Poor indoor air quality is associated with various short-term health effects, including headaches, dizziness, eye irritation and throat irritation, as well as long-term health complications like heart disease, respiratory diseases and cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
With the average American spending approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, maintaining indoor air quality is an important health concern in all American households, and more so for those with very young children or seniors who are more susceptible to the effects of pollution. As a homeowner, you must constantly take action to get rid of indoor air pollutants like smoke, chemicals, particulates and varnishes, even though you may not see them with the naked eye. Luckily, there are various smart technologies that have been designed to do just that.
Smart air conditioning systems
Smart air conditioners typically use internet and Wi-Fi technology to allow you to control your air conditioning in a variety of ways – whether you’re at home or not. Smart air conditioners are usually mounted to walls and windows and can be operated remotely using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Some smart air conditioners can also be connected to smart home assistants such as Google Home or Alexa for easy voice control. Just like in traditional air conditioners, air filters size measurements vary, and in a smart air conditioning system, this matters a lot. You must ensure that you have an appropriately sized air filter, or else you risk putting a strain on your air conditioning system and pumping dirty air back into your home.
There are a lot of things that people can do to improve indoor air quality, but without the relevant data, most remain in the dark about potential dangers in their homes and end up not taking these actions. This is where smart sensors come in: different sensors can provide alerts when pollutant levels become too high inside, allowing the homeowner to take the appropriate action before they start causing adverse health effects.
One of the smart sensors that have become a must-have in every home is the carbon monoxide monitor. Since the poisonous gas is colorless and odorless, the only way to know when you have it in your home is by installing smart carbon monoxide sensors, especially in the kitchen. Once carbon monoxide is detected in your home, the smart sensors can send alerts to your phone or sound an alarm, allowing you to open your windows to get rid of it.
Smart air purification systems
Air purifiers are handy devices that remove harmful airborne particles like pollen, pet dander, bacteria, viruses, mold and volatile organic compounds. They take in dirty air, filter out the harmful particles, and then pump clean air back into the room. While traditional air purifiers can help keep your home pollutant-free, they often require manual operation and don’t tell you which impurities have infiltrated your home.
Smart air purifiers, on the other hand, have sensors that constantly monitor and measure airborne particles and deliver that information to you in real-time via an app, allowing you to take the appropriate actions immediately. They also have automatic air filtering capabilities, which allow them to adjust themselves appropriately to keep your home free of contaminants.
Maintaining good air quality is one of your most important roles as a homeowner. By using these smart technologies to keep your home contaminant-free, you’ll be creating a comfortable indoor environment and, more importantly, protecting the health of your family.