New Indoor Air Quality Devices

New Devices for Indoor Air Quality May Provide a Catalyst for Residential Efficiency

(1)  As we look increasingly to our homes as havens from a stressful world, the issue of indoor air quality has never been more critical. Technology companies are incorporating sound building science principles to offer real solutions to our specific needs. A few devices that may provide a catalyst for residential efficiency are:

  • Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Birdi
  • Netatmo Weather Station
  • CubeSensor
  • Alima
  • Withings Home

Detailed information about all of the products listed above can be found by clicking on this link: 6 Smart Interior Air Quality Monitors

(2)   Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term referring to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions. According to health experts, these indoor pollutants can manifest themselves in symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. Additionally:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that indoor air pollutant levels may be two to five times higher than the pollutant levels outdoors.
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top environmental concerns in the country.
  • Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors.
  • Indoor air pollutants such as tobacco smoke, pollen, mold, dust and animal dander can create asthmatic and allergic reactions.

With new IAQ measurement tools, consumers are able to monitor the air quality in their homes and make the necessary changes to improve their quality of life.

(3)   EPA, Consumers, Homeowners, Building owners, Tenants, Everyone!

(4)   By applying and understanding measuring strategies, all of the costs and risks associated with poor IAQ can be transformed into benefits and opportunities. IAQ, either in new construction, renovation or in remediation, can translate to greater occupant health and safety, greater productivity, and decreased maintenance costs and liability. The processes to implement these strategies include:

  • Identifying and eliminating common contaminants,
  • Practicing source control,
  • Making wise choices of materials,
  • Following preventative strategies during construction and post-occupancy,
  • Providing good ventilation

Lastly, substantial energy savings can often be achieved by making IAQ upgrades. Upgrades also boost the value of on-site generation where applicable.

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