According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. This poses a big risk to occupants of homes, schools, office buildings, and other indoor spaces.
While outdoor air quality has received much of the focus regarding environmental pollution, there’s a need to shift more attention to indoor air quality (IAQ). This is because most people today send time indoors at work, in school or at home. Monitoring and tracking indoor air quality is the first step in creating healthier indoor spaces.
This post explores the risks of poor indoor air quality. It also examines new technology for monitoring, tracking, and providing the public with easy access to IAQ metrics for any building.
What are the Risks of Indoor Pollution?
It’s easy to tell if the outdoor air is polluted through smell and even sight. However, indoor pollution is more insidious, and this makes it a much greater risk.
Some of the deadly pollutants that exist indoors include Carbon Dioxide, carbon monoxide, environmental tobacco smoke, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ozone, nitrogen oxides, TSP (total suspended particulates), asbestos, radon lead, formaldehyde, and biological agents.
These indoor air pollutants pose adverse health risks ranging from short term effects such as irritation of the eyes, skin irritation, nose and throat, headaches, allergic reactions, dizziness, and fatigue. Long-term effects include respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
These pollutants originate from mold, cooking fuels, cleaning products, new carpets, paint, and furniture, outdoor air pollutants, cigarette smoke, dust mites, and pets, among other sources.
Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) impacts employee productivity, increases health costs, and negatively affects business revenues and profits. If not addressed, indoor air pollution can gradually devastate your company’s performance. When you monitor indoor air quality and other healthy building metrics on a regular basis, you keep employees happier, healthier and more productive.
In school, illnesses due to indoor pollution can lead to poor grades, missed school days, and problems with health regulators.
Innovations in monitoring and Tracking Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Using proper sensors and systems to identify developing indoor air pollution problems can help avoid these adverse health effects. School administrators, office managers, and homeowners can now easily identify risks and take the necessary steps to remedy indoor air quality issues much more efficiently.
The latest indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring tools provide real-time data collected by sensors across the building. You can easily track your building’s health by looking at the build-up or reduction of different metrics.
Some of the air quality factors measured include:
· Relative Humidity (RH)
· Perceived Air Quality: (PIAQ)
· VOC concentration
· Radon levels
· Carbon dioxide concentration
· Ventilation Standards
· Exposure limits
· Particle measurement (PM)
· EPA action levels for radon
· TVOC (total concentration of non-reactive volatile organic compounds)
· Discomfort levels
The best monitoring and tracking system provides visibility into your building’s indoor air quality and overall healthy building status. With real-time data and remote accessibility, you have complete knowledge and control of your building’s indoor air quality. You can also provide different levels of secured public access, via shared link, to building guests, employees, or customers. This also makes it easier to comply with regulatory standards in your industry and with remote public access, transparency will help build consumer confidence and trust in a post Covid-19 economy. With this data and access, you will also know which areas will require taking action, for example increased ventilation, in order to improve the health and productivity of the building’s occupants.
VizAeras IoT-based Monitoring Platform for Healthy Indoor Environments
VizAeras’s IoT-based IAQ and healthy building tracking technology includes multiple sensors to provide real-time data and remote access to any building, from any device, anywhere. These sensors measure your building’s indoor health conditions and relay the same information to you and others through a mobile device.
You have remote access to your building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) metrics. With the AI data generated, you can begin to predict employee health and business productivity trends. Indoor air quality data received includes:
· Humidity levels
· Indoor air quality index
· Temperature levels
· Decibel (noise) levels
· Lumen (light) levels
· EMF – electromagnetic Frequency
· Mold indication risk levels
· PM2.5 – Particulate Matter
This versatile technology can work in homes, schools, health care facilities, and retail and commercial buildings.
With more people spending time indoors, you should consistently monitor and track indoor air quality (IAQ) and other healthy building conditions to improve occupants’ health and well-being. New technology such as the VizAeras IoT-based Monitoring Platform for Healthy Indoor Environments now provides safety, security, and peace of mind for building owners and occupants. This tool not only provides building owners and operators with real-time data and remote public access, as desired, but also helps building managers take immediate action to help reduce exposure to harmful indoor air pollutants.