Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality is an increasing concern for health. Indoor Air pollution arises from human activities (cooking, cleaning, etc), our indoor environment (chemicals contained in furniture, paints, carpets…), and the exchanges of air with the outside (particles, exhaust fumes…). While we are surrounded by more and more complex chemical products, the air we live in is more and more confined, and favors the concentration of harmful pollutants.
According to the World Health Organization, Indoor air pollution was estimated to cause nearly two million deaths in 2004, including half of pneumonia deaths among children under five. Indoor Air pollutants are a main cause for a lot of respiratory and neural affections. Asthma prevalence for example has doubled in the past 20 years, and the annual asthma-related expenditures in the US alone are estimated to be nearly $18 bn (Source AAFA, Asthma Facts and Figures http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&sub=42).
While there is a clear need to reduce energy consumption, energy-efficient buildings tend to reduce ventilation which could favor the concentration of pollutants inside our homes and offices. Indoor Air Quality becomes a crucial issue for all parties involved in building the places we live and work in, from policy-makers to architects, real-estate managers, manufacturers of construction materials, paints, furnitures… Increasingly constraining policies and regulations are a clear sign of the growing awareness of the issue: from the Reach program of the European Union, aimed at identifying and eliminating harmful molecules in the products we use, to the World Health Organization’s ongoing works on quantifying acceptable thresholds for various molecules, to the promotion of the Indoor AIRplus label by the US EPA and to recent regulations in France obliging to perform Indoor Air Quality measurements in a whole category of public buildings (schools, hospitals, swimming pools…).
However Indoor Air Quality is difficult to measure. It includes a large variety of pollutants (from chemical gases to allergens, mold and particles), requires very high accuracy and is location-specific: pollution in your kitchen is usually very different than in your bedroom. While the statistic knowledge of Indoor Air pollution is good, with hundreds of studies conducted worldwide in the past 30 years, accurately measuring Indoor Air pollution remains a lengthy and costly process, with limited capabilities for on-site and real-time analysis.
How can we help you improve on IAQ monitoring?
Our X-FLR8 IAQ Monitoring series is dedicated to Indoor Air Quality. It targets the main gas pollutants of Indoor Air and provides multi-gas monitoring capabilities as well as a real-time mode that can be used for source detection.
If you conduct R&D activities on IAQ, the X-FLR8 IAQ Monitoring analyzer will help you manage your research campaigns with much more flexibility and vastly extended analysis capabilities, providing real-time reconfiguration and enabling the testing of multiple scenarios, both in the field and in the lab.
If you are an Environmental specialist conducting field audits on IAQ, you will be able to enrich your value proposition to your customers and increase your productivity, with the X-FLR8 IAQ Monitoring multi-gas real-time analysis and source detection mode.