The Important Role of Appliances during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Important Role of Appliances during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted by Sherijan Ivan Dela Cruz on 22nd Jul 2021

Summary:

With most of the world still reeling from the effects of lockdown and stay-at-home orders, appliances are working overtime. This blog will discuss the critical role consumer electronics and appliances play in improving health outcomes, keeping people informed, and ensuring sustainable supply chains amidst the global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Covid-19 highlighted the importance of many things – including our often taken-for-granted home appliances. When nearly 80 percent of the world was locked down at the onset of the pandemic, our homes were almost as unprepared as we were. With many people confined to their homes working or schooling remotely, overall public interest in appliances and consumer electronics has significantly risen.

It is therefore vital that new appliances manufactured by companies and bought by consumers during and after the COVID crisis are as efficient as possible to support communities still in lockdown. Efficiency means appliances and electronics must survive changing, if not fluctuating, ownership patterns: increased usage, more demanding loads, skyrocketing energy consumption levels due to being confined at home. Machines today, more than any time in history, must be resilient enough to support a pandemic-stricken lifestyle.

Indeed, the coronavirus crisis has prompted industry players to introduce new technologies to support a new wave of lifestyle changes across six continents. Working in different countries with varying levels of technology, the Efficiency for Access Coalition has witnessed the critical roles appliances are playing in mitigating the impacts of the pandemic in vulnerable communities.

For rural areas, off-grid appliances are considered machine front liners. To gain access to electricity, governments and some members of the private sector relied on mini-grids as a cost-effective and dependable solution for power generation. These utilities provide the electricity required to power crucial medical devices such as ventilators. Also, solar water pumps enable clinics and households in far-flung areas to gain access to water for sanitation.

At the household level, refrigerators helped family members to extend the shelf life of fresh produce, thereby reducing trips to markets and groceries, lowering virus exposure, and allowing consumers to maintain a healthy diet – a key factor in COVID survivability in case of symptomatic infection. Electric ranges also reduce indoor air pollution at a time when most families are confined to their homes.

Additional time spent indoors also led to changing comfort and leisure requirements. Compact appliances and AI-powered consumer electronics have become more important to everyday life, such as those for entertainment (e.g. smart TVs and audio systems), cooking (e.g. microwave ovens), and laundry (e.g. washers and dryers).

Truly, the pandemic crippled all our efforts to expand human horizons. We are back to square one – no wanderlusts or on-the-go lifestyles. In the comforts of our own homes, our well-being depends largely on the machines we use every day. The role of appliances will remain undeniably essential in ensuring that most of the world remains healthy. It is almost a requirement, therefore, that we must buy our appliances from trustworthy retailers who pour in their best efforts to keep these machines plenty in stock and readily available whenever we need them.

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