Businesses Can ‘Breathe Easy’ Knowing Aretas’ New Particle Sensor Will Monitor Their Indoor Air Quality

08-February-2013 Mackenzie, Canada (February 8, 2013) – A report by the Canadian Medical Association in 2008 estimated that up to 21,000 Canadians would die that year from air pollution—with dangerous particulate matter being one of the specific pollutants identified. Particulate matter (PM) is the term given to the microscopic airborne particles, both solid and liquid, that negatively affect air quality and thus compromise respiratory health when inhaled. Did you know particulate air pollution can occur indoors, too? Aretas, an indoor air monitoring company, is launching a new Particle Sensor to help businesses detect and mitigate the risks of particulates in the work environment.

According to Health Canada, we spend close to 90% of our time indoors, which underscores the importance of indoor air quality testing. Finer airborne particles measuring 2.5 micrometres or less in diameter “pose the greatest threat to human health because they can travel deepest into the lungs” (Health Canada). Furthermore, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) can contain dangerous contaminants—such as cancer-causing chemicals. Aretas’ particulate monitor has the sensitivity to detect particles as small as approximately 1 micrometer and to alert you when concentrations become worrisome.

Aretas’ Particle Sensors provide entire particulate monitoring systems: a small wireless device installed in the workspace tracks particle levels and transmits data through software, allowing managers to review data and alerts in and easy to use their online dashboard. This provides effortless real-time monitoring and accurate accounting of outputs for business owners to do their due diligence in keeping occupants safe and healthy. Additionally all of the Aretas Monitors track temperature and humidity which is ideal for tracking and saving cost on energy usage.

Sources of indoor particulate matter can be things like combustion by-products (soot), pollen, dust mites, animal dander, fungal spores (mold), aerosol, cigarette smoke, radon, formaldehyde, asbestos, and other toxins. HealthLink BC states that the primary way to improve indoor air quality is to “control the source of the pollution.” Particulate monitors help put control of the environment back in your hands by detecting the presence of particles in the measured air.

In June 2012, the province of B.C. announced it would invest $100,000 in 12 new air monitors, saying, “Fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) has been the number-one outdoor air quality priority in B.C. for the last decade.” Jurisdictions across Canada are likewise upgrading their own monitoring networks to follow suit. Particulate monitoring is an issue of national importance, and it behooves businesses to be as conscientious indoors in the micro—with their personal particulate monitoring equipment—as the country is demonstrating in the macro with its recent sizeable investment in air quality. As the Ministry of Environment points out, improved technologies and accurate measurements provide “a more complete picture.”

About Aretas Sensor Networks
Aretas Sensor Networks Inc. is a Canadian company with a line of proven wireless sensor network technology that monitors environmental conditions in workplaces across the country. Our industry experience and scalable data warehousing and analytics system will give you the complete picture of the air quality in your work environment.

Aretas is the only continuous monitoring application to provide you with access to complex environmental metrics, statistics, alerts, strategies, and trends. The system uses established and cutting-edge sensor research and proprietary IEQ (indoor environmental quality) assessment algorithms to determine optimal efficiency for your business.