergence of smart mattresses and self-regulating humidifiers, humans are able to customise their surroundings to their liking. However, this artificial environment serves to distance the room’s occupant from the natural environment. Even though such technology is undeniably beneficial to us, it may discourage the need to open windows. As a result, qi flow stagnates and this weakens the occupant’s immune system.

Kitchen – Where the body and soul is fuelled

The kitchen is arguably the most important part of a home. It is where meals are prepared for family members. It also represents family health, especially that of the female occupant.

Using smart technology in the kitchen provides much convenience in cooking-related tasks such as controlling cooking temperature, time and for storage. This benefits all kitchen users, especially the female owner.

From a Feng Shui perspective, it is important to note that introducing such technology in the kitchen enhances the Fire Element. This may result in the female occupant being more short-tempered and impatient.

To counter this, the kitchen should be kept clean and tidy at all times. Also, avoid placing excessive devices and sharp objects facing the stove as this affects the female occupant’s health as well as her relationship with her spouse.

A happy home starts from the heart

A home should encourage strong family bonds. While technology is advantageous to daily living, it is essential to strike a balance for optimal harmony.

Smart homes generate much convenience for the owners. However, these devices deter occupants from leaving their home / room and this promotes an idle lifestyle, which may reduce the odds of interaction with family and friends.

As smart homes inevitably become a societal norm, from a Feng Shui perspective, it is recommended that windows are kept open occasionally to keep the house as well-ventilated as possible. This will ensure smooth qi flow and invites auspicious energies into the household. Next, install greenery within your home as this shall introduce vibrancy to the residence. You must tend to your plants regularly though, as wilted plants are inauspicious.



Way Fengshui Group PGNV


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