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Why is indoor air quality important?

The emergency situation we are experiencing in recent months has greatly increased the level of attention regarding indoor air quality issues. Facility managers are therefore interested in learning about and implementing actions to ensure a healthier and therefore safer indoor environment.

 

In fact, failure to monitor air quality could lead to serious health consequences, both short- and long-term. For example, some implications may involve reduced productivity, absenteeism and possible litigation with employees.

 

Typical symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. In some cases, exposure to indoor air pollution can lead to acute and chronic respiratory disease.

 

In most cases, indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality, especially when considering the amount of time people spend indoors compared to outdoors.

 
 

What are the factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality?

The agents that cause poor air quality are divided into gases (e.g., VOCs, CO2) and particulate matter (e.g., PM2.5, PM10) . Sources of these elements can include several options including inadequate ventilation, ineffective cleaning, work environments with unsuitable occupations.

In addition, the actual concentration of these pollutants can vary, with the potential to increase exponentially, due to poor ventilation, humidity, and high temperatures.

In fact, adequate ventilation plays a key role in indoor air quality. Ventilation could be defined as a combination of processes designed to determine the continuous exchange of indoor air. These processes involve the intake of outside air, the presence of conditioned air, and the distribution of air throughout the building. If any of these processes fail to function properly, air quality will suffer.

In addition, temperature and humidity are also elements that affect air quality. For example, high levels of temperature and humidity can lead to harmful consequences such as mold. In addition, the rate at which chemicals are released may also be higher at high temperatures.

 

How to evaluate indoor air quality and comfort: Aircare

Now that the importance of monitoring air quality is understood, it’s worth looking at a few initiatives for how to do it properly.

The Aircare project has created IoT measurement devices to take continuous measurements over time. These tools can be used to detect various environmental parameters and provide valuable information on changing pollutant levels.

Using sensors to assess air quality and indoor comfort is a great solution for monitoring. Our devices are capable of communicating with a variety of communication protocols and can operate wirelessly with rechargeable batteries.

The location of these sensors is strategic. They are generally located away from sunlight or away from heating or ventilation devices. The most suitable location is the walls.

Find out more in the section dedicated to Measure Link

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