Published on September 7th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan3
The Other Side of Cleantech — Air Quality Monitoring
September 7th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
We focus almost all our time on technologies that help to keep our air and water cleaner, and our climate more livable. However, there’s a whole other side of cleantech that we don’t tend to give second thought to — environmental monitoring technologies.
How do we know technologies are clean? How do we know the air is cleaner? (Well, other than by noticing when it’s not black or grey.) Invisible no-named technologies and companies just tell us so. Well, maybe not exactly, but that’s how it seems.
I recently ran across one such company — TSI Incorporated. TSI offers a whole ton of technologies in this arena, from indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring equipment, to filter testers, to ventilator test systems, to particle counters,… and much more.
I’m not going to lie, I think I’ve become a total cleantech nerd — all these things sound super interesting to me, and I’m very curious to play with them all… if only I knew how or where to start. Oh yeah, there’s another obstacle — they aren’t exactly cheap. What seems to be the most basic indoor air quality meter runs for $590.
Still, I wonder how one might benefit me. As the site notes, we spend over 90% of our time indoors (according to an EPA study). I actually sit at home almost all day… sometimes, it is all day. If I were to test my indoor air quality, perhaps I’d find some things out that I could address to improve my health and life, and that of my family members. Another note from the site: “Recent studies claim that over one third of the buildings in the United States have air quality problems.” Yikes.
Of course, outdoor air quality is important, too. We’re thinking about buying a place. Currently, we live quite close to a busy road, some of the building right around us burn coal for heat in the winter, but then we’ve also got a big park right across the street. All this has me wondering how the outdoor air quality in different places would compare, and it sure seems like it would make sense to buy and live in a location with good air!