Indoor air quality monitoring
What makes us sick?

What Is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) term applies to the environmental characteristics inside buildings, such as the concentrations of pollutants in indoor air, temperature, and humidity level. When not properly maintained IAQ may affect health, comfort, or work performance (mostly refers to SBS).

We spend about 90% of the time breathing "indoor air". It's recycled continuously, trapping and building up pollutants.

Why it's a MUST to know how polluted your indoor air is

Poor IAQ leads to short-term or long-term health issues, which reduces productivity and creates additional stress in a world where it is already enough.

Common symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality are:
eye, nose, and throat irritation, headache, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. In some cases, a high level of air pollution worsens the condition of the tenant/worker and exacerbates the existing respiratory diseases, turning them into a chronic one: asthma, lung cancer, pneumonia, systemic hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Indoor air quality is generally considered to be worse than outdoor air quality, especially when considering how much time people spend indoors.

Why monitoring indoor air quality is important?

Gas and particles in the air are the main sources that contribute to poor IAQ.
Pollutants:
Dust, Pet hair, Dust mites , Household cleaners, Odors, Mold spores, Pollen, Bacteria and viruses, Carbon monoxide, Pesticides, Exhaustion Fumes, Environmental tobacco smoke, Lead, Asbestos, Non-vented gas heaters, Inadequate ventilation, Poorly maintained HVAC systems, Wood and coal stoves
IAQ monitoring applications are:

Health and comfort assessment, Mold detection and disposal, HVAC system performance monitoring, Investigation of poor AIQ complaints.

It is easier to fight the problem when you positive about its source.
Monitoring the IAQ you will know your enemies face to face, shortening the time, a non-renewable resource that as health we should value a lot.

What is indoor air quality monitoring?

It is a process that determines air quality and identify areas where the content number of the following substances is exceeded:
Contaminants such as carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Nitric Oxide (NOX), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2).

Air quality monitors can connect to a smartphone or even interact with products of the Smart Home system for automated air quality control.
ERV's system results

Methods for assessing the IAQ

Real-time monitors
Used to detect pollutant sources and provide information on the variation of pollutant levels throughout the day.

Integrated samples
Set for a specific time period for a particular pollutant's source investigation.

How Green Ductors can help

We have experience working with clients, that had similar to as described above situations and know how to fix a case in regular or commercial building. More on our indoor air purification case studies, read here.
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