This essentially means that this unit monitors the quality of the air in households while allowing the user to visualise the pollution and harmful chemicals around them at a higher time resolution (<1 min) in order for them to make a conscious decision to improve it, in doing so, reducing the environmental risk. Pollutants monitored include Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Particulate Mater (PM 1.0, PM 2.5 and PM 4.0), Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), Formaldehyde, Humidity and Temperature.
The importance of air quality in the household is notable for many reasons and calls for an effective monitoring process. On average, people spend around 90% of their time indoors where the daily exposure of indoor pollutants are 10 times higher than outdoor concentrations. Younger children and older adults are greatly affected by this as they spend more time indoors. There is significant evidence that shows exposure to indoor air pollutions can irritate the lungs and aggravate asthma symptoms in children. It is estimated that 20% of the population suffers from respiratory diseases and other allergic diseases as a result of substances found in indoor environments.