Air pollution is associated with poor outdoor air and its accompanying detrimental effects on one’s health. However, most of us tend to overlook the air we breathe indoors. It is, in fact, up to five times worse than outdoors and can cause a myriad of health conditions such as heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer. Recent global statistics state that at least 1.6 million people died prematurely due to indoor air pollution alone. Monitoring and assessing the air quality indoors is critical.
The brainchild of two passionate individuals Dustin and Brian, uHoo, is an air quality sensor that helps people understand the air they breathe in their homes and workplaces, thereby empowering them to make the necessary changes to create a healthier indoor environment.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is far more rampant than outdoor air pollution, placing children, older adults, and people suffering from long-term chronic illnesses at a greater risk. From building materials to air fresheners, indoor air pollutants are ubiquitous.
Aggravated cardiovascular illness and added stress to heart and lungs are short-term effects of indoor air pollution. Long-term effects, on the other hand, include accelerated aging of lungs, loss of lung capacity and function, development of chronic conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and lung cancer. Considering all the risks associated with indoor air pollution, monitoring the air quality in environments such as our residential spaces, offices, and other indoor areas isa surefire way to create a safer environment. You can only manage what you can measure.
The founders of uHoo, Dustin and Brian have respiratory conditions — allergic rhinitis and asthma, respectively. This motivated them to create an air quality monitor to help people understand the air they breathe indoors and take the necessary actions to create a healthy environment.
With a mission to empower people about the air they breathe through technology, uHoo is equipped to monitor nine air quality parameters. “uHoo measures the most number of air pollutants. This helps you drill down to the issues you may have and helps you address them,” says Dustin Jefferson Onghanseng, co-founder and CEO of uHoo. uHoo has already been honored with CES 2020 Innovation Award.
uHoo monitors temperature, humidity, air pressure, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, dust (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You can access all your real-time and historical data via the uHoo mobile app. The uHoo app also provides a simple color code of excellent, fair, and poor for users to gain a quick understanding of their air quality.
Well-conceived and beautifully designed, uHoo is both compact and handy. It allows users to monitor each room, track progress, get push notifications and alerts. uHoo is already integrated with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT, allowing you to automate and control various devices such as the Nest, WeMo, Ecobee, SmartThings, etc.
uHoo just launched with Walmart& Lowe’s and is about to launch with Best Buy, Home Depot and a number of other retailers in the USA. uHoo is also being used by various corporations and governments across Europe and the Asia Pacific to create healthier workplaces and smarter cities.
With support from Enterprise Singapore, the company will be exhibiting at CES 2020 in Las Vegas from the 7th to the10th of January.
With climate change and declining air quality around the world, products such as uHoo is already turning into a necessity for everyday life.