As a continued "go-to" source for many customers in search of the perfect gas detection solution, CO2Meter is proud to stand by their mission towards advancing technologies and educating customers on gas detection - with a special emphasis on indoor air quality (IAQ).
Because Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is around us everyday, we constantly exhale it, however we tend to forget the negative side effects that the inert gas can have on us in a poorly ventilated indoor space.
And, with the chilly air now around us this fall season, family members visiting from out of town, and the cold keeping us indoors - it is even more important to understand your indoor air quality.
How to test your Indoor Air Quality?
Here's the top 5 ways to test your indoor air quality:
- Purchase an indoor air quality monitor
- Evaluate health symptoms
- Monitor carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, or radon levels
- Get a air purifier
- Speak with a certified HVAC or air quality professional
What is the most accurate indoor air quality monitor?
Having designed numerous gas detection meters, monitors, and sensors all dedicated to detecting specific inert gases, the Indoor Air Quality device called the "IAQ Mini" has continued to set itself as a reputable and trusted device for its ease of use, low-cost, and accuracy in measuring carbon dioxide to detect when potential contaminants are in your air.
In designing the unique device, we wanted customers to gain better understanding of their indoor air quality and compare CO2, Temp, and %RH concentrations right from the main LCD display. Plus, viewing these concentrations gives users the ability to understand when proper ventilation is needed in the space, based on the easy 3-color changing display. (Good Air = Green, Average Air = Yellow, Bad Air = Red) furthermore, assisting the end user in eliminating the potential negative effects that high CO2 levels can carry.
To share some perspective, with back-to-school season in full effect, the rise in overall CO2 levels can occur quite frequently due to occupancy and with poor ventilation. These factors lead to the inability to concentrate, fatigue, headaches, and often illness. This year alone, CO2Meter has provided devices to monitor CO2 indoors to hundreds of universities and primary schools worldwide, all looking to better understand their air quality in hopes of diluting the spread of airborne viruses that can be spread throughout the air.
One study conducted by a California elementary school found that inadequate ventilation in the classrooms did increase the chance of illness, promoted higher absenteeism, and resulted in overall negative test taking.
With the IAQ Mini CO2 Monitor (RAD-0302) teachers, professors, maintenance staff, and administrators will be able to promote awareness of indoor air quality and demonstrate how to monitor and analyze the levels in their classrooms for their students and staff.
Adds, CO2Meter's Vice President of Marketing, Morgan Morris, “The IAQ Mini CO2 Monitor features some of the latest functionalities to date that a device can offer in terms of ease of use, accuracy, low-cost, and precise monitoring to the end user. Furthermore, the device can be implemented across many indoor air quality applications where occupant comfort is vital and the need to test air across different rooms is critical to overall well-being".
When recognizing the need to improve indoor air quality in homes, offices, and classroom settings the CO2Meter engineering and research teams were sure to add specific functionalities and custom capabilities. The device will not only measure the air rapidly to detect CO2 concentrations with advanced NDIR sensing technology, but users will also gain added custom configuration with the ability to choose between preferred LCD back-light color (default is green/yellow/red), alarm level settings, and energy saving modes. With the custom features, the indoor air quality monitor can provide a gradual change in color and serve as a great learning tool dependent upon CO2 concentration levels in the space.
- Green = good indoor air / CO2 levels - < 800 ppm
- Yellow = below normal air quality / CO2 levels - 800 - 1400 ppm
- Red = poor air quality, ventilation is critical - > 1400 ppm
What are the most common indoor air pollutants?According to the EPA, there are specifically 13 common indoor air pollutants individuals should be aware of when it comes to analyzing their indoor air. The fall into one of four categories:
- Biological Pollutants
- Combustion Byproducts
- Legacy Pollutants
The most common indoor air pollutants however that cause direct negative health effects if not properly monitored are as follows,
- Carbon Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Biological Pollutants
- Cookstoves and Heaters
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Particulate Matter
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Additionally, one environment that requires supplemental air filtration and a need for indoor air quality monitoring is communities affected by wildfires. These critically affected areas and shelters, more than any other, are looking to create an overall cleaner air space among the smog and smoke that is created as a result from the natural disaster. The EPA also mentions that the combination of wildfire disasters and COVID-19 only increases the potential risk for illness and exposure, making indoor air quality monitoring a must.
“As a true leader in the industry in terms of gas detection, monitoring and analytical solutions, it is clear that our devices carry some of the most advanced, unique, and accurate technologies to market that strengthen our position in the indoor air quality (IAQ) space and provide years of service to customers, professors, and researchers alike", states CO2Meter Executive Vice President, Josh Pringle.
In utilizing indoor air quality solutions like the IAQ Mini CO2 Monitor, it is important to note the many benefits and the importance of monitoring indoor air quality across various indoor environments. Many studies continue to appear in the news today that focus on the use of indoor air quality monitors and achieving results correlated to student performance, productivity, and healthier lifestyles.
An additional Berkeley study on the Scientific Research Bank further discusses their research on monitoring air quality and CO2 concentrations specifically, in university buildings. By utilizing an indoor air quality monitor like the "IAQ Mini" you can eliminate the potential and direct effects from poor IAQ while improving many cognitive functions that oftentimes can be directly effected without proper air filtration in the space.
Large government and non-governmental associations have gone further to set specific standards in place such as the USGBC, ASHRAE, and OSHA. These associations are all active in tackling the causes of poor air quality and the solutions coming to market to solve these issues. When reflecting on what is happening within our own environments presently and the constant need for proper indication to eliminate airborne illness, the IAQ Mini is an ideal solution to ensure healthier living space in indoor environments and we could not be more proud of its release and capabilities for this market.
- Dual Beam NDIR technology
- Large LCD display for clear indication of CO2, Temp, and %RH
- Vibrant Custom Configurable Backlight Display to indicate CO2 concentration (Green/Yellow/Red)
- Easy to use, "Plug and Play" capabilities
- "History" with 3 emotions to indicate the status of CO2
- ECO saving power function which darkens the LCD during periods
- Easy Fresh Air Self-Calibration