Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

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Why is Indoor Air Quality Important?

Indoor air quality is a huge part of our lives, especially in the UK where we spend so much time indoors during the winter months. You may be surprised to learn that there is a range of indoor air pollutants that we live and breathe in every day without knowing.

Installing an indoor air quality monitor may be the first step to learning more about the air quality in your home.

 

Indoor Air Quality

According to the World Health Organisation, (WHO) the average concentration of indoor air pollution tends to be higher indoors than outdoors! Especially during colder weather periods.

In the workplace two of the critical factors are temperature and humidity. These together with airflow are vital in minimising fungal, bacteria and mould growth and equally important in our general day to day comfort whilst in our workspace.

However far more serious is the toxic make up of gas that can exist from a mixture of roadside pollutants that combine with indoor pollutants in an atmosphere of poor ventilation.

How Can I Monitor Air Quality?

There are generally three bands of air monitors: lab-grade monitors, commercial-grade monitors and consumer-grade monitors. These monitors then break down into outdoor air monitors, in-duct air monitors and indoor air quality monitors. 

For monitoring the quality of air indoors, it is recommended to install pollutant monitors such as carbon dioxide monitors and volatile organic compounds, as well as additional factors like humidity, temperature and air conditioning monitors.

The above monitors and devices are key in measuring air quality in indoor environments like homes and offices.

The classic pollutants are a mixture of dust and gases consisting of Particulates such as Pm10 and Pm2,5;s PM- means particulate matter. The number identifies the particles diameter in microns. Particles that are PM10 are inhalable. Particles that are PM2.5 are drawn deep into the lung when you breath, some like PM2.5 or smaller can even get into the bloodstream. 

Others pollutants are gases including:

What are these are where do they come from?

These pollutants come from various sources. Some come from dust and pollution in the outside ambient air; from diesel vehicles; from tires and road dust.

Other indoor sources may include sources of combustion such as boilers, log burners, gas cookers and fires and tobacco smoke. Other sources of indoor air pollution are specially treated carpets and furniture, paints and varnishes, concrete and wall treatments, cleaning and washing agents and some rise up through the ground.

We are able to offer two solutions:

First, a unit for the office or workplace. A light industrial device, which is an indicative dust and gas monitor. It can either be used to provide a traffic light style warning to a phone app or to produce monthly reports to your computer.

The latter is a professional wall or pole mounted device which is capable of looking at fine particulate (PM10,.5 and 1) as well as NO2,CO,SO2 plus O3 or TVOC

It provides you with its location through GPS and the correct temperature and humidity.

Air quality monitoring is used in many applications

Nuisance monitoring – where the effects of a particular activity on a community can be investigated, by monitoring , dust , noise, vibration , windspeed and direction

Boundary monitoring. Transboundary pollution is often a major issues. As well as real time monitoring sample of other items may be needed to taken and monitored to provide a true and accurate picture of material emitted from a particular site

Sick Building

Sick Building Syndrome is understood be the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

It manifest its self in the form of headachese, sore throat , dry eyes.

It can be attributed to temperature, humidity , airflow as well as the concentration of hydrocrabons and toxic gases. Ideally continuous real time remotely accessed monitors can be used to provide monitoring of the environment

Why is Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Important?

Air quality is not a topic that many people think about, but it can have a tremendous impact on our health. In fact, according to the EPA, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) “is one of the most common forms of pollution and has been linked to headaches, nausea, asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses.” The good news is that there are services available to help you improve your air quality

What does poor air quality do? Poor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems such as allergies and asthma. These effects may be even more pronounced in children who spend their time at home or in school with little outdoor exposure. Air pollutants such as carbon dioxide and ozone also contribute to poor IAQs by irritating the lungs and respiratory system.

How Can I
Improve Air Quality?

The first step in improving the indoor air quality of your indoor environment is to find the problem, as detailed above. Depending on the problem you’re facing, you may need to install an air conditioning unit, or an air purifier to help combat the humidity, temperature or to remove particulates in the air.

Air purifiers are particularly good at improving air quality as they sanitize the air, getting rid of pollutants, allergens, toxins and other air quality issues. They are generally a reasonable price as well and so become quite suitable for small offices or domestic homes.

Another cheap and easy way to get clean air into a room is to ensure there is adequate ventilation. Getting fresh air into a room with quick air movement can do a lot to the quality of indoor air, as it helps match the relative humidity to the air outside, either raising or lowering it in your environment to a reasonable level. It might be worth pairing this method with humidity sensors or a temperature sensor to ensure the room doesn’t get too hot or too cold.