Have you ever thought about testing the air quality around you? This is something that probably doesn’t cross the minds of most people. Sometimes, we forget we are breathing. So, why would we bother to check our air quality when we have bigger things to worry about? But, doesn’t the air we breathe affect our health? What if you could track the air quality just by pulling out your cell phone? Well, you can.
Air pollution affects our health
We share the earth. Whatever happens to our planet affects us all. Scientists have found that when you are exposed to ground ozone for 6 to 7 hours, you can suffer from respiratory inflammation. In addition, air pollutants are mostly carcinogens. This means that people who live in polluted areas have a higher risk of cancer. You might even notice people who live in the city cough and wheeze a bit more than is usual.
Not to mention, air pollution damages the endocrine, immune and reproductive systems. It also increases the chance of heart problems. But, that’s not all. Toxic chemicals in the air can settle into plants and water sources. Animals eat the plants and drink the water. Then, we eat the animals, and the poison gets into our systems.
It’s about more than just outdoor air pollution
This may be difficult to believe, but indoor air pollution can be five times more toxic than the outdoors. This is can be due to a wide variety of reasons such as carcinogenic chemicals found in household cleaning products. Other sources of indoor air pollution includes:
- Tobacco smoke. This contains 200 known poisons and 43 compounds, which cause cancer.
- Mold. Mildew, mold and viruses indoors must be treated.
- Radon. This is a noxious gas which comes from the soil and bedrock beneath homes.
- Cooking and heating. When using gas, coal, kerosene, oil or wood, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and other chemicals and gases are emitted. Carbon monoxide can disrupt oxygen levels and even lead to death. Nitrogen dioxide irritates the eyes and respiratory tract.
- Poor ventilation. Pollutants increase during the winter. High levels of humidity can exacerbate the problem.
Issues with pollutants can include:
- Memory problems
- Poor concentration
- Digestive issues
- Chronic runny nose
- Muscle and joint pain
Smartphone has built-in sensors to detect air quality
As reported by Treehugger, new line of modular phone cases comes with a 4-in-3 “EnviroSensor” which, helps you to avoid bad air quality. We’ve got cell phones that track our sleep, our fitness and our calories–but, what about air quality? You now know why it is important to breath clean air.
Silicon Valley startup, i-BLADES built their modular smartphone cases with your lung health in mind. In some places, the company has found that even the level of polluted air can overcome the advantages of walking or biking. Measuring the air quality can help to decrease our exposure to harmful pollutants.
Each i-BLADES Smartcase “EnviroSensor” uses a Bosch BME 680 chemical gas sensor to measure amounts of temperature, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air pressure andhumidity, which are displayed through an app. The app uses color coding to reflect any changes in temperature, pressure, humidity and air quality in real time. The cases are currently available for Samsung Galaxy and Note. Now, you have something which will let you know if you can be satisfied with the air you’re breathing.