It is easy to take for granted that the air we breathe when indoors is pure–or at least safe to breathe. We typically think air pollutants exist outside, caused by vehicle emissions, construction, trains, factories, or even fires. Unfortunately, indoor air is not always safe. Indoor pollutants can compromise the health and comfort of those breathing that indoor air.
To keep family, friends, employees, students, patients, or any others breathing high-quality indoor air, owners of homes and businesses may use indoor air quality monitors. They can use the feedback to implement measures to clean things up. Ambient Edge offers Arizona and Nevada heating and cooling services and can address whatever your air quality needs may be.
Indoor Air Quality Monitors Explained
Air quality monitors are designed to detect and record levels of pollutants in the air. In recent years, there has been increased attention on indoor air quality, and as a result, more air quality devices, especially “low-cost” models, have hit the market.
Air quality monitoring devices use sensors and other components to detect specific air pollutants and monitor and report on their presence. Pollutants these devices can be programmed to detect include particulate matter (PM), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs)-chemicals often found in products used to maintain homes–, other pollutants, and even environmental elements, such as humidity and mold. Each device has its own parameters for what it measures, how it measures, and for how long it monitors the air.
To check your air quality, plug in the device and leave it alone. After the designated period of testing time, you may be able to read the results yourself or send the report to a lab. If the monitor detects pollutants, Ambient Edge has solutions and will get your air back to healthy conditions.
Why Indoor Air Quality Matters
The air we breathe affects our physical and mental health, as well as our comfort. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the following substances as consequences of inhaling pollutants from indoor air:
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation,
- Fatigue, dizziness, and headaches,
- Respiratory disease,
- Heart disease, and
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports research findings showing exposure to poor air quality during the “early years of an individual’s life” raises risks for a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
How Indoor Air Becomes Contaminated
According to the EPA, there is increasing evidence that the air we breathe inside our homes or other buildings can be more polluted than air in the most industrialized cities, and some people spend about 90% of their time inside, breathing that air.
Our indoor air becomes contaminated from a variety of sources. These include poor ventilation, high temperatures and humidity levels, oil, gas, tobacco, damp carpeting, certain wood products, cleaning, maintenance and personal care products, and outdoor contaminants (such as pesticides. These substances find their way indoors through defective heating, cooling, or humidification systems, among other entrances.
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Effectiveness of Indoor Air Quality Monitors
Like any machine or device, some air quality monitors work better than others. And, like other equipment, a monitor may work less effectively over time. Usually, manufacturers indicate a monitor’s lifespan and specify the kinds of pollutants it aims to detect.
Further, the accuracy of an air monitor’s report can be affected by a variety of factors, including where the monitor is plugged in, the temperature and humidity of the area, and how it measures pollutants and processes that information.
Still, these monitors can provide general information about the air quality of an indoor space. The results, along with your own observations, can be revealing. For example, if you notice odors or experience respiratory symptoms, headaches, dizziness, or nausea, those are signs of poor indoor air quality.
Respond to Air Quality Monitor Results
If your indoor air quality monitor or your own body is waving warning signals about your air quality, respond to those signals by connecting with Ambient Edge. We can remove pollutants safely and efficiently so you can breathe more easily–literally.
Your heating or cooling systems may contribute to your low air quality. We can clean ducts, change filters, and implement other air-purifying methods. We can also take preventive maintenance steps to stop air quality problems before they start.
Indoor Air Quality Monitors Are a Starting Point
Indoor air quality monitors can serve as the first step in your move toward cleaner air. They can give you an idea of what contaminants are present. Removing those contaminants is the goal. Properly working Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are essential for reaching that goal.
Ambient Edge can ensure your HVAC system does what it is supposed to do to keep your indoor space healthy and comfortable:
- Control temperature and humidity.
- Meet ventilation needs by taking in adequate amounts of outdoor air to mix with indoor air and distribute the mixture throughout the space.
- Isolate and remove odors and other pollutants.
Reliable Indoor Quality Air Tests
While there are indoor air quality monitors on the market for under $500, and they can offer feedback, Ambient Edge can provide more reliable testing. For residential homes up to 2,500 square feet, the costs fall into the same range as the “DIY” monitors you can buy on your own. Test costs for larger homes and commercial properties run a bit higher.
Our professional testing will get you the most accurate results. If you make mistakes in setting up your monitor or reading its results, or if the monitor itself has a defect, you risk losing important information. We will not make mistakes, and the accurate results will help you make decisions to improve your indoor air quality and your health.
Improve Indoor Air Quality with Ambient Edge
Most of us spend a lot of time breathing indoor air. To stay healthy and comfortable, we need to breathe quality indoor air. Indoor air quality monitors can provide feedback on your air quality. Ambient Edge offers more accurate testing and solutions to your air quality problems. Call or message us with questions or to schedule an appointment. We are at your service.