Over the last several years, an increase in wildfires, asthma, allergies, and airborne viruses such as COVID-19 have confirmed the urgent need to monitor and track Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) conditions and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). In an effort to provide healthier and safer indoor environments and more transparency and access to the critical factors that affect indoor pollution levels, Indor tracks carbon dioxide, (CO2), particulate matter (PM 1 and 2.5), humidity, temperature and other critical healthy building metrics in order protect the most valuable asset inside the building, its occupants.
Carbon dioxide monitoring is becoming an imperative part of COVID-19 preparedness and planning. In California, for example, Governor Newsom signed California Assembly Bill AB 841 into law in September 2020, mandating indoor air quality monitoring to reduce COVID-19 transmission and infection risk. The bill requires classrooms to monitor C02 and provide an alert when the carbon dioxide levels in the classroom have exceeded 1,100 ppm.
When people exhale inside a room, carbon dioxide aerosols containing pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) from infected individuals can be used as a vehicle to increase virus concentrations in the indoor air, as shown by the University of Colorado and Harvard School of Public Health. Is it important we monitor indoor CO2 levels inside our homes, offices and classrooms, (targeting concentrations below 1,100 PPM) and provide access to this information so that high concentrations can be addressed or remedied with proper ventilation and airflow.
In addition to an increase in viral transmission as noted above, other recent studies have shown a correlation between indoor air pollution for example, high levels of carbon dioxide, and exposure to particulate matter or harmful VOCs, can lead to an increase in asthma and allergies, resulting in more sick days, and a decrease in overall student student health, lack of concentration. and even lower test scores.
According to the WHO, around 235 million people are affected by asthma, and by the end of 2025, the number is likely to rise by 100 million globally. Rise in the prevalence rate of asthma is creating a significant socioeconomic impact across the globe, which, in turn, is propelling the demand for asthma spacers.
Numerous studies have also shown an association between poor indoor air quality and heart disease. In particular, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter (PM) have been found to trigger episodes in arrhythmia patients.
Prior to the Covid-19 global pandemic, working from home was already a big trend in the workplace. The devastating novel coronavirus has forced millions of people into an accelerated work-from-home routine. At the same time, there is an emerging post Covid-19 world where people are going back to work and schools have started reopening. In this rapidly changing world, indoor air quality (IAQ) and overall healthy building conditions become critical in promoting safety, security, health, well-being, and productivity. By regularly monitoring and tracking indoor air quality metrics and key health performance indicators (HPIs), it is possible to prevent further exposure to indoor pollutants and avoid conditions that allow viruses, mold, and bacteria to flourish.
To our knowledge, no other IAQ or IEQ device on the market allows for simple remote monitoring and quick-scan access for any commercial building, with an easy-to-use share and compare feature that allows users to easily monitor and track indoor pollution exposure at frequent or favorite locations (from the home, office, classroom, or gym). Indor provides the tools necessary to easily detect dangerous pollutants and take action to remedy before occupants fall ill and become less productive. There has never been a greater need for the ability to easily monitor, access, share, compare, and promote healthy indoor environments for our homes, classrooms, and commercial buildings from any device, in real time.