In a hot and humid country like Singapore, we often ignore (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality and focus only on comfort (temperature), RH (relative humidity) and odor as the key air related subject that affect our daily life. Only with the seasonal Haze period do we remember the effects of PM 2.5 in our body and how an increase in the PSI over a 24-hour period make us more concerned about the air we breathe. Often times we start panicking and start purchasing any kind of air purifier available online or in retail stores not knowing if it does more harm than good.
With COVID-19 in our midst, things have changed. Indoor Air Quality is no longer a seasonal occasion like the Haze, but part of our everyday life in the New Normal. With the emergence of new virus strains, even the vaccine is rendered helpless and the spread is inevitable.
Now more than ever before, the emergence of new and better indoor air technologies has emerged as companies and countries focus on the importance of clean air and how it can prevent the spread of aerosolized droplets from spreading in confined spaces as well as constantly monitor and control indoor air pollutants from affecting our daily lives.
THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN CONFINED SPACES
- Monitor the indoor air to identify the source of the pollutants,
- Eradicate the source of pollutants and pathogens through natural and mechanical means,
- Improve ventilation by bringing in fresh air from outside.
1. Monitor the air you breathe with uHoo Indoor Air Quality Sensors
The most advanced indoor air quality monitor that is easy to use and can monitor up to 9 air parameters using a mobile app.
Data sets can be seen in an hourly, daily or monthly tab so you monitor the air on a regular basis and act according to the result of the IAQ readings.
You can time or trigger events on your air-cleaning devices as per uHoo’s command using smart plugs and IFTTT integrations.
The 9 air parameters uHoo monitor are:
- Temperature for Comfort and Sleep
- Humidity for Mold Accumulation and Prevention
- Air Pressure to Minimise Headaches
- Carbon Dioxide for Sharper Focus
- TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compound) to Limit Chemicals
- PM 2.5 to Avoid Allergies and Asthma
- Carbon Monoxide to Lessen Fatigue
- Nitrogen Dioxide to Block Fumes
- Ozone to Avoid Alleviating Irritations
- Virus Index to Control / Deactivate Virus spread indoors
uHoo Aura for Business
The next generation Indoor air quality monitor designed for office use.
With good indoor air quality, you can improve productivity, reduce health-related complaints and absenteeism due to sick leave, and create a safe, healthy and comfortable office for your employees.
Most working people spend at least 30% of their day inside the office. This means that at least a third of their day is spent being exposed to invisible elements in the workplace caused by various pollutant sources such as emissions from office equipment, cleaning products, new furnishings, building materials, and in many cases poorly-maintained HVAC systems. If not addressed, this can lead to health problems such as headaches, fatigue, respiratory ailments, resulting in a decline in productivity and increased sick days for employees. Moreover, studies show that indoor air quality has a significant impact on the cognitive performance of workers.
Employers have the responsibility to ensure a healthy, safe and comfortable working environment, and employees have the basic right to breathe healthy air.
Managing your indoor air quality starts with understanding the air you’re breathing so that you can take the proper actions to create a healthy office environment for your employees. By regularly monitoring your indoor air quality, you can have better insights into the different air quality factors in relation to your employees and make better decisions to optimize your office environment.
In addition to the 9 Basic parameters from the uHoo home, The Aura has added Formaldehyde, PM 1, PM 4, PM 10, Light and Noise.
Besides Wi-fi, it now has more connectivity options like Narrowband IoT (NB IoT) / LTE-M and Ethernet.
For more information, you can check out the website at www.getuhoo.com
*ARID Indoor Air Solutions is the commercial distributor for uHoo products in Singapore
2. Eliminate Airborne Pathogens with the LumenAire
Why the LumenAire?
