by Brianna Crandall — February 2, 2022 — Airthings, the Oslo, Norway-based provider of award-winning indoor air quality solutions for consumers, businesses and IAQ professionals, recently announced a new product addition to its portfolio: View CO₂ for Business. The battery-operated wireless sensor will empower schools and offices to take charge of their air quality by warning them when carbon dioxide (CO₂) exceeds recommended levels and indoor air quality (IAQ) deteriorates.
View CO₂ for Business combines easily with the rest of the products in the Airthings for Business solution, which lets you monitor, visualize, and control your indoor air quality remotely to ensure a safe and healthy environment.
High CO₂ levels can increase the risk of airborne virus transmission and cause lower productivity, drowsiness, headaches, and loss of concentration, points out Airthings. Since our bodies expel CO₂ when we breathe out, the levels can rise quickly in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation. For that reason, measuring CO₂ levels serves as a good indicator of indoor air quality and how well a ventilation system is working. Monitoring humidity and temperature indoors is also important as both conditions correlate with virus transmission.
State-of-the-art design coupled with smart tech
In addition to carbon dioxide, the new View CO₂ for Business also measures temperature, humidity, virus risk, noise and light. The Virus Risk Indicator fuses data from Airthings core sensors into an algorithm to calculate the risk of airborne virus spread in an indoor space. The capability helps schools and offices understand their indoor air quality and how it contributes to spreading airborne viruses, providing personalized insights to minimize the risk. The optional CO2 Alert feature lets anyone know when a room needs a breather by visually alerting them through a red LED light on the product when CO2 levels get too high.
View CO₂ for Business includes a customizable, ultra-low-power display to maximize battery life up to 10 years. Users can choose to show the live sensor data that matters most to them or a QR code so that anyone in the room can check the air quality in that space in real time. The live sensor data will enable students, educators and office workers to take immediate actions to improve the air quality, while facilities managers (FMs) and building owners can remotely monitor and leverage advanced analytics to optimize air quality and energy usage — saving both time and costs.
Flattening the curve
As the pandemic continues, schools and offices everywhere look for effective strategies to ensure their indoor environments are safe for children and tenants. Countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands have already introduced regulations to monitor air quality in schools. The UK and several states in the U.S., including California, are also looking at implementing similar measures. The government of Quebec in Canada has also taken steps to address indoor air quality in its schools and has recently closed an agreement with Airthings to supply air quality monitoring to schools across the region, as part of a 10-year contract.
Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings, remarked:
When you know what’s in the air you breathe, simple actions, such as opening a window or increasing ventilation, can significantly improve the air quality in a space. With View CO₂, we’re making CO₂ monitoring more accessible to everyone in times where it’s most needed. This powerful and easy-to-use product will empower facility managers, building owners, tenants, and office managers alike to take control of their air quality and protect the health of children and tenants.
View CO2 for Business makes monitoring CO2 accessible for any school, office, or commercial building. Quick and easy installation, totally wireless sensors, user-friendly dashboard, and easy reporting ensure that anyone can take control of indoor air quality.
View CO₂ for Business is the latest addition to the Airthings for Business solution. Set up in a matter of minutes, the solution is easy to scale and customize to any new or existing space. IAQ data with advanced cloud analytics is available via the Airthings Dashboard, and users can create reports to ensure they comply with local regulations.
For more information about View CO₂ for Business and the Airthings for Business solutions, or the Airthings Dashboard, or to view products and solutions geared towards facility managers and building owners, visit the Airthings website.
Founded in 2008, Airthings is on a mission to ensure that people around the world recognize the impact of indoor air quality and take control of their health through simple, affordable, and accurate technology solutions. Airthings products are designed to make radon detection and IAQ monitoring easy to deploy, accurate and user friendly, and have received several accolades including the TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019 award and CES 2019 Innovation Award. The company is headquartered in the heart of Oslo, Norway, and has offices in the U.S. and Canada.