The Environment Protection Agency in the United States is aimed at regulating industry to protect human and environmental health. Their research shows that Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
There is much research on how indoor and outdoor conditions effect health and the world is growing more aware of the potential dangers of the air they breathe. In fact, the EPA published a uniform index to help the public categorize air quality levels and mitigate the risks associated with each.
Indoor air quality can be affected by many factors including the air exchange rate, outdoor climate, weather conditions, and occupant behavior. Indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.
Use of handheld sensors give a point in time reference into the building air quality. Actively monitoring and controlling the impacts of these sources is the first step in building a healthy and productive workspace. Use of installed air quality sensors reporting in real time via cloud based sensor dashboard aides facility managers and stakeholders with actionable data to see trends and proactively building systems and activities to improve air quality.