Did you know that air filters were originally put in air handling systems to protect the life of the equipment, not human life? And that it is not uncommon for air filters to get changed less frequently to save on maintenance costs? Monitoring input from sensors can tell operators when filters and media need changing.
We have required food labels that list all ingredients. Why not electronic ‘labels’ that display airborne contaminants and their quantity? And offer electronic or audible alerts that air quality is bad? The food people eat powerfully affects their well-being as does the water they drink and the air they breathe.
On average we breathe 1200 times an hour, 20 times a minute. It makes sense to use sensors to monitor the quality of the air that we take into our bodies. Why not integrate real-time IAQ sensors to monitor air while using reactive or passive air cleaning filters and equipment to create high quality indoor air? Indoor air can be made much cleaner than ventilation air from outdoors. At a minimum, sensors indicate when replacement of filters and media is needed to maintain a healthy environment.
Reducing illness caused by airborne contaminants could save billions by having workers use fewer sick days and healthcare services. With cleaner air to breathe at work, building occupants are more alert and productive. A one percent improvement in productivity is worth 20 times the possible energy savings.
Current air cleaning systems save energy, improve productivity and increase building value. It is time for a change.