The increase in air pollution and related diseases has led to a steady increase in the purchase of air quality measuring devices and air purifiers in the past decade. An indoor air quality meter is a device that is used in confined spaces such as houses and offices for numerous reasons. Some of the reasons include prevention of mould on walls and in leather items of clothing, monitoring of carbon dioxide levels in that space, and detection of gas leaks. These devices provide a wide variety of ranges in the type of devices such as portable or fixed, handheld or wall-mounted. But the main purpose of any air quality meter or monitoring equipment is to ensure the health and safety of the people that make use of the environment in which it is being used.
Why do we need an air quality meter?
Air quality detection meters are essential because they provide the data required for mapping out the air quality index in real-time.
This air pollution data is integrated with local traffic data, to help in the development of rules and regulations on the traffic so that the air quality index doesn’t pass dangerous levels. It has been scientifically proven that long exposure to pollutants can reduce the ability of the brain and lungs to work optimally, and cause several diseases in children and pregnant women. Any AQI values measured by air quality meter, below 100 are considered breathable and satisfactory. But if the AQI values are above 100, the air quality is considered to be unhealthy and compromised for sensitive groups of people that include young children, and senior citizens. But as the AQI proceeds to get worse, it becomes unbearable for any healthy human being leading to breathing difficulties, wheezing, palpitations, severe fatigue, rashes, redness of the eyes, coughing, and chest pain. It can also aggravate asthma and chronic bronchitis and has been linked to cardiac arrhythmia and heart attacks in people who are more prone to a low immunity against such diseases.
Some of the pollutants which cause bad air quality and are detected by an air quality device are nitrogen oxides, ground-level ozone, particle pollution, and sulphur oxides. Many companies nowadays, present purifiers or meters that can detect even the finest particulate matter that is known as PM 2.5. Not only it is a concern for people’s health but also reduces visibility causes smog and fog in cold weather conditions when its level is high in the air.