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Outdoor Air Quality, Indoor Air Quality - What's the Connection?

Julie Ach
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At BreezoMeter, providing accurate, real-time, location-based outdoor air quality data is what we do. We collect layers of different data that all affect air quality, including weather and traffic, process it hourly, and provide this data via API for companies and municipalities to integrate into their own products and technologies. All of this with the goal to democratize air quality data, and help people reduce their exposure to the harmful effects of poor air quality.

Many of the companies with whom we work, however, like Dyson, Eureka Forbes, etc., are actually concerned with improving the quality of indoor air quality, since we spend a large percentage of our time indoors. According to the EPA, on average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. We need to make sure that what we breathe inside is clean and safe for our health and that of our families. So what is BreezoMeter's connection? 

Indoor - Outdoor Air Quality Connection

How does BreezoMeter help these companies achieve their goals and boost their bottom line if we're providing outdoor air quality data in real-time, with forecasting features (and more!), but they are concerned with indoor air quality?

It turns out there's a really strong connection between the air we breathe outside and that which we breathe inside. Indoor air quality can actually be 2 to 5 times worse than that which is outside. Indoor air quality is affected by many things, including what products we have in our home and what products were used to build our home, what kind of vacuum cleaner we use and how often we use it, moisture in the home that can cause mold, smoking indoors, using fireplaces to stay warm, and volatile organic compounds (VOC's) or fragrances in our home, just to name a few.

With news of poor air quality outside and invisible air pollution indoors and out, how do people know when they should open the windows to let fresh air inside? Should they close the windows to keep the outdoor air pollution out, and turn on the air purifier they purchased to improve their family's health?

One of the goals of air filtration and purification companies is to not just sell their products, but to make sure that their products are used correctly. By providing their users with location-based ambient air quality information in real-time, they help ensure proper usage of their products.

As a rule of thumb, if outdoor air quality is good and the weather permits, it's a great opportunity to ventilate indoor spaces, and move the air around. Good air quality outside will improve the indoor air with proper ventilation. But if the air quality outside is not good, then it's probably time to turn on the air purifier and close up the windows. HVAC companies use BreezoMeter's data to show the invisible outdoor air pollution situation to their users, to keep them better informed.

NEW! - IAQA Membership

BreezoMeter is proud to announce its new membership to the Indoor Air Quality Association, as it demonstrates our commitment to helping millions of people worldwide reduce their exposure to airborne pollutants, indoors and outside.

The IAQA focuses on engaging and educating industry professionals and the general public about indoor air quality.

The 2018 IAQA annual meeting will coincide with the AHR Expo in Chicago, January 22-24. Join BreezoMeter at AHR for our first time participating!

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