The monitors measures particulate matter in the air, specifically PM2.5 (particles as small as 2.5 micrometres in diameter). These particulates are the deadliest form of air pollution due to their ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and blood stream.
Sources of particulates include vehicle emissions, factories, construction sites and burning of fossil fuels. It is also formed by grilling food on charcoal or gas grills, burning leaves, smoking cigarettes, and burning wood in fireplaces or stoves.What is PM2.5 and why is it harmful?
Fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, was the fifth-leading cause of death in the world in 2015, factoring in about 4.1 million global deaths annually. Current evidence suggests that PM2.5 alone causes more deaths and illnesses than all other environmental exposures combined. With smoking on the decline, air pollution now causes more deaths annually than tobacco. While PM2.5 impacts everyone, people with breathing and heart problems, children and the elderly are most sensitive to it.
Exposure to PM2.5 has been shown to cause heart attack, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing, cancer and premature death in people with heart or lung disease.Why do I need a BREATHE|Smart monitor?
Most of the time we cannot see air pollution, so people don’t realise how bad it is, but over 90% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline limits. BREATHE|Smart makes the invisible, visible, and alerts you when pollution levels are harmful to the health of you and your family.
BREATHE|Smart monitors give you the information you need to reduce your exposure to toxic air.How does BREATHE|Smart measure air pollution?
BREATHE|Smart is built around a highly accurate laser sensor. A fan draws air into the device through the side vents onto the sensor which uses laser scattering technology to calculate the number and size of microscopic particulate pollutants. Measurements are taken every second and displayed on the screen so you can easily see what's in the air around you.Do I need a smartphone to make BREATHE|Smart work?
No, BREATHE|Smart is a stand-alone device, so you don’t need a smartphone, app or subscription to make it work. Simply switch it on and the air quality will be displayed on the screen.What does BREATHE|Smart ship with?
BREATHE|Smart ships with everything you need to monitor your air quality both at home and on the go: BREATHE|Smart monitor, power adaptor, charging cable, charging dock and mounting strap are all included in the box.
What is the Air Quality Index (AQI)?
The AQI is an index for reporting air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.
Think of the AQI as a scale that runs from 0 to 500. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 represents good air quality with little potential to affect public health, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality.
BREATHE|Smart monitors instantly display the current AQI on their screen so you can see the current conditions at a glance.So the air is bad, what can I do about it?
BREATHE|Smart is designed to help you make lifestyle choices so you can breathe cleaner air. Studies have shown that you can reduce your exposure by as much as 50% simply by taking alternative routes. With BREATHE|Smart, you can find safer streets, whether you are walking or cycling to work, exercising, or playing in the park.
When indoors, BREATHE|Smart will sound alarms when the air quality deteriorates and let you know when you need to ventilate, especially useful in the kitchen, nursery, or workspace.Where can I use it?
Everywhere! BREATHE|Smart has been designed to be genuinely portable, so it works at home and on the go when you need it most. Clip it to your bike, pram or stroller with the included strap, or use it at home in the kitchen, bedroom or nursery.