How do you get insight in the air quality in the office? And how do you know whether you offer your employees a healthy work environment? Areas that are poorly ventilated can lead to concentration problems, headaches and reduced energy. Sufficient fresh air ensures that these problems are counteracted and that bacteria are more difficult to spread. Evalan has developed and end-to-end IoT solution with a CO2 sensor to measure CO2 levels. The collected CO2 measurements from the CO2 sensors provide insights with which you can create a healthy work environment, so employees continue to work pleasantly and safely. This solution can also be used at schools, hospitals and government buildings.
Indoor climate influences health and productivity
Scientific research shows that there is a correlation between the indoor climate and the health and productivity of employees. You notice immediately when you are in a poorly ventilated building, cramped classroom or oxygen-poor meeting room. The air is stale and you can suffer from all kinds of negative effects, such as lack of concentration, deterioration in performance and you do not feel well. In addition to humidity and temperature, this is mainly due to exhaled carbon dioxide (CO2). When a room is poorly ventilated or when there are too many people in a small space, the CO2 value increases considerably. In order to improve the air quality, it is important to ventilate well and to monitor the number of people in the rooms and reduce when necessary.
Ventilation reduces the chance of spreading bacteria
CO2 levels that are too high may also lead to a higher risk of corona infections. Research by EenVandaag shows that three out of ten employees still go to the office even if they have complaints. Besides the household and other social gatherings, figures from the RIVM clearly show that the workplace is the place where the corona virus is currently spreading the most. Good ventilation is therefore not an unnecessary luxury, but a must. The CO2 level is a good parameter to give an indication of the risk of contamination in a particular area.
Acting faster on unhealthy spaces
It is important to monitor and control the CO2 levels in rooms with CO2 sensors in order to optimally contribute to safety, health and energy efficiency. With most CO2 sensors, the measurements are made accessible to a central system, which means the sensors have to be connected to the building management system. This requires adjustment work, such as installing and configuring the sensors. Installing and configuring the CO2 sensors is not necessary with the solution from Evalan. With Evalan’ solution, data is communicated directly to the cloud, making it faster and easier to monitor CO2 levels in the office. With the real time data, the manager of the building can act on areas where higher concentrations are measured by, for example, limiting people in a room or improving the ventilation of that room.
The CO2 solution from Evalan is directly connected to the cloud and from there it can exchange data with your platform or a tailor-made portal. The only requirement is to mount the sensors in each room. The CO2 sensor is part of connectivity solution BACE, and IoT module that creates a connection between assets in the field and the cloud. BACE also arranges other IoT functions such as security, software updates and provisioning. Other sensors can also be supplied that are important for monitoring indoor climate, such as temperature, humidity, light intensity and presence. These sensors can be supplied directly with the end-to-end solution.
Based on the data, you can adjust the ventilation in certain rooms or limit the number of people in a small room. With the CO2 measurements, you as a office manager can take action to create a healthy environment. You can also save energy by connecting the ventilation system to the IoT system and control the ventilation. When a space is underused, that space does not need to be continuously ventilated. By not ventilating these areas, you can save costs.
Do you want to improve the indoor climate and keep an eye on good air quality? Our experts are happy to discuss and come up with solutions that really benefit you. So that your employees feel fit, can be productive and work as safely as possible.