ASHRAE reports that Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and 65 percent of that time is spent in their homes. Consequently, indoor air quality has a significant influence on human health and well-being with impact that can very bad for some. Why? Because when indoors, pollutant levels have been proven to be two to five times higher than outdoors, and in dire cases they can be over 100 times higher. (US Environmental Protection Agency)
Indoor pollutants can fall into 3 main categories:
Combustion By-Products are the flue gases and particles released by heating or cooking appliances that rely on combustion, as implied by their name. Carbon monoxide can be particularly dangerous because it is very poisonous for humans, despite being a colorless and odorless gas.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a very broad category of substances found in construction materials, cleaning products and personal care products, among other sources. A simple and effective way to control VOCs is getting familiarized with them, and avoiding any products that mention them in their label. Indoor plants are also effective VOC filters, removing them from the air while producing oxygen and pleasant odors!
Allergens and Asthma Triggers include humidity, dust, pollen, mites, pet dander and mold. The susceptibility to these compounds tends to vary by person. Reactions to allergen triggers may range from mild discomfort to severe respiratory ailments.
When multiple members of a family or company experience health issues simultaneously, IAQ issues are highly likely. This is especially true if symptoms worsen after the affected individuals have spent plenty of time indoors, but improve when they are away from the home or building.
Improvement to indoor air quality (IAQ) is increasingly in demand by home and building owners, challenging HVAC professionals to provide solutions. If this is the case with your customers, Jackson Systems can help with a solution: Meet Footbot, the Indoor Air Quality Monitor.
Footbot Indoor Air Quality Monitor has been designed to work with the heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. It monitors the air in a home and communicates to the HVAC system’s air cleaner or dehumidifier to clean it when it detects combustible gases, CO, VOCs or allergen-triggering particles.
When Foobot sees a danger from something as simple as of over-using room sprays which is a particulate matter and volatile compound to unacceptable levels of CO, the app responds by sending you a message with the data in red. Quality air readings are in blue. This way, you can immediately distinguish whether or not there is a problem that needs attention.
Foobot works with Alexa, Nest, Ecobee, Lux and IFTTT to provide automatic reactions to bad air readings. While you can manually deal with a lot of problems of bad air, the Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor has a full IFTTT channel so that it can trigger the home systems like air purifier or dehumidifier to come on based on readings. Using these automations can keep your air pure without having to do a thing. Even if you don’t have any suitable smart devices to use, it’s still handy to be know when your air is compromised so that you can open a window or turn on the HVAC fan to easily fix the problem.
To order Foobot, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/products/foobot-indoor-air-quality-monitor-works-alexa-nest-ecobee-lux-ifttt.html or call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663.
To learn more about allo f the ways to improve the air quality in homes and buildings, Foobot offers this ebook for download: https://foobot.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/How-to-Improve-Air-Quality-In-Homes-And-Officesebook.pdf