February 2, 2022
There’s a reason why desks near windows are coveted office real estate. We’re biologically hardwired to prefer places with lots of light. Monitoring light intensity ensures we know there’s enough light to work effectively, and has the potential for huge energy savings.
The right light levels
Not too bright, not too dull – what level of illumination is ideal for office lighting? The recommended range for workplace task lighting is between 300 and 500 lux. Lux is a standardised unit of measurement of light level intensity, which is commonly referred to as "illuminance" or "illumination".
Light and wellbeing at work
Optimization of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers. In fact, Cornell University research revealed that workers in daylight office environments reported a 51% drop in eyestrain complaints, a 63% drop in headaches, and a 56% reduction in drowsiness.
Studies have also revealed that employees who don’t get enough sunlight at work experience more sleep, energy, and health problems. It’s no surprise then that a Harvard Business Review study showed that employees value sunlight and outdoor views over every other office perk.
Office buildings consume a substantial amount of energy and lighting is one the single biggest consumers. Monitoring light levels over time, can help you understand if energy is being spent unnecessarily on lighting, for example, if there’s enough natural light in the room or lights are being left on accidentally. By continuously monitoring your light levels, you could identify trends and decrease your electricity consumption.
Discover Awair for business
Lighting in your workplace is critically important for your ability to accomplish tasks efficiently and safely. Awair tracks light levels to give you the insight needed to create healthier, more productive work environments, and smarter office investments.
The holidays are filled with lots of fun activities from shopping in well-decorated stores to attending corporate parties. With increased awareness on staying safe while indoors, we want to help reduce your exposure to airborne infections and pollutants. We realize there may be work events that you want to attend or people that you need to shop for, but there are a few simple ways to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) so you can celebrate accordingly.
As many students, teachers, and administrators return to in-person learning this fall, there are mixed feelings about health and safety. School districts have come under heat time and time again for building issues, particularly in underfunded communities. For instance, a 2020 report from the United States Government Accountability Office found that “one-third of public schools were estimated to have inadequate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.” Since COVID-19 spreads most rapidly in poorly ventilated areas, there is urgency amongst school leaders to improve indoor air quality and, therefore, reduce the spread of lingering airborne viruses.
Did you know that Awair’s indoor air quality (IAQ) monitors use state-of-the-art technology to measure air quality factors that impact your overall health and well-being? By paying attention to your IAQ, you can reduce allergy symptoms, improve your sleep quality, and feel better anywhere you spend time indoors. When air quality factors are collectively measured together, an Awair Score appears on the app ranging from 0 to 100. Zero represents poor air quality and 100 indicates healthy air quality.