Fresh Air, Quantified - Introducing uHoo
Author: Martin Sanchez-Locreille
Healthy air for a happy, productive day
Most of us go about our day unaware of what exactly it is that we are breathing in. We often take clean air for granted, not knowing that it contains a whole host of vital, but also sometimes harmful, contents. During these times in which many of us are working from home, we’ve investigated the effects of air quality on productivity using the uHoo air quality sensor. We also track air quality in our Sustainable Stays project using the same device, in order to help hotels maintain a comfortable indoor environment to maximize guest comfort. We demonstrate that data-driven feedback can lead to simple, cost-free actions with major benefits. Feeling unproductive in your workspace, or have a nagging headache? Poor air quality may be to blame. As it is also known that viruses like COVID-19 can spread more easily in unventilated and unhealthy air, monitoring your indoor air and taking action to improve ventilation can go a long way to keep you safe.
What is uHoo?
Did you know that the air we breathe indoors can be up to five times worse than outside? With uHoo, you don’t just get data-driven feedback about the contents of your air - having this knowledge will help you develop healthier habits, too. The uHoo air quality sensor tracks up to nine different indicators: temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, VOCs, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and air pressure. Most recently, uHoo added a virus index to help you determine whether your air is at risk of hosting viruses like COVID-19. The uHoo app will let you check air quality at any time, any place. Convenience, knowledge and healthy habits all packaged together to make your space healthy and productive. Whether it's cracking open a window, going for a walk, or adding air-filtering plants to your office, healthy solutions begin with knowing your surroundings.
Want to know more?
Check out our one pager from the Healthy Offices mini-lab to find out more about the relationship between air quality and productivity, or visit https://www.innovationlighthouse.org/healthy-offices to learn about how we work to make offices stress-free and healthy environments.