Posted by Tech-Planet on 28th May 2021

Do you know what's in the air you breathe?

Do you know what's in the air you breathe?

We spend the vast majority of our lives inside, be it at home or at work, and as a result we are exposing ourselves to increased exposure to naturally occurring toxins, such as Radon gas, carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds, or VOC's for short, that exist within our environment.

These toxins are 2-5 times more concentrated inside our homes and workplaces with exposure contributing to numerous health related issues, including fatigue, headaches and allergies. Longer term exposure can result in breathing issues and has been linked to lung cancer.

What is Radon?

Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless radioactive gas formed by radioactive decay of tiny amounts of naturally occurring uranium found in rocks and soil. It can be found in every home and building with levels fluctuating throughout the day. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and kills more than 6 times the number of people than home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined.

What is Carbon Dioxide?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a colourless naturally occurring gas with a faint odour and sour taste.

High levels of CO2 have been linked to sweating, restlessness, drowsiness, increased blood pressure and headaches.

What are VOC's?

Volatile Organic Compounds are chemical compounds, found in everyday products (such as cleaning chemicals, cooking fumes, etc.), that evaporate into the air. Short-term exposure can trigger health problems such as headaches, skin irritation, coughing with longer term exposure contributing to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

What is humidity?

Humidity is the concentration of water vapor in the air. High levels can encourage dust mites and mould and lead to allergies and respiratory problems, like asthma. Low levels can cause dry eyes and skin and eczema.

What can we do to understand our exposure?

We can't fully eliminate these toxins, but we can reduce our exposure through improved ventilation and the use of air purifiers, humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Monitoring the quality of air in our homes and workplaces is therefore a vital step to understanding our exposure and enabling us to mitigate the potential ill effects.

Airthings is the market leader in smart indoor air quality monitoring, helping individuals and business owners manage the health of their homes and businesses through the monitoring of radon gas, mould, humidity, VOC’s, CO2, temperature and pressure. 

All Airthings devices are simple to set up - remove the battery tab, download the Airthings app (available from the Apple Store and Google Play) and use Bluetooth to search for and connect to devices.  The simple app dashboard uses a traffic light colour scheme to advise on exposure risk. Multiple devices can be connected for those with larger homes or business premises.

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