Why Indoor Air Quality is important?
People spend around 90% of their time indoors, and daily exposure to indoor air pollutants may occasionally be more than 10 times higher than outdoor pollutants. It is estimated, for instance, that up to 20% of the population suffers from asthma and other allergic diseases caused by substances typically present in indoor environments. In addition, indoor pollutants such as tobacco smoke, radon, asbestos and formaldehyde may substantially contribute to the increase of cancer incidents in the population. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 700,000 people per year die from poor breathing conditions. Clearly, IAQ has a significant impact on people’s comfort and health.
AND IAQ Device Mission..
Is to develop an ultrasensitive home-based IAQ sensing system that can detect adverse levels of pollution, predict and identify the pollution sources, and provide actionable suggestions to help people improve IAQ. Using this new system will enable users to correlate household tasks to pollution events and take action to reduce them. We believe this will lead to a behaviour change and positive action to reduce IAQ that affects their health.