Air quality is an unseen risk.
With Americans spending 90% of their time indoors Air Quality is a pressing matter that is often ignored. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a major factor that affects the health, comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants.
In fact the American Medical Association estimates that 50% of all illnesses are caused by polluted indoor air. In many buildings contaminants such as bacteria, mold, fungi and assorted spores are quite prevalent. A major source or method of distribution of these contaminants is a building’s HVAC system.
Nimbus 9’s air quality sensors report on pollutant levels and other air conditions inside your building in real time.
VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Common VOCs are formaldehyde, toluene, acetone, ethanol, 2-propanol and more. Short term effects of VOC exposure include nausea, fatigue, loss of coordination and dizziness while long term exposure can result in damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system.
Detection Range: 0 – 5500 ppb
PARTICULATE MATTER 2.5
PM2.5 are fine, inhalable particles with diameters that are generally 2.5 micrometers and smaller. The average human hair is about 70 micrometers in diameter – making it 30 times larger than the largest fine particle. Measuring PM2.5 is extremely important as particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter can get deep into the lungs and some may even get the the bloodstream.
Detection Range: 0 – 1000μg/m3
At room temperature carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless, faintly acidic-tasting, non-flammable gas. Carbon dioxide at levels that are unusually high indoors may cause occupants to grow drowsy, to get headaches, or to function at lower activity levels. CO2 leaks from cylinders and bulk storage tanks can result in oxygen deprivation and death. The maximum indoor CO2 level considered acceptable is 1000 ppm.
Detection Range: 400 – 5000 ppm
The recommended average relative humidity for indoors is 30 to 50%, when the outside temperature is 20°F or more. Indoor relative humidity above 60% creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew. These contaminants pose a threat to the health of building occupants and cost as well as time consuming remediation for building owners.
Detection Range: 30% to 85% non-condensing. RH +/-5%
Measuring and controlling of temperature is critical. It has been demonstrated that the comfort level of air temperature has measurable impacts on heart rate, respiration, exhaled carbon dioxide concentrations, and mood and sick building syndrome symptoms, as well as work performance.
Detection Range: -35°C to 65°C (32°F to 113°F)