Environmental researchers have linked a lack of adequate ventilation in indoor environments with an increased risk of airborne particle transmission of dust and viruses, including COVID-19. As people cough or sneeze, remnants of the respiratory droplets can stay suspended in the air and over time, become concentrated, increasing the risk of infection.
Risk assessment has been identified as a necessary step in opening buildings and workplaces and following a structured risk assessment model is an important component for a safe return.According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), carbon dioxide levels are a proven indicator of air ventilation. Humidity levels also play a key role in limiting exposure to the virus, with research suggesting that keeping humidity levels between 40 and 60 per cent reduces virus transmission. Real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide and humidity levels will help building owners demonstrate their commitment to alleviating potential health concerns amongst building tenants and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Accurate, real-time sensors provide the most up-to-date data and facilitates quick, evidence-based decisions based on key indoor air quality metrics including:
Historical data enables tracking trends and allows for automated reporting for compliance and reliable long-term planning.