How’s your IAQ? New tech lets you optimize

March 9, 2018

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In 2015, HEALTHfx did a study comparing employees’ cognitive function in offices that had good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)—meaning offices with high ventilation, low CO2, and low volatile organic compounds—and employees who worked in a conventional office environment. The study famously showed employees had a 101% improvement in cognitive function test scores in offices with good IAQ.


IAQ can be five times more polluted than outdoor air quality and has been linked to higher occurrences of allergies, headaches, and other health concerns. One study showed improving IAQ can increase revenue up to $15,500 per employee annually as well.


Improving IAQ is also vital for facilities wanting to conform to WELL, LEED, and RESET building health standards.


But how good is your IAQ, and what can you do to improve it?


Awair offers a new solution for facilities wanting to track their IAQ, called Omni. Featuring enterprise-grade sensors that track the key IAQ factors (temperature, humidity, CO2, volatile organic compounds, and fine dust), Omni provides insights to allow businesses to create healthy, productive environments for their employees and customers.


Omni’s dashboard provides analytics of air quality for individual rooms as well as for the building as a whole. Customizable alerts can be set up for when building conditions fall out of the desired air quality range, and data history can be accessed and exported—perfect for companies seeking LEED, WELL, or RESET certification.


Of course, Awair is just one company offering such IAQ solutions. TSI and Raeco are two other companies offering similar products. Thanks to the burgeoning awareness of the importance of IAQ, you can expect to be looking for an IAQ tracking solution in the near future.


For more information on how to improve your IAQ and for help in LEED, WELL, and RESET certification, contact Vanguard Resources.