Air Purifiers only trap bigger particles in the air. Anything less than 0.3 microns like virus and bacteria can pass thru these filters. The LumenAire has both a HEPA / Carbon filter and a powerful dual 254nm UV emitter that performs as a UVGI (Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation) Filter to disable the DNA of virus and bacteria as it passes through an elongated chamber for maximum exposure time. It is designed to be sleek and stylish to fit any interior space.
The LumenAire UV Air Disinfection Solution, a simple yet effective way to clean, disinfect and eliminate airborne pathogens in the air by using the proven ozone-free germicidal UV-C light technology that destroys the nucleic acid in the microorganisms DNA disrupting their ability to perform vital cellular functions, combined with our method of passing air to a highly reflective irradiation chamber for longer periods before releasing it back into the room. Our UVGI system is shielded against exposure to skin and eyes, so it is safe to use even in occupied spaces.
Product of Singapore
*LumenAire™ is a patent-pending product designed and manufactured locally, it is supported by ENTERPRISE SINGAPORE grant and developed in partnership with PHILIPS TUV lamp technology.
LumenAire BASIC - ALU 6063
The LumenAire™ BASIC is a portable entry-level Plug & Go UV Air Disinfection device that is meant for general use in smaller spaces. It is portable and can easily be mounted to the wall, put on a stand or place on top of hard surfaces like cabinets, shelves, or a ledge.
Its sleek and minimalist design can integrate seamlessly with any modern contemporary interior space. The LumenAire™ BASIC will be the first full-fledged UVGI Air Disinfection device that you can put in your home, office, clinic, hotel room, virtually everywhere.
Device Dimensions: 1200mmL x 120mmW x 150mmH x W=9.0kg
LumenAire Pendant Light - PLP-ALU 6063
The Pendant Light Purifier is a dual-purpose light fixture suitable for both residential and commercial use.
Its slim form factor fits right to any location that needs the most disinfection. At home, it can be placed in the kitchen or dining area where micro-organisms are mostly present.
In an office environment, you may be able to put the LumenAire™ in reception areas, meeting rooms, pantry, and breakout areas as it is both decorative and functional. Basically, it is an air purifier disguised as a pendant lamp that can be used almost anywhere!
Device Dimensions: 1200mmL x 120mmW x 150mmH x W=9.8kg
Unitary Type (Bazooka) - DLP 2027
The Unitary Air Recirculation Solution is highly suitable for areas with high ceiling set-up and wide-open spaces. The UV irradiation chamber is longer and meant for heavy-duty air disinfection that requires 12-24 hour of operation to make sure that air is always clean and fresh.
The most powerful UV Air Re-circulation device in the market, it can cover an area of between 600-800 sq.ft of floor area.
It is perfect for offices above the ceiling grid, places with high volumes like auditoriums, function halls, cinemas, atrium, and places of worship just to name a few.
Device Dimensions: 1200mmL x 200mm diameter x W=16kg. Both sides are covered by a mesh filter or connected to a flexible duct.
3. Bring fresh air in while you sleep
ARID Fresh Air Room ERV
Do you know that a typical bedroom in Singapore has no return air ventilation when the split aircon unit is on and the windows are closed?
During 8 hours of sleep at night, you are just recycling the air you breathe and CO2 levels rise to dangerous levels. Often times if you have sensitive nose and is prone to allergies and asthma, you will wake up sneezing or wheezing because the recirculating air you breathe overnight turns into air pollutants.
The mixture of low humidity, high CO2 and stale air triggering an increase in VOC’s is a potent combination that triggers allergies, asthma and discomfort when you wake up in the morning.
The ARID Fresh Air Room ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator)
A bi-directional ventilation system that sucks the bad air at night and bring the fresh air in. The heat exchange core regulates the outside air going in to ensure that the air temperature is coequal with the ambient indoor air temperature.
Equipped with a dual filters, washable + H11 HEPA filtration, this device also acts as an air purifier to address PM2.5 for particles 0.3 microns or less.
*ARID Indoor Air Solutions is the commercial distributor for ARID Fresh Air Room ERV in Singapore