INDIANAPOLIS, IN, OCT. 10, 2023 – COVID-19 has brought heightened awareness to the importance of healthy indoor air quality, particularly in public spaces. In response to these concerns, HVAC.com, a leading authority in HVAC and indoor air quality, recently conducted an air quality assessment at the renowned Indianapolis Children’s Museum as part of its ongoing series highlighting the air quality in family-friendly destinations across the country.
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, the largest of its kind globally, spans five floors and houses over 130,000 artifacts, attracting over a million visitors annually. Recognizing the importance of indoor air quality, HVAC.com conducted a comprehensive air quality assessment here.
What Pollutants Do Air Quality Monitors Detect?
To carry out this evaluation, HVAC.com utilized a Kaisal 5-in-1 air quality monitor to detect air pollution in three primary categories: Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC), formaldehyde (HCHO), and carbon dioxide (CO2). The air quality monitor also provides temperature and humidity readings.
Each metric is categorized as “good,” “OK,” or “poor,” based on the level of air pollution, allowing for precise measurement of indoor air quality.
Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) represent a group of organic chemicals found in household products, building materials, and indoor pollutants. Examples include formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene.
Formaldehyde (HCHO), another common indoor air pollutant, is a colorless, strong-smelling chemical found in various industrial and household products. It can lead to respiratory irritation and long-term health risks.
High levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) can be harmful, causing symptoms such as dizziness and impaired cognitive function. It often results from issues like faulty heating equipment and inadequate ventilation.
Testing the Air Quality at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
The assessment began with air quality testing at three popular exhibits within the museum:
The Dinosphere: The assessment here revealed comfortable temperature and humidity levels, along with noticeable air circulation. Results for HCHO, TVOC, and CO2 indicated a healthy air quality supply.
2nd Floor Exhibits: HVAC.com conducted air quality tests in several large exhibit halls on the museum’s second floor. The results exhibited excellent air quality metrics, even healthