The advent of certain technologies – and in particular the introduction of the Withings Home – now allows the general public to guard against everyday pollution peaks that regularly degrade the quality of indoor air during seemingly mundane activities or events.
How do you track indoor air quality (IAQ)?If you are looking for a comprehensive IAQ-monitoring solution, two kinds of sensors stand out: CO2 sensors an VOC sensors. • Carbone dioxide sensors CO2 sensors are especially good for detecting whether a building is inhabited and if it is adequately ventilated (as humans we expire CO2 with each breath). The CO2 levels tracked in a room can even be used to extrapolate information about indoor air quality. Indeed, indoor concentrations of airborne pollutants typically increase in the same proportions as CO2 levels. Note that the Withings Smart Body Analyzer offers indoor air quality monitoring thanks to its CO2 sensor. • Volatile Organic Compound sensors VOC sensors monitor the levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in the air. VOCs are potentially harmful airborne organic chemicals. Combined these compounds have both short and long-term detrimental effects on human and animal health, ranging from headaches and eye irritations to asthma and cancer. The Withings Home – the first HD camera with environmental sensors – offers indoor air quality monitoring thanks to its VOC sensor. In the end, the easiest and most accurate way to assess indoor air quality is to use a VOC sensor.
What degrades indoor air quality?When discussing the issues VOCs raise, we are actually talking about an elusive health hazard (a vast majority of VOCs are invisible to the naked eye). Even if we suspect that the levels of pollutants in the air we breathe at home varies throughout the day, and that opening a window will lower them, it is difficult to clearly understand this danger without using a VOC sensor. The following “Everyday actions that degrade indoor air quality” video gives you 4 concrete examples of common situations where the air quality is suddenly undermined. • Assembling a piece of pressed-wood furniture • Applying oil-based paint • Using household cleaning products • Applying cosmetics
The first HD camera with air quality sensors