What makes a room polluted?

To answer that question, we first need to understand what is considered air pollution. According to OSHA and our air-quality experts, there are three main criteria for identifying a polluted room: humidity, temperature and carbon dioxide levels. Here’s how these factors work together Humidity is defined as water vapor in air—warm air can hold more water than cold air. Temperature directly affects people’s comfort level; if it gets too hot or too cold, humans aren’t happy. And carbon dioxide (CO2) is a naturally occurring gas, so it doesn’t necessarily mean your air-pollution alarm should go off right away—but as CO2 levels increase above 600 parts per million (ppm), you may want to take action. Whether you have asthma or suffer from allergies, it’s always important to pay attention to air quality issues because elevated levels of CO2 can trigger respiratory distress for some individuals. Elevated concentrations of CO2 over long periods of time also aggravate any cardiovascular problems an individual may be experiencing. Our solution is real-time indoor air monitoring by way of air quality co2 monitors. These monitors allow us to measure air quality in real time based on set thresholds. When those thresholds are reached, users get notified about what they should do next—either evacuate, avoid areas with poor air quality or shut down operations until conditions improve. This system has been deployed by companies all over the world who keep employees safe and aware of environmental concerns wherever they work.


Air Pollution and Health Risks

It’s important to note that air pollution doesn’t just impact your respiratory system. The EPA says air pollution can also cause a variety of adverse health effects, such as: increased asthma attacks and other respiratory symptoms; irregular heartbeat; heart attacks; decreased lung function; developmental and reproductive harm; cancer and even premature death. When it comes to carbon dioxide levels, excessive amounts can make you feel lightheaded or have difficulty breathing. For high-risk groups like young children, pregnant women and people with asthma or pre-existing cardiovascular conditions, these symptoms are especially dangerous. If there’s too much carbon dioxide in your air, chances are you already know it. But not everyone is affected by poor air quality equally. A new wearable device from Dataout measures carbon dioxide in real time at both indoor and outdoor spaces; if something is awry, an alert will let you know to open a window or head for fresher air. Sometimes we think about our indoor environment as separate from what's going on outside—this device looks beyond that divide for something most of us take for granted: fresh air.


Carbon Dioxide Monitors vs Air Quality Monitors

Because carbon dioxide monitors and air quality monitors measure different things, it’s important to take a few factors into consideration before making your purchase. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself: Where is my air coming from? Is it natural or mechanical ventilation? Are there any known contaminants or anything else that would skew my data? Knowing where your air is coming from will help narrow down which one you need. A carbon dioxide monitor will only tell you how much CO2 is in your building, while an air quality monitor can give you more information like temperature, humidity, light intensity, VOCs and even noise levels—it all depends on what’s best for your needs. On top of that, don’t forget about cost; some types of air monitors are expensive but well worth it if you have equipment or sensors that might become damaged if they come into contact with contamination. An air quality monitor will be able to assess your air situation without risking damage to other items or structures within your environment. In a nutshell, depending on what type of air source you have (natural/mechanical), knowing whether or not contamination could be an issue (VOCs) and whether your equipment is vulnerable to outside interference (temperature changes) may determine which type of monitor suits you best. Of course, price can also play a role here as well; depending on budget and needs, both options could be up for consideration here.


3 low cost strategies for ventilation control

1) Non-ventilated areas: many people assume that every room needs to be ventilated. This isn’t true and a great deal of energy is wasted by exhausting air into unoccupied rooms. If you have unoccupied rooms, consider installing an occupancy sensor so that these rooms aren’t ventilation traffic lights, flashing green (on) while they remain dark and empty.

2) Full system shutdowns: Some areas don’t require continuous ventilation (as long as no one is in them). Consider installing occupancy sensors in these spaces so that a simple switch or button press can start/stop ventilation traffic. These buttons would likely be near your building’s main entrances or in other high-traffic locations.

3) Morning ventilation: Many offices use some type of ventilation strategy during working hours, then close off their ventilation systems when everyone leaves for home. The problem with doing this is that there may still be people present throughout your building during non-working hours—like cleaning staff members who are often tasked with closing off intake grates at night. We recommend avoiding full system shutdowns after office hours; instead shut down only those areas that are currently occupied.


The Complete Solution

DataOut key value is service excellence - we pride ourselves on treating all customers exactly as we would want to be treated ourselves. That means working closely with you from start to finish, addressing all issues promptly and professionally regardless of whether they're minor or major. You can rely on us to offer expert knowledge, innovative thinking and practical know-how so that your IoT project will be efficiently deployed while meeting exacting standards of quality.

We’re available for consultation and to answer any questions you may have about our IOT solutions, or how we can support your existing BMS hardware and software. Just fill out a request online using one of our contact forms (either of them), and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. If you prefer, simply call us on (+44)7427392233.

Once we’ve set up a meeting, we’ll discuss your individual requirements in more detail and discover how we can support you in deploying IoT technology to enable remote monitoring and control of your equipment. In some cases, there may be no charge for our time or for any software licenses needed for specific projects; in others, we might propose a full-service solution with clear costs identified from the outset (if you choose to go ahead with that option). You’ll always know exactly what you’re paying for, so there are no hidden charges or nasty surprises, which is another area where DataOut sets itself apart from other providers.