In addition to temperature and humidity, your sensor evaluates the relative air quality in your home by measuring total Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases from various household products and can lead to a degradation in indoor air quality. Based on VOC measurements, the Healthy Home Sensor calculates the level of equivalent Carbon Dioxide (eCO2), the shown in the app in particles per million (ppm). The Air Quality indication provided by the Healthy Home Sensor gives a relative measurement of VOCs and will alert the user to changes in the indoor environment. Long-term exposure to poor air quality can affect the health and comfort of those exposed.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
It is important to adequately ventilate rooms whether occupied or not. Opening windows and being conscious of cleaning agents, appliances, and other sources of indoor air pollutants can help improve air quality.
The Tabs Healthy Home Sensor does not measure carbon monoxide (CO), a toxic gas produced as a by-product of combustion.
Upon installing the Healthy Home sensor, the VOC value might be off (e.g show very high values) for the first few days (up to a week). This is because it determines the baseline air quality. Typically, the values will normalize after around 3-4 days once the baseline has been determined.