Making The Most of Air Quality Monitoring and Management
“Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports, “where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.”
And now? People are beginning to pay attention.
Thus, to curb constant and consistent exposure to indoor air contaminants, indoor environmental technology has begun to grow in popularity. Here’s what you need to know:
The Growth of Indoor Air Quality Monitoring
In recent years, both governmental and private organizations across the nation have placed a newfound emphasis on the need for optimized indoor air quality, as airborne pollutants have been shown to negatively affect one’s physical health and cognitive functions.
Additionally, with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, individual home and business owners have also clamored to invest in air quality technology that may assist their ability to protect themselves from airborne viral particles.
Consequently, the market has grown considerably in a matter of only a few years presenting those of us in the indoor air quality industry the ample opportunity to take advantage of the boom.
“The [air quality] market was valued at US $878.62 million in 2019 and is projected to reach US $1,266.07 million by 2027,” according to Global News Wire. “It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% during the forecast period.”
And among the technology that has been sought out as the market has grown? Air quality monitoring systems.
Types of IAQ Monitoring Systems
With the advent of wireless technology, researchers have reportedly focused their efforts on air quality monitoring systems that are designed around wireless sensor networks (WSN) as well as models that use the Internet of Things (IoT).
Specifically, WSN systems are comprised of various sensors that are connected to a desktop computer, the likes of which transmits measured data to a central node or router through wireless channels.
IoT systems, on the other hand, transmit data in real-time through a direct connection to the internet.
That being said, both WSN and IoT systems typically measure for the following common indoor air pollutants:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon Dioxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Organic Contaminants (such as mold spores)
- And more
Monitoring, Managing, and Limitations
While indoor air quality monitoring systems are designed to measure and report back on the current environmental factors in a given space, most systems are inefficient in that they are not capable of being calibrated to holistically test for contaminants.
Specifically, studies reveal that there are currently three primary types of sensors for air quality monitors: single gas sensors, multi-gas sensors, and dust sensors. Consistency and ongoing accuracy can hinder the overall data that comes from these sensors.
Thankfully, the InstaScope eliminates these complications, as it provides users with objective information about what’s in the air, including the microbiology.
Commercial property owners and managers — as well as remediators or other industrial hygienists who need to measure a property’s air quality — will find that the state-of-the-art biofluorescent chamber of the InstaScope provides optimized, accurate, and reliable results in real-time.
By sampling the air biological loads in multiple rooms an unlimited number of times, users of the InstaScope can easily compare particle concentrations with results that are both more consistent and comprehensive in comparison to other monitoring systems.
In short, measuring and managing the indoor air quality has never been easier!
To learn more about how the InstaScope can help you verify and enhance your business’s capabilities, contact DetectionTek today by calling 720-410-7030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.