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Being at home or in the office does not protect us from polluted air. The pandemic reminded us to take proper care of air quality in schools, in offices, and at home. And with good reason: the air we breathe impacts how we learn, work, and relax. Given that we spend around 80 or 90 percent of our time in enclosed spaces, measuring and controlling indoor air quality (IAQ) should not be considered a side issue.
According to calculations by the "Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA)" and Greenpeace, air pollution is causing 4.5 million premature deaths worldwide each year. Various sources affect indoor air quality, including construction materials, stored chemicals, condensation, dust and paints. This cocktail of polluted air affects our well-being, our daily activities, and our physical and mental health, resulting in less personal freedom.
Breathing clean air is essential; in fact, it should be a fundamental human right. Innovators like Sensirion have developed intelligent technological solutions that can be used in air purifying or air ventilation systems. Let’s unleash the full potential of clean air – for a happy and healthy life!
White House Initiative: "Let's clear the air on COVID"
The Biden-Harris Administration identified improved indoor air quality as an important tool to fight the spread of airborne diseases in the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan last September – and the National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prioritized it again earlier this month. A number of Federal departments and agencies – including the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) – have worked together to launch the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a call to action for anyone who manages or maintains a building. As part of the launch, the Environmental Protection Agency released a practical guide for building managers, contractors, homeowners, and business owners to create an action plan for cleaner indoor air. Learn more here.
Indoor air can contain a cocktail of toxins floating around. There are increasing reports of health problems associated with being indoors – known as "Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)". After leaving the affected building, the symptoms such as eye irritations, headache or fatigue subside.
Given that people spend around 80 to 90 percent of their time in enclosed spaces, measuring and controlling indoor air quality is the key to improving well-being and health.
In brand-new facilities
The smart building is no longer a future scenario. In fact, they can contribute to healthy living by managing indoor air quality.
At the workplace
Since we are at work for around one-third of the day, it makes sense to care about indoor air quality. Clean air in the office leads to clear thinking, better decision-making and less absences, resulting in higher productivity.
On the road
Exhaust emissions like NOx and particulate matter from tire wear, dust swirl or brake pads enter the driver cabin.
In public buildings
Depending on their age and their job, human beings spend a lot of time in public buildings. Clean air is important for them for different reasons: children as well as adolescents develop, learn and study better, while the elderly are more protected against respiratory illnesses.
Measuring air quality: Our sensor solutions
Each one specializes in something different and is ingenious in its own way: Our environmental sensors detect all kinds of pollution indicators to provide a complete picture of the indoor air quality situation.
- Multiple variants with different accuracies available
- Broad voltage range: 1.08 to 3.6 V
- Ultra-low power consumption
- Smallest form factor: < 10.1mm x 10.1mm x 6.5mm
- Reflow solderable (SMT) for space and cost-effective assembly
- Low-power mode for battery-driven applications
- Complete sensor solution for detecting VOC and/or NOx events
- Proven performance improved
- Reliable and accurate long-term user experience
- Integrated algorithms for reliable and trustworthy measurements
- Proven design-in examples enable fast hardware design
- Dust-protection and long life-time
- Ventilate regularly or use smart ventilation systems
- Use an air purifier or air conditioner to filter pollutants (and change the filter regularly)
- Install smart home devices to monitor indoor air quality
- Dust and vacuum regularly
- Buy green products that do not emit VOCs
- Use the fume hood in the kitchen and make sure that it is working appropriately
- Use bathroom exhaust fan
- Do not smoke indoors
Want to learn more?
Download our indoor air quality brochure as a PDF. Learn which environmental parameters are important and what you can do to improve your health and well-being. Happy reading!