Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are pollutants emitted as gases in the atmosphere. Its sources can be solid or liquid with short- and long-term adverse health effects. The most known VOCs are Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Toluene. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors than outdoors. The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that they are 2-5 times higher indoors and can stay in the air long after initial exposure. The measurement is the mass of a chemical per unit volume. In regards to the home, this unit is Cubic Meters (M3). This concentration measurement is given in ppb (part per billion). The World Health Organization provides guidelines regarding the different VOCs concentration with thresholds for households. Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be found in paints, glue, varnish, solvents, home and laundry cleaning products, DYI material, cleansers and disinfectants, repellents, air fresheners, scented candles, varnishes, cosmetic products, dry-cleaned clothing, furniture, etc. All of these products can release organic compounds while you are using them and while they are stored in a process known as off gassing. Some of the most common health effects of VOCs are dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, rashes, respiratory and throat irritation (nasal congestion, persistent cough), eye irritation, lethargy, fatigue and increased angina in persons with coronary heart disease. Some of them have been declared group 1 carcinogenic to humans, so they are as dangerous as asbestos or cigarette smoke.
- It tracks the smallest particles suspended in the air which are the source of allergies.
- It tracks chemicals in the air generated from our products, appliances and furniture.
- It helps us to set the humidity of the room to create a more comfortable living space for the whole family.
Foobot will take all the data that it gathers and transmit it in real time to our company. By utilizing Foobot we are able to measure our customer’s indoor air quality over an extended period of time (2 weeks) and create a plan that is customized to fit their unique needs based on the findings. The Foobot is also available for purchase through our company and will include on-site set up. Want to schedule your personalized indoor air quality assessment? Click here Learn more about FooBot: http://foobot.io/demo/