Some believe staying at home is healthier than going out in big polluted city, but that is not always true. Indoors air may be as damaging due to quality degradation caused by harmful chemicals 10 times more dangerous. This is because contained areas enable potential pollutants such as carbon monoxide and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) grow more and faster compared with open spaces.
VCO is a gas that is generated by many indoor resources and its concentrations is much higher in indoor air than outdoors. This gas includes a variety of chemicals that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, breath shortness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and skin problems. In more serious situations lung irritation, as well as liver and kidney damage, or dysfunction in central nervous system is expected.
Some VOCs are suspected to cause human cancer. Health effects of VOC depends on its concentration and length of exposure to the chemicals.
Indoors dust and air pollutants are often generated from sources such as environmental tobacco smoke, building materials, furniture, cleaning and hygiene products, and air fresheners, or some electrical devices such as computers, printers, and a number of household chores such as cooking, etc. Humans themselves can be a source of generation as well.
On the other hand, indoor temperature and humidity play a big role in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) known as cot death, infant skin problems, influenza, and mold growing.
Overheating a room may increase health risk in 1-12 month babies. Many experts recommend that the suitable temperature for baby’s room is something between 68–72°F (20–22°C).
High humidity is not health either. It may lead to a runny nose and create favorable conditions for development of fungus or dust mites, which in turn results in allergies. Doctors recommend keeping the humidity level in baby’s room somewhere between 50-70%.
Moreover, some studies assert that influenza virus is most stable in cool, dry temperatures and that the coating of a flu virus becomes tougher at temperatures close to freezing, making them more active, more resilient, and easier to transmit in the winter. But cold is not the only reason causing illness; sudden change in temperature also may weaken human ability to fight off illness.
Another problem is mold: a type of fungus that can cause damage to health and belongings, resulting in allergies, asthma, and other respiratory disorders. Some people are allergic to mold, but mold can irritate the eyes, skin, and lungs regardless of allergies.
Mold can also damage furniture and other household items. The real challenge is that it can “hide” inside walls and under carpets. Mold requires four things to grow: mold spores, mold food, the right temperature, and moisture. Mold spores are everywhere inside home and outdoor environment, and it can eat anything, so it is not practical to eliminate spores or mold food.
Mold grows well within the same temperature range that makes us feel comfortable – about 60-80°F (16-27°C) degrees. When warm, moist air comes into contact with cold surfaces and creates condensation (cooler air can’t hold as much moisture). This condensation may provide the ideal conditions for mold growth. Because it is almost impossible to control mold through temperature alone, humidity monitoring and control is critical as well.
Regarding mold concern, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an indoor humidity level no higher than 50%. This can be accomplished through the use of a dehumidifier or air conditioner.
There are many technologies to monitor temperature and humidity and they give buzzer alerts if humidity or temperature reaches a certain level. Many sensors available in market are products of this technology.
There are some more advanced sensors which additionally monitor carbon monoxide or VOCs in air.
These sensors can be stand-alone devices, or part of an automation system that are more advanced. They have the capability of sending messages alerting user about mold growth or high temperature or giving daily reading information.
On the other hand, IOT products mainly focus on remote controls, security, lighting and dimming. Other smart home systems might even go further to cover air conditioning control with energy saving policies. Health care is somehow neglected in most of automation systems.
But is there a technology that could cover all of the previously mentioned factors? Is there one single device that can take the right action to protect home from air pollution and maintain temperature, humidity, and air quality level at the right spot?
TIS smart home company proudly has made this possible. Its functional and nicely designed ceiling sensor called Health Sensor includes carbon monoxide and VOC sensor, temperature and humidity sensor, together with motion sensor, lights harvest, microphone, 2 digital inputs and 32 lines of logic and timers. This smart solution with its 32 programmable lines of logic is here to incorporate each and every important health factor to bring a healthy and peaceful life for you.
Here are a number of this device’s significant features:
- 1 – It maintains room temperature and humidity at a healthy level to prevent mold growth on walls while you are away. Besides, it sends warnings via messages in TIS mobile application.
- 2 – It turns on fresh air and axis fan if VOC or Carbon Monoxide level in room gets high and also gives you alerts if dangerous pollution level is detected.
- 3 – It makes sure that baby room is not overheated. It maintains temperature in its recommended level and this way prevents the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- 4 – It keeps baby room humidity at its perfect level of 40-50% to avoid infant skin problems.
- 5 – It notifies you if there is a sudden change in room temperature to avoid flu. Too much low temperature is also alerted.
- 6 – By its Microphone technology, it can be enabled at any time to act as a baby monitor or senior parents alerting system. This means if baby cries or parents call, the sensor will make sure to inform you about that by sending messages to your bedroom and living room Luna wall panel. It sends you warning in your mobile application.
- 7 – It has 2 digital inputs that can be linked to emergency Nurse Call button next to bed or to bed-wetting alarm sensor.
- 8 – This device also is configurable with PIR Motion sensor which enables “lights on” in case baby moves and cries in darkness. Additionally, it activates energy saving mode if room was not occupied for more than 10 hours.
We are honored to be among the pioneers in presenting health care products. We believe our costumers deserve the best and we are lucky to enrich their lives with smart products that keep them safer and healthier.