On average, people spend 90% of their time indoors. As such, we all want the air in our homes and office to be fresh, clean and comfortable. We all want to have the best indoor air quality we can. But sometimes indoor air quality can mean somewhat different things in different situations. What constitutes “good” or “healthy” indoor air quality for someone who has allergies may be somewhat different from someone who does not. Someone may want to make sure their air quality fosters productivity at the office and comfortable sleep at home. This article will give you an overview of how your preferences affect your Awair score.
What is the Awair Score?
Your Awair Score gives you a basic snapshot of your overall air quality based on a combination of the EPA’s indoor air quality guidelines and the preferences you select in your Awair app. Awair and Glow measure your air quality based on 5 categories that most impact your health and comfort: temperature, relative humidity, CO₂, Chemicals (VOCs) and Dust (Awair Only). Each category is measured by your device and then calculated into your Awair score, which has a different focus depending on the preference you selected.
What are the preferences and how do they actually affect my Awair Score?
When you set your preferences, you are telling Awair what you are concerned about most when it comes to your air quality. When Awair or Glow is calculating your Awair score it takes this into account and adjusts your score based on your personal and situational needs.
The general preference is great for most circumstances. If you don’t have any particular concerns regarding your air and just want good air quality, this is the way to to.
If you’re one of the many people who suffers from allergies or asthma, this is the setting for you. This setting puts a focus on humidity and allergens. This way you know that when your Awair Score is low, you’re at greater risk for an attack and you can take precautions to try to prevent it.
Is your Awair in your bedroom? Do you have trouble sleeping, wake up frequently or get up in the morning feeling like you never went to sleep? By focusing on temperature, then CO₂ concentrations, Awair will put the spotlight on the aspects of air that can have the most significant impact on your sleep quality. This way Awair can help you wake up refreshed and ready to face the day.
You can’t do your best work if you’re barely awake. Air that’s stuffy or stale can lead to “foggy head”, difficulty concentrating, low cognitive capabilities and even fatigue. By making sure that your CO₂ and temperature are optimized you’ll be comfortable, alert, awake and ready to take on the tasks ahead!
Babies are almost always the most sensitive and vulnerable among us. Air quality is no different. Keeping your baby comfortable and healthy means being extra careful about dust, temperature and CO₂.
How do I change my preferences?
- Open the Awair app and tap on the device that you wish to change preferences for.
- Tap on the preferences icon in the upper right hand side, next to the gear icon
- Select the preference that most fits your needs.
For more information on the Awair Score, check out our article on Using the Awair App to Diagnose and Improve Your Air Quality
For more information on chemicals (VOCs), check out our article: on what causes VOCs and how you can deal with them.