24/7 Digital Air Monitoring and Reporting

Why 24/7 Digital Air Monitoring is So Important

Air monitors are important for the safety of your workspace because they are like the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to airborne health risks. If your workers are customers, wait until they’re aware of an airborne hazard, just opening a few windows is too little too late. The stakes are even higher with infectants like bacteria or COVID-19.

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The worst indoor pollutants

that must be detected as soon as possible

1. Radon

Radon can’t be detected unless you suspect its presence, and may be one of the most deadly and common indoor pollutants! Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking. It is the byproduct of the naturally occurring breakdown of uranium in water, rocks, and soil. In the past, the only way to ensure an accurate test for Radon was to use a charcoal-based kit and then ship it to a lab for analysis. A digital air monitor with a radon sensor provides fast and accurate reports without the delays of charcoal-based kits.

2. Carbon Dioxide

At one time, the effects of high levels of CO2 were considered harmless, but recent research shows that concentrations as low as 1,000 ppm often affect people’s cognitive function. Ironically, people are the single greatest source of CO2. Their own breath coupled with poor ventilation can lead to dangerously high levels of CO2. Fortunately, CO2 sensors are found on most digital air monitoring systems.

3. Particulate Matter

PM or Particulate Matter is a mix of droplets and particles suspended in the air. Because they can be inhaled, PMs that are 10 micrometers in diameter or smaller can adversely affect your health. They can also exacerbate existing medical problems, such as heart disease and asthma. The World Health Organization reports that PM 2.5 is the greatest health risk in the word.

4. VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)

VOCs are gasses emitted by a number of materials that may have short and long-term health effects. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) VOCs concentrations can be as much as 10 times greater inside than outdoors. 

Common VOCs include:

  • Hairspray
  • Cosmetics
  • Disinfectants
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Varnishes and
  • Paints
  • Glues
  • Insulation

One of the most common VOCs is Formaldehyde, which is highly toxic.

5. Temperature and Humidity

Temperature and humidity levels affect more than your comfort. Excessive humidity and high temps stimulate mildew and mold growth. Monitoring these levels helps to prevent damage to physical property and offers safeguarding for employees health.

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