Indoor Air Quality and Wellbeing

Why clean air matters

Given that most people spend about 90% of their time inside and inhale 15 000–40 000 liters of air every day, the implications of indoor air quality (IAQ) on people’s health are significant. Indoor air quality is essential for one’s health.

Indoors, air quality can be compromised by several factors: microbes growing in the construction as a result of excess moisture, gaseous substances that evaporate from construction materials, fiber-like impurities and fine particles from polluted outdoor air.

Airborne particles and other air contaminants are known to be a major health risk, causing serious illnesses including respiratory infections and heart disease, and even reducing lifetime. Common symptoms include allergy, eye irritation, congestion, headache and skin symptoms.

Ultrafine particles, less than 0,1 µm in size, are the most dangerous as they can be absorbed directly into bloodstream and migrate into organs, including the brain.

Adverse health effects are also caused by chemical and microbial contaminants such as mold toxins and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Moisture damage and poor material choices, for example, release harmful chemicals, microbes and fine particles in indoor air. Exposure to microbial contaminants is clinically associated with respiratory symptoms, allergies, asthma and immunological reactions.

More over, good air quality is essential to cognitive performance. Studies have shown significant correlation between IAQ and people’s ability to concentrate and learn, with bad IQA resulting in almost 10 % loss in productivity at work and 11 % decrease in school performance for students in schools with impure air.

Genano air purifiers are an efficient way to reduce the health risks of indoor air pollution, especially ultrafine particles (PM0,1), microbes and chemicals.


Sick building syndrome


All over the world, building-related issues with indoor air quality are a serious problem. Especially in the Nordics, general discussion on the so-called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) goes on heated. Moisture damage and poor material choices, for example, release harmful chemicals, microbes and fine particles in indoor air. These substances cause health problems and discomfort to the people in the building.

Genano air purifier is a good first aid in raising the indoor air quality. It purifies the air constantly from mold toxins, fine particles and harmful gases. Removing these is not possible with a traditional fibre-based air purifier.

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Indoor air quality in polluted cities


Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental risk, and causes 7 million premature deaths every year. Airborne particulates are classified as a group 1 carcinogen, according to WHO and International Agency for Research on Cancer. Air pollution is a significant risk factor for a number of health conditions, including respiratory infections, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

Genano Technology is extremely efficient in purifying polluted air. The patented technology has been scientifically tested down to 3 nanometer size particles (PM0.003) – Genano Technology removes 99.5% of even the smallest of the particles.

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Infection control in crowded spaces

Another concern especially in highly populated areas are airborne microbes. Genano air purifiers not only remove but permanently kill airborne viruses and bacteria. This is why many hospitals have chosen to use Genano Technology. An example is Genano’s collaboration in Saudi Arabia to prevent the MERS virus from spreading by quickly building isolation rooms.

Genano Case Story – Fighting against MERS in Saudi Arabian central hospitals


Cognitive performance and efficiency

Indoor air quality also affects our cognitive performance, both of adults and students. Different studies have shown significant correlation between IAQ and people’s ability to concentrate and learn. At the work place this means e.g. that you feel tired and get flu-like symptoms, your ability to explain things becomes slower, as will your typing. So even if the quality of the air would not necessarily make you sick enough to stay at home, studies are showing 6-9% drops in productivity at work. And the issues are much more common than most of us realize with some issues being experienced in at least 30% of work places.

In case of students, poor IAQ leads into poorer school performance and tests results, with some studies showing even 11% poorer results for students in schools with polluted indoor air. And while everyone suffers, asthmatic children are most at risk primarily due to being more sensitive to indoor pollution leading to worse symptoms and more absences. Some studies even show that there may be long-term impact on the development of a child’s brain when subjected to air pollution.

So the better the quality of your air is, the better the results of your students and employees.

Genano solution for better indoor air quality

Genano 120 in an officeGenano air purifiers are an efficient way to reduce the health risks of indoor air contaminants, especially ultrafine particles (PM0,1), microbes and chemicals.

Genano purifies air constantly from contaminants of both indoor and outdoor origin, including mold spores and toxins, small particles and harmful gaseous substances. In addition, Genano air purifiers not only remove but permanently kill airborne viruses and bacteria.

With Genano air purifiers you can make sure that indoor air is safe to breath.


 

Continuous circulation & purification

Genano air purifiers are designed to continuously recycle and purify indoor air, to improve air quality with a normal air ventilation system. The standalone units are easy to move around when needed.

Unlike devices based on filter technologies, Genano technology cleans the air in free air flow, so the air volume and the purification level are constant at all times. Genano air purifiers do not get clogged up by large amounts of particles, and no exchange of expensive filters is required. Genano is a durable, economical solution with low need for maintenance.

Innovative filter-free technology

The unique patented Genano Technology® is based on co-operation between the process of ionization and electrostatic attraction of particles. It cleans the air from particulate matter of all sizes.

The patented technology has been scientifically tested down to 3 nanometer size particles (PM0.003) – Genano Technology removes 99.5% of even the smallest of the particles.

In addition, Genano air purifiers are equipped with high-surface-area active carbon collectors that remove gaseous substances.

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The superior Genano technology has made us for example the #1 provider of air purifiers in public buildings in Finland, including offices, schools and kindergartens that suffer from indoor air quality problems. To learn more about our customers, see the case stories below:

Case stories