5 keys to effective indoor air quality management

May 2023

Indoor air quality is a determining factor for people's health and well-being, and its importance has been highlighted in recent years, especially in the business environment.

Numerous studies have shown that poor indoor air quality can also negatively affect cognitive performance, decision making and, ultimately, business profitability. Therefore, having an air quality monitoring and management solution is essential for any business.

Here are the five essential keys to an effective indoor air quality (IAQ) system:

Continuous analysis:

Indoor air quality measurement should be a continuous process, not a one-time event. In contrast to spot measurement, which is taken at a specific time and may not be representative of the overall air quality, continuous monitoring allows changes to be detected in real time and immediate corrective action to be taken.

By collecting data on a regular basis, monitoring also allows for the detection of patterns and trends in air quality over time. This provides a better understanding of air quality problems and, therefore, can guide decision making for improvement.

In the same way, continuously measuring indoor air quality will also help us make adjustments to optimize our ventilation and air conditioning systems, which can lead to significant energy and maintenance cost savings.

2. Measuring sensors:

Monitoring devices include sensors that measure different air quality parameters within an enclosed space.

Most solutions on the market are limited to measuring a few basic parameters, whereas inBiot's MICA devices monitor a wide range of indoor parameters and pollutants, providing a more complete understanding of air quality. This also allows for further characterization of air quality and compliance with private building certifications such as WELL or RESET. such as WELL or RESET.

Specifically, MICA is capable of collecting data on up to twelve parameters: temperature, relative humidity,CO2 , volatile organic compounds, NO2 , formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ozone and suspended particles PM1, PM2.5, PM4 and PM10.

On the other hand, it should be noted that inexpensive commercial and home monitors are generally less accurate and informative than higher quality commercial sensors. MICA devices are equipped with state-of-the-art European sensors with self-calibration systems that ensure continuous and accurate measurement of indoor air quality.

3. Connectivity and digital control dashboard:

The Dashboard or digital control platform is essential for visualizing and analyzing indoor air quality data. The IAQ system must include a platform that collects sensor data in the cloud and converts it into useful information for facility managers and building users.

Our digital platform, My inBiot, is easy to use and provides detailed, visual information on the status and evolution of indoor air quality, enabling informed decisions on how to improve the air and energy efficiency of the building.

It has advanced functionalities such as personalized recommendations, alert creation and smart reporting, with a cloud infrastructure that provides total control and security of the information.

In addition, My inBiot allows you to generate and export performance reports in formats acceptable to building standards, facilitating the achievement of certifications such as WELL and RESET Air.

Not all IAQ devices can connect to an online dashboard, so when choosing, it is important to ensure that it has internet connectivity and is compatible with digital platforms. MICA monitors offer different cloud connectivity options to suit the needs of each project and building. The devices can be connected via WiFi, GSM or LoRaWAN, allowing data monitoring and analysis on the My inBiot platform or on third-party platforms thanks to integration with the public API.

4. Integration with HVAC systems:

To maximize its effectiveness, an effective IAQ system must be able to integrate with existing building management systems. This allows the control system to automatically adjust the HVAC systems according to the actual air quality needs at any given time.

This will not only improve indoor conditions, but also reduce energy consumption. Regulating HVAC systems according to air quality can lead to a reduction of up to 21%. up to 21% in energy costs. in energy costs.

Through Modbus RTU (RS485), Modbus TCP (wireless), API and MQTT communication protocols, MICA devices can be integrated with BMS (Building Management System) systems for regulating HVAC systems. In this way, it is possible to automate the operation of the equipment to achieve significant energy savings while guaranteeing optimum air quality levels at all times.

5. Information sharing:

A great advantage of air quality monitoring is that it allows companies to assure their staff, customers and visitors that they are breathing clean air and that the company is taking care of their health and well-being. Therefore, it is important to choose an IAQ system that allows for easy sharing of information.

The My inBiot digital platform offers multiple options to publicly display monitored data in real time, either through screens, certificates or QR codes. In this way, companies can show their commitment to providing a healthy space, increasing both the satisfaction of their workforce and the reputation of the business.

In short, when investing in indoor air quality, it is important to take into account these 5 key criteria for an effective management that will help us to ensure the highest levels of health, comfort, productivity and profitability in our company. And inBiot 's solution is an excellent option for this,contact us to find out more!

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