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Knowing The Difference Between HALO’s Health Index And Air Quality Index

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - Health Index

Health Index

HALO’s Health Index provides a real-time indication of the potential risk for the spread of airborne infectious disease in a building.

Health Sensors Are Used to Reduce the Spread of Infection.

HALO offers Short Measurement Cycles for Fast Remediation.

Number of Contaminants Sampled in HALO: 6-7.

Health Index Factors:
Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) • Particulate Matter (1 μm, 2.5 μm, 10 μm) • Humidity (RH) • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO₂)

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - CO2

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

While the effects of high levels of CO2 were long thought to be benign, research has found that concentrations as low as 1,000 ppm can affect people’s cognitive function and decision-making performance.

The greatest source of indoor CO2 is people themselves, as it’s a byproduct of our respiratory function. Coupled with poor ventilation, this commonly leads to high levels of CO2 in many workplaces.

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - NO2

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)

Nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) is an ambient trace-gas result of both natural and anthropogenic processes. Long-term exposure to NO₂ may cause a wide spectrum of severe health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, heart and cardiovascular diseases, and even death. Utilizing health sensors for continuous monitoring of NO₂ levels is vital in the healthcare industry and in the manufacturing sphere and is recommended in large urban areas where greater amounts of automobile traffic generate NO₂ that seeps into buildings.

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - Temp
HALO Smart Sensor - Health - Humidity

Temperature and Humidity

High levels can affect more than your comfort. High temperatures and excessive humidity promote mold and mildew growth. These can cause structural damage to your workplace and cause allergy-like symptoms in those with sensitivities. Monitoring these levels with a temperature sensor can help you prevent facility and health problems and tip you off to potential future consequences like structural weaknesses and leaks.

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - TVOC

VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)

The acronym stands for volatile organic compounds, gases emitted from a variety of materials that can have short- and long-term health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs can be up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors.

Sources of VOCs include many common products, including cleaning fluids, disinfectants, paints, and varnishes. Burning fuels like wood and natural gas also produces VOCs.

Short-term exposure to low levels of VOCs can cause throat irritation, nausea, fatigue, and other minor complaints. Long-term exposure to high concentrations of VOCs has been linked to more severe respiratory irritation as well as liver and kidney damage. Products can emit VOCs even when they’re in storage, though to a lesser extent than when they’re actively being used. Sensor technology is increasingly employed to monitor these emissions continuously, ensuring safety in both homes and workplaces.

HALO Smart Sensor - Health - Particulates

Particulate Matter (PM)

Particulate matter, or PM, is a mix of particles and droplets in the air. PM varies in shape and size, but those of 10 micrometers in diameter or smaller can adversely affect your health because they can be inhaled. PM 2.5 refers to fine particulate matter – with a diameter of two-and-one-half microns or less.

Sufficient exposure to PM can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, leading to allergy-like symptoms and shortness of breath in otherwise healthy people. It can also exacerbate existing medical problems, such as asthma and heart disease. PM 2.5 is considered the world’s single biggest environmental health risk.

Indoor PM levels can be influenced by outdoor sources like vehicle exhaust, wildfires, and power plant emissions. But many indoor activities produce PM as well: cooking, burning fireplaces, and smoking are just a few common sources.

“This device is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that detects potentially harmful substances in the air. Whether it's smoke, chemicals, or vaping fumes, the HALO Smart Sensor can identify these hazards in real-time. This has created a safer atmosphere for all of us, ensuring that our students can focus on their studies without unnecessary distractions or health concerns.”

Effective monitoring of these environmental health factors using advanced health sensors and sensor technology is crucial to ensure a healthy working or living environment. The use of health sensors and sensor data in continuous monitoring systems can greatly aid in managing indoor air quality for healthier outcomes.