In offices and schools, irritating noise can come from all kinds of sources: air conditioning, ringing phones, traffic, nearby construction and – most especially – from other people’s conversations. Ambient noise can make it hard for employees and school children to concentrate and get things done. Productivity can plummet Noise can affect the health and productivity of your workspace. Based on a study by Cornell University, increased illness and lower job satisfaction are associated with the negative impact of noise. Although background noise can drown out distractions, too much noise can cause stress and undermine short term memory, reading comprehension, and willingness to help or engage with others.
Ever noticed a yellow smog or wildfire haze? That dirty, smoky air is made of particle pollution. Overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution – especially the smallest particles – can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and asthma attacks and can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs.
The smells we associate with newness and cleanliness — a fresh coat of paint, a new carpet, lemon-scented disinfectant — are not as harmless as they may seem. These odors are caused by the release of gases called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many common building materials and household products.
Crowded classrooms, meetings in closed door conference rooms, working from your makeshift WFH office with poor ventilation - all of these scenarios can cause high CO2 and significant decreases in cognition and productivity.What is carbon dioxide?Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas that is measured in parts per million (ppm). A by-product of our metabolic process – we add CO2 into the air every time we exhale – it’s often used as an indicator of adequate building ventilation.
Controlling the humidity levels of your building keeps employees healthier and more comfortable as well as extending the life of your building.What is humidity?Humidity is, simply, moisture in the air – typically in the form of water vapor. Humidity is always present in our air, and while we usually associate it with outdoor weather, humidity indoors plays an important role in overall comfort.
The holidays are filled with lots of fun activities from shopping in well-decorated stores to attending corporate parties. With increased awareness on staying safe while indoors, we want to help reduce your exposure to airborne infections and pollutants. We realize there may be work events that you want to attend or people that you need to shop for, but there are a few simple ways to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) so you can celebrate accordingly.
Office temperature is one of the most contentious issues in the workplace environment. When some employees are feeling the heat, others shiver, but either way productivity and collaboration decline.
It’s no secret that every market is looking to understand their indoor air quality (IAQ) better. Tenants are pushing landlords to improve IAQ because they know it impacts the health, safety, and overall comfort of their employees. Meanwhile, building owners want to offer office features, such as air quality monitoring, to minimize any risk of spreading COVID-19.
After several months of offices reopening and schools underway, we are seeing a shift towards indoor air quality monitoring. Facility managers want their buildings to be greener and smarter. Employers, similarly, want their workers to feel safe and comfortable. With a strong emphasis being placed on stopping the COVID-19 spread, it’s no wonder that companies are paying closer attention to ventilation and how this process relates to worker health.
Did you know that Awair’s indoor air quality (IAQ) monitors use state-of-the-art technology to measure air quality factors that impact your overall health and well-being? By paying attention to your IAQ, you can reduce allergy symptoms, improve your sleep quality, and feel better anywhere you spend time indoors. When air quality factors are collectively measured together, an Awair Score appears on the app ranging from 0 to 100. Zero represents poor air quality and 100 indicates healthy air quality.
As many students, teachers, and administrators return to in-person learning this fall, there are mixed feelings about health and safety. School districts have come under heat time and time again for building issues, particularly in underfunded communities. For instance, a 2020 report from the United States Government Accountability Office found that “one-third of public schools were estimated to have inadequate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.” Since COVID-19 spreads most rapidly in poorly ventilated areas, there is urgency amongst school leaders to improve indoor air quality and, therefore, reduce the spread of lingering airborne viruses.
If you haven’t heard the latest news, PlanetWatch’s Ask Me Anything Session on September 1 introduced Awair Element as a newly approved Type 4 sensor for indoor air quality monitoring. PlanetWatch is a company that incentivizes environmental monitoring so residents can deploy and manage sensors in a fast and cost-effective way.