CHICAGO (Jan. 23, 2024) – Airthings – the global leader in indoor air quality monitoring and building performance insights – has launched Ventilation Rate, a new feature that aims to help optimize a building’s ventilation system alongside a new product at AHR 2024. In addition to the release of Space Nano in late 2023, the Ventilation Rate feature joins the Airthings for Business Solution portfolio of solutions designed to optimize building performance and enhance workspace well-being.
Ventilation Rate is Airthings for Business’ latest feature, oﬀering two new virtual sensors that measure the estimated Air Exchange Rate (measured as ACH, or air changes per hour) and Airﬂow (currently available in API only) in a speciﬁc room or space. These estimates indicate how often the air in a room is replaced with fresh air each hour. Ventilation Rate helps to validate the following:
- Good indoor air quality: Higher air exchange rates correspond to better ventilation, improving indoor air quality and reducing risk of transmission of airborne viruses.
- Energy eﬃciency: Balancing suﬃcient ventilation with energy eﬃciency is crucial. Analyzing the Air Exchange Rate in rooms and buildings through the Airthings Dashboard or API enables optimization of ventilation systems to minimize energy consumption while providing healthy indoor air to where people are in a building. The Ventilation Rate feature from Airthings can also enable Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) in existing buildings.
- Regulatory compliance: Building codes and standards often stipulate minimum ventilation rates based on room size, use, and occupancy. These standards aim to achieve acceptable indoor air quality levels. According to ASHRAE 62.1 (the recognized standard for ventilation system design and acceptable indoor air quality), the target for any space should be at least ﬁve air changes per hour.
Ventilation Rate is now available for Space PRO, Space Plus, and Space CO2 Mini. Users can access insights into ventilation performance through the Airthings for Business Dashboard. By comparing Ventilation Rate data alongside other insights in the Dashboard – such as occupancy data and CO2 levels – Airthings for Business customers can determine whether they are under-or-over-ventilating a building. This data can help inform and optimize ventilation schedules, thereby removing the inaccuracies associated with using a ‘traditional oﬃce hours’ schedule to guide ventilation levels.
“With the Airthings solution, you can now monitor Air Exchange Rate in all the various rooms of a building in real-time utilizing existing air quality sensors. Air Exchange Rate reveals the eﬃciency of a building’s ventilation system, so you can easily balance ventilation and air quality of the various rooms in a building, ” said Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings. “The Airthings for Business solution truly empowers us to know more about what we can do to breathe the healthiest air possible. With these new virtual sensors, our Airthings for Business customers can better understand the quality of the indoor air they breathe and take action.”
Airthings for Business oﬀers an air quality monitoring solution that provides actionable insights and trends using live and historical data. It is a powerful solution for monitoring and transforming indoor air quality to promote occupant well-being and help create more sustainable buildings. The Airthings for Business solution is fully scalable, oﬀering wireless, easy-to-install devices with comprehensive multi-sensors that monitor CO2,PM1,PM 2.5,radon, VOC, humidity, temperature, light, noise, and pressure, along with virtual sensors for mold risk, virus risk, and occupancy.
Ventilation Rate and the entire Airthings for Business solution will be in attendance at booth #N1539 at AHR 2024 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., January 22 -24.
To learn more, visit: Airthings.com/business/ventilation-rate
Airthings is a global technology company and producer of award-winning radon and indoor air quality monitors for homeowners, businesses, and professionals. Founded in 2008, Airthings is on a mission to ensure that people around the world recognize the impact of indoor air quality and take control of their health through simple, aﬀordable, and accurate technology solutions while optimizing energy consumption in buildings. Airthings’ products have made radon detection and indoor air quality monitoring easy to deploy, accurate, and user friendly, and have received several accolades including the TIME’s Best Inventions award and CES Innovation Award Honors. Headquartered in the heart of Oslo, Norway, and with oﬃces in the US and Sweden the company has over 130 employees from more than 30 nationalities—and counting. To see the full range of Airthings indoor air quality monitors and radon detectors or to learn more about the importance of continuous air quality monitoring, please visit www.airthings.com.