Indoor air quality, something we should all care about

Did you know we spend 90% of our lives indoors?

Still, in a lot of countries there are no air quality monitoring indoors. But the air that is indoors, comes from the outside air, and can in fact be up to five times more polluted. There’s a lot of issues that come with bad air quality. Not only that it is harmful to people and causes death (yes, scary but true). It is also known that bad indoor air quality can cause headache, asthma, as well as reduce productivity . By taking control of your air quality, you can also save energy and money.

Do you know what you are breathing in your office?

The air we breathe indoors, not only in the office of course,  is affected by old beliefs and outdated technology. But most of all, it is affected by our lack of knowledge of exactly what it is we are breathing in. We spend most of our lives indoors without ever thinking about the quality of the air we breathe. We think being indoors can help protect us from the big, bad world outside. But the World Health Organisation estimates that there are four million deaths annually due to air pollution, and the air inside is generally five times more polluted than outside. Whether that is smoke, dust, bacteria and viruses, mould, or CO2, it all merges together as more and more people are in a building.

Just open a window for fresh air

So how do you counteract this air pollution inside? Many of us have grown up thinking that the solution is simply opening a window. The fresh, clean air outside will surely be able to ventilate a stuffy room, right? Well, no and no. Not only is everything outside now on the inside too, but it’s also much colder. (Or warmer). But obviously, most buildings are too large for windows to be a realistic option. This is why we need ventilation systems. Over the years, there have been many technological advances in the ventilation of buildings. Ventilation has gradually improved energy performance and indoor air quality. But, it’s still not good enough. Since it’s quite expensive to buy a new ventilation system, you could optimise your existing one in real time with an add-on service and sensors. With control over the actual indoor air quality in buildings, you can save a lot of energy, since you don’t need to exchange all that air if the building is empty of people. You can also help people to have a healthy indoor climate when they are there, inside of that walls.

If you want to take control over your system, and save energy while you´re having the best indoor air quality inside the building, we can help you with this. Reach out to us and talk about how to make buildings better for you, your tenants and the planet.



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