Best Practices to Reduce Airborne Virus Transmission in Indoor Spaces

How can you fix your indoor air quality

It’s been just over a year since the world as we know it turned upside down. Enduring a global pandemic taught us some hard lessons but it has also brought the importance of indoor air quality to the forefront.

Did you know?

1. We breathe in 18Kg of air per day. In comparison, we consume 1.3Kg of food & 1.2Kg of water per day.
2. The average person spends 90% of their time indoors.
3. 60% of homes have poor air quality that cause or aggravate respiratory problems.
4. 50% of homes show signs of moisture, dust and mold.

Air Quality Facts

Contributing factors to poor indoor air quality

Chemicals. Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from new paint, flooring, and other furnishings can cause several health problems, like nausea, fatigue, and allergies.

Ventilation. Insufficient ventilation can trap the polluted air indoors, which can lead to bacteria, pollen, and dust buildup. It’s important to introduce fresh air into your home by opening your windows and doors as well as taking advantage of your exhaust fans. Today’s homes and buildings are built with a tight envelope reducing the potential for outside pollutants to enter the home. Without proper airflow in the home, moisture, dust and mold are key deciders in contributing to stale indoor air quality.

Humidity Levels. Keeping humidity at an optimal level is key to clean air. Too much humidity can create a breeding ground for mold and dust mites.

When air cleaners, filtration and ventilation devices are used correctly, they can be part of a plan to help reduce airborne transmission of germs, bacteria, coronavirus and other types of viruses in indoor spaces

Best practices to improve indoor air quality

• Install a recovery ventilator (Learn more about recovery ventilation systems from our friends at Panasonic)
• Install a whole house air purifier
• Keep your HVAC filters clean
• Clean your ducts
• Control humidity in your home
• Keep bathroom exhaust fans clean
• Improve kitchen ventilation
• Open your windows

Tips on how to improve indoor air quality

How can Swidget help?

With the emergence of COVID-19 and the affiliated risks with sharing confined spaces, the importance of ventilation and airflow have never been greater. Thus, we developed our state-of-the-art Air Quality sensor that looks at VOCs in relation to human respiration.

Swidget’s Air Quality Sensor measures temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and total volatile organic compounds which are used to calculate air quality and CO2 levels. It fits discreetly within a Swidget Outlet or Switch, can be moved around the house, and does not require a professional to install. Coupled with our Auxiliary Control or 20-40-60 Control Switch, it plays a key role working with your home’s ERV/HRV ventilation eco-system to bring in fresh outdoor air when needed. Information such as air quality, temperature, humidity, and occupancy/vacancy can be communicated from the various areas of your home wirelessly back to your ventilation system so that it operates when you need it, on-demand based on real-time data. Through the Swidget app, notifications can be set to let you know when your air quality is degrading.

Indoor air quality is the single largest defining feature in our built environments. It often takes issues like asthma, allergies, smoke, and viruses (such as COVID-19) for us to prioritize indoor air quality. Here at Swidget, we are dedicated to providing you with a suite of products designed to make your living space a place where you and your family thrive.

To learn more about our Indoor Air Quality solutions, schedule a virtual demonstration with our product experts today.

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