Why Does Measuring Indoor Air Quality Matter?
Measuring indoor air quality matters for your health because poor IAQ can be especially dangerous for high-risk groups such as children, the elderly, or those suffering from chronic respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. It has also been connected to sick building syndrome, building-related illnesses, reduced worker productivity, and decreased focus in schools.
People spend an average of about 90% of their time indoors, whether at home, work, school, or even in transportation. The quality of your air can impact the comfort and well-being of the people inside your facility and indoor air pollution consistently ranks as one of the top five environmental risk factors to public health. Did you know that nearly 3.8 million global deaths are the result of indoor pollution? Or that particulate matter causes numerous respiratory ailments such as decreased lung function, respiratory inflammation, and asthma?
The airborne spread of COVID-19 is one consideration that remains important in the indoor air quality conversation. Because only a handful of states currently have occupational safety and health codes that promote better indoor air quality in the workplace, COVID-19 transmission has hit certain industries such as manufacturing and long-term care facilities particularly hard. Manufacturing plants are one environment that foster particularly harmful indoor air quality conditions. To date, over 90,000 meatpacking, food processing and farm workers have suffered from workplace outbreaks of COVID-19. Ensuring that harmful particulates like viruses and other contaminants are removed from circulation in environments with poor ventilation – and being able to prove the resulting quality of the air – is becoming an increasingly important part of workplace safety.
You can measure the IAQ in your facility with ECOSENSE Platforms, using our innovative dashboards and air quality sensors that track, report, and collect HVAC system data points including temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, particulate matter, and more. Facility managers who measure indoor air quality using our technology can provide safer and healthier workspaces for occupants while simultaneously realizing HVAC energy savings.