How to measure indoor air quality?

Indoor air is generally much more polluted than outdoor air. The materials with which buildings are constructed or work is carried out may be involved, as well as our indoor living habits, including our workplace.

In order to gradually eliminate these sources of indoor pollution, it is necessary to identify them, and therefore to regularly measure indoor air quality. What solutions should be put in place to measure indoor air quality?

Call an indoor air quality expert

While it is possible to perform an indoor air quality test of your building by yourself using kits designed for individuals, it is nevertheless recommended that you call on a professional, who will provide you with advice adapted to the situation of your indoor environment.

There are various companies whose main expertise is analyzing the indoor air quality of professional establishments. Thanks to specific equipment, they take samples from your premises and provide you with a reliable result. Different devices are used depending on the type of pollutants that we are trying to identify (formaldehydes, fine particles etc…).

This service of indoor pollution measurement is called IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) diagnosis. It consists in obtaining the measurement of the indoor pollution concentration of an enclosed area. Its purpose is to identify the pollutants present in the residence as well as their sources. A report on their impact on health can also be delivered to you.

Sensors are then placed in your rooms for about a week in order to measure the quality of ambient air. At the end of the service, you will receive personalized advice on how to clean up your indoor environments as much as possible.

By January 1, 2023, all establishments open to the public will be required to carry out an indoor air quality diagnosis. This obligation is part of the ENE law (National Commitment for the Environment) and already concerns elementary schools since 2018 and recreational centers and high schools since 2020. As far as private housing is concerned, the legal framework should become clearer in the coming years.

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Equipping you with a connected solution measuring indoor air quality

Connected objects are becoming more and more an integral part of building operations. They make it possible to empower air quality measurement and help owners to achieve energy savings and thus improve their energy performance.

To improve indoor air quality, connected objects can be of great help. Of course, they are not a substitute for an efficient ventilation system or good air conditioning. Nor do they erase the impact of some bad habits on the building occupants, but they can really help them to maintain a good level of indoor air quality while saving them time.

Connected objects are able to detect pollutants that are harmful to health. Sensors are placed at strategic locations in the room or commercial building to measure the quantity of pollutants present in the residence. The data on each type of pollutant is then synthesized into a single report, which tells you a rate of abnormality, or that the air quality of your interior is good.

Most of these technologies are equipped with an interface for the customer, allowing him to access daily data related to the diagnosis of indoor air quality from anywhere, from his smartphone. Depending on the need, they can focus on a single type of pollutant (e.g. cov: volatile organic compounds, or particulate pollution). They allow to set up a solution to fight indoor pollution and improve air quality without any renovation work.