Did you know we spend more than 90% of our time indoors?
Add to this the fact that indoor concentrations of pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations, then indoor air quality (IAQ) should be an important consideration for your building (if it isn’t already)!
Explore how IAQ monitoring can specifically help you below:
Scenario 1: Maintain a healthy and productive workforce with optimized air quality
Maintaining a healthy and productive workforce continues to be a challenge for many organizations. And unfortunately, poor IAQ in your building could be leading to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) symptoms in your employees, including headaches, drowsiness and loss of concentration.
If you’re not dealing with this effectively, this could lead to a greater impact on your organization later down the line with issues such as poor employee wellbeing, declining productivity rates, workforce absenteeism, declining retention rates, and more.
We install IAQ sensors to monitor key factors including temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide (CO2), total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) and particulate matter (PM2.5). Our platform shows what these values should be, and how the current values could be impacting your employees, so you can make more informed decisions about your building.
Whether it’s abnormally high levels of CO2 restricting the cognitive function of employees or unsuitable temperatures causing high levels of discomfort.
Using real-time IAQ data, our smart alerts can notify you when IAQ factors deviate from their optimal zone so that steps can be taken to maintain a healthy indoor environment at all times.
Scenario 2: Communicate your air quality with employees and help them choose where to work
Whilst ensuring a safe level of air quality in your building is obviously the priority, another challenge when it comes to IAQ is knowing the right level of information and data to share with employees. How much do you share with them? And what do you want them to do with that information?
Using digital signage, you can start to communicate chosen indoor air quality parameters with your employees to help increase transparency and help inform decisions. For example, if CO2 levels are particularly high in a meeting room or noise levels in a certain space are too high, you could present this information to help them make smarter decisions about where to work and improve their workplace experience.
Scenario 3: Monitor IAQ to understand inefficiencies in your BMS or HVAC systems
Lots of organizations are constantly bombarded with ‘too hold’ and ‘too cold’ complaints, even though their BMS says everything is fine and that room temperature is set to the desired temperature.
Using our IAQ sensors and our platform, we can help you to uncover hot or cold spots, where the actual room temperature is different from the expected temperature or what the BMS sensors are stating. This insight may then highlight a number of problems such as insufficient ventilation in your building, as well as problems with your BMS sensor readings.
Our solution in action: the Met Office
By installing sensors in the Met Office HQ, we not only helped to optimize IAQ and create a healthy and productive environment but also discovered inefficiencies in their systems.
They were getting complaints from employees about the space being too cold, but the BMS showed the temperature as 21℃. Evidence from the Metrikus platform showed that the temperature was actually 18.5℃, and the facilities team was able to see that the BMS sensors weren’t calibrated correctly and resolve the issue promptly. Our platform also picked up a cold spot that revealed a bigger design fault in the vents underneath the building that needed to be rectified.
“The Metrikus platform has given us the knowledge we need to ask the right questions, find any problems, and discover the solutions. It is a powerful visual tool that allows you to become an intelligent customer. We have become genuinely interested in the quality of our indoor air.”
- Ralph James, FM & Technical Services Manager at the Met Office