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July 2023: Office Air Quality Insights


Every month, we diligently monitor indoor air quality using data from air quality devices. This is crucial because air pollutants and climate changes pose increasing health risks for office workers. The results show that 80% to 100% of parameters were in the green zone in July: Thanks, in part, to our indoor plants, which contribute to local ventilation practices. 😉 🌿 Let's dive deeper into what insights into the indoor air quality July brought us.


Which indoor air parameters are being measured?

  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)

  • PM2.5 (Particulate Matter 2.5 micrometers or smaller)

  • CO (Carbon Monoxide)

  • O3 (Ozone)

  • Temperature

  • TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds)

  • NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide)

Summary


We've been keeping a close eye on the air quality, and it's looking promising! We found that a whopping 80% to 100% of the time, the air met all the recommended standards for CO2, PM2.5, CO, and O3. That's a big win for everyone's health and productivity.

But, of course, there's always room for improvement. We noticed that sometimes the temperature, TVOC, and NO2 levels went above the ideal limits. But we keep a close eye on the upcoming autumn months for those indoor quality parameters and make sure they get some extra attention from our head of Research!




What air quality patterns is Erfan observing in July?

Notably, pollutants such as Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Ozone (O3) consistently remained within the standard limits throughout almost the entire August, registering a commendable 100% compliance with the recommended thresholds, indicated by a "Green" status. However, the data shows areas of concern, particularly related to temperature, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels.


Temperature fluctuations have occasionally exceeded the standard recommendations, with instances where the levels temporarily entered the critical or unfavorable zones.

Approximately 15% of the time, the temperature surpassed the desired range, prompting a need for closer attention and potential adjustments to climate control measures especially during the hot season.


Furthermore, TVOC concentrations showed a less favorable performance, with around 20% of the monitoring period indicating elevated levels beyond the recommended limits.

Similarly, NO2 levels posed a challenge, with 18% of the time exceeding the standard thresholds, signifying an area that requires targeted interventions to enhance air quality.


While a significant portion of the monitored duration showcased positive outcomes regarding indoor air quality, there remain specific aspects, namely temperature, TVOC, and NO2 levels, that demand focused strategies (such as optimal ventilation practices and source control) to achieve optimal conditions consistently. As we track the evolution of this situation over the upcoming months, it remains vital to address these challenges to ensure a consistently healthy and comfortable indoor environment for all occupants.


 

The article was brought to you by Dr. Erfan Haghighi, Head of R&PD


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