Introduction to air quality monitors
VOC monitor measures the concentration of Formaldehyde (HCHO) and VOC in the air. VOC is cluster of volatile organic compound group of gases. Formaldehyde gas is a part of VOC. This particular monitor is more sensitive towards Formaldehyde. However, it can detect other VOC gases as well. Formaldehyde is a naturally-occurring organic compound with the formula CH2O or HCHO. In the form of gas, Formaldehyde is colorless and flammable. It has a characteristic pungent, irritating odor. The monitor measures this gas from 0-5ppm with a resolution of 0.1ppm. The sensor accuracy is within 15% for even low values of concentration. Many a times, people are unaware of the ill effects of Formaldehyde pollution.
Why is Formaldehyde checking so important
Formaldehyde is one of the major constituents of polluted air. Studies show that Formaldehyde pollution is a major cause of long term health hazard. Especially in modern city and furnished rooms, this is a concern.
With Formaldehyde levels exceeding 0.1 ppm, some individuals may experience adverse effects. Such as respiratory problems, burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat. Direct exposure causes coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation. Studies show that some people are very sensitive to Formaldehyde. Whereas, others have no reaction to the same level of exposure.
Where is Formaldehyde present
Formaldehyde in form of Formalin is popular in hospitals and dispensaries. People use it for air sterilization purpose. Especially to neutralize viruses and bacterias in operation theaters (OT), in hospitals
Formaldehyde finds its presence in household furnitures. Cabinets moldings, particle wood, shelving, stair systems, flooring and many other household furnishings. Especially furniture made up with particle wood has high concentration of HCHO
In textile industries, Formaldehyde is a major component to bind dyes. Many pigments to stick on to the fabrics because of HCHO component
Health effects of inhaling Formaldehyde
Although the short-term health effects of Formaldehyde exposure are well known. Less do people know about its potential long-term health hazards. Moreover, people who are often exposed to mild levels of HCHO for prolonged periods of time. Hence, they have shown adverse health effects.
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Henceforth, it becomes extremely essential for people to know Formaldehyde concentration in air. FORBIX SEMICON HCHO monitor unit helps to do so.