While clean air is more important than ever at this unprecedented time, the subject of air quality extends beyond COVID-19.
It has long been known that poor air quality is bad for your health, with negative effects including shortness of breath; irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; and, in more serious cases, asthmatic episodes or the worsening of other respiratory conditions.
But, as with COVID-19, the golden question is how do you eliminate the threat of something that you can’t see?
The answer lies largely in technology. While the negative effects of bad air are tangible, identifying poor indoor air quality without technology is difficult. The good news is there are a number of systems out there which measure IAQ through responsive technology.
For example, Aerum and Healthy Air Technology Ltd. — a company set up by Oxford University scientists with an R&D background — recently developed advanced software that can measure levels of humidity, volatile organic compounds (VOC), dust, CO2 emissions, temperature and more.
To accompany this, the company has also developed medical-grade purifiers that can trap and eradicate up to 99.5% of harmful substances. This represents a technological breakthrough in relation to COVID-19, as the disease’s infected organisms can remain active for up to 28 days on inanimate objects.
In addition to embracing new technology, there are a number of simple things we can do to improve indoor air quality.
- cleaning air ducts
- making sure vents aren’t blocked by furniture
- introducing toxin-absorbing plants
- opening the windows to limit the re-circulation of the same air
Metrikus, a market leader in smart building software UK, and a network colleague member of BITA, have created air purification technology that reduces the risk of transmission to create a safe environment.
Their software, air quality sensor, and a state of the art air purifier, removes over 99.5% of all harmful substances from the air, including viruses and bacteria from swim flu particles.
This system is currently in use in hundreds of buildings (including hospitals) showing remarkable results.
More information about how Metrikus can improve the quality of indoor can be found here.