How to improve the health and wellbeing of building occupants indoors.

New PM2.5 & PM10 Sensing with the GS-PM and GS-IAQ Ranges

It is proven that particulate matter such as PM2.5 and PM10 particles can have major health impacts to us all when breathed in over a long term. We all know that pollution from things like road traffic and industry can reduce our overall air quality and have seen in recent years that there are links between quality and poor air.

Monitoring particulate matter

For ease of use and indication to building occupants there is a colour LCD display showing the stages from green to red of worsening conditions.

Offices - Air purifying and ventilation to reduce fatique and tiredness, resulting in higher productivity and better business results.

Schools- Filtering viruses and harmful matter to enhance health and wellbeing of pupils, resulting in higher scores and attendance in classes.

Hospitals- Adjusting temperature and filtering viruses and antibiotic resistant mutated genes as air pollution, resulting in a cycle break of secondary infections resulting in higher recovery numbers of patients.

Public Buildings- Real time measurements of hazarous gases and filtering of harmful air polutants to avoid mass outbreaks of illnesses.

Transport- Highest air pollution levels for commuters entering and exiting of vehicles might effect breathing and conciousness level, monitoring those pollutions results in more trust and human wellbeing.

The human body can be negatively affected by fine dust unseen by the human eye

The fine dust partices enter the nose, mouth and throat to cause breathing dfficulties. Those particles can even penetrate deep into the lungs, can cause lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Fine dust particles in proportion

PM10+ Image 10+ μm diameter [Blocked by nose]
PM5.0 Image 2.5 to 10 μm diameter [Blocked in mouth and throat]
PM2.5 Image 2.5 μm diameter [Can penetrate deep into the lungs, causing lung and cardiovascular diseases]


Where do indoor PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants come from?

Our indoor air quality can be impacted by many things. From outdoor air pollution coming in, to our activities indoors. Things like, cooking, cleaning, or even burning a candle can create particulate matter.

How can you improve indoor air quality and reduce particulate matter?

There are many ways that you can improve your air quality, and this is where monitoring levels can really help!

If your indoor air quality is poor and you know your outdoor air quality is good, the simple way to improve air quality would be to introduce fresh air from outside. However, if the air quality outside is not good, you would not want to introduce more particulate matter into the indoor environment. You could then look at processes such as filtering and cleaning the air using many devices or systems available.

The most effective filter against particulate matter is HEPA. You can also help to improve or prevent poor indoor air quality by paying attention to things like cleanliness, activities and products being used that emit particulate matter. Things like vacuuming regularly, using safer cleaning products, not smoking or removing coats or clothing worn when smoking outside can all have an impact in levels.

How can we reduce overall particulate matter?

This is down to us and the way we live our lives. We can all make small changes in things that we do that when multiplied amongst all of us can help to make a big difference.

The Building Controls industry has a great opportunity to be part of the difference. Take a look at the BCIA “One Small Change” campaign to see how we can all play our part here.

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