Choosing the Best Indoor Air Quality Monitor
Why is it essential to monitor indoor air quality? It is mainly for the customer's health and satisfaction. Unclean air can lead to serious health problems such as irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and respiratory and heart disease. These are caused by radon, VOC (“Volatile organic compounds are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature”), CO2, humidity, temperature, pressure, mold, PM 2.5, and PM 10 (PM is the measurement in microns for the particle size). These are listed in the Air Quality index as ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, lead, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. So having an indoor air quality device will ensure you and your family can be healthy. And I’ll be analyzing three brands and giving examples to give you the needed information to choose a high-end indoor air quality monitor.
Brand 1-Airthings: Airthings produces monitors that detect radon, VOC, CO2, humidity, temperature, pressure, mold, and PM 1 and 2.5. It works 24/7, and works with Wi-FI, allowing you to use your device on your phone through the app. This lets you know about your indoor air quality without being at home. They have models such as the Wave, Wave Mini, Wave Plus, View Plus, and many other models that specialize in individual areas like pollution, radon, or CO2. The Wave trilogy contains the Wave or the House Kit, which is suitable for a customer who wants what is needed. It detects radon, (Total)VOC, mold risk, temperature, and humidity. However, it does not measure CO2, pressure, tilt, PM 2.5, and PM 1. The House Kit comes with three monitors, and is battery-operated, making them more portable. The next monitor, the Wave Mini: detects TVOC, mold, temperature, and humidity. However, it excludes radon, CO2, pressure, tilt, PM 2.5, and PM 1. This monitor is like a first-level monitor and does not monitor all the needed pollutants. In contrast, the Wave Plus detects radon, TVOC, CO2, temperature, humidity, and pressure. Unlike the other two models, the Plus monitors TVOC, CO2, and pressure. However, none of the Wave models monitor PM 2.5, 1, or 10, which are very important for your health because particles that may be big or very tiny may be entering your body, and you may not know it. But, the View Plus is a monitor that detects radon, TVOC, CO2, temperature, humidity, pressure, and PM 1 and 2.5. In closing, Airthings makes different types of indoor air quality monitors to best benefit its customers with a wide variety of products.
Brand 2-CPS: CPS meters use eight categories to test your home’s indoor air quality. It uses particular matter(PM 2.5 and 10), volatile organic compounds, CO2, temperature, relative humidity, and building pressure. These monitors are also Bluetooth, allowing you to use your phone to check your indoor air quality remotely and easily. One of their models is the IAQPRO SmartAir which monitors air quality in the area you place it. The monitor can “diagnose” your air and “…will automatically generate common, “Cause” & “Solution” options for each category that fails a test.” It also has a light bar that changes colors by the quality of the air. The colors work like: GREEN- if all the readings for PM2.5, PM10, VOCs, and CO2 fall within a “GOOD” range. YELLOW- if any one or more of the readings fall within a “SATISFACTORY” category, and none of the others exceed it. DARK YELLOW- if any one or more of the readings fall within a “MODERATE” category, and none of the others exceed it. ORANGE- if any one or more of the readings fall within a “POOR” category, and none of the others exceed it. RED- if any ONE of the readings falls within a “SEVERE” category. This color system makes it easy to assess your indoor air quality with a glance.
Brand 3-IQAir: IQAir monitors can detect PM (1, 2.5, and 10), CO2 AQI (air quality index), temperature, humidity, and pressure. Their indoor air quality monitor is called the AirVisual Pro. It is a smart monitor and can connect to Wi-Fi, and you can see all of your air quality data in real-time on your phone. Plus, you can set up alerts, so you can be aware anytime. It also gives you visuals on the monitor, making it easy to look at. And it is battery powered, plus has USB. This makes the AirVisual Pro a qualified and good monitor for any family and home.
In conclusion, many brands produce high-quality monitors to protect customers’ health, protecting from radon, VOC, CO2, humidity, temperature, pressure, mold, PM 2.5, and PM 1. Having a good indoor air quality meter helps you and your family stay safe because it is important to be aware of the particles and pollutants that you may not even be aware of. It is in our best interest to inform you and help you get the best equipment to help our customers achieve customer satisfaction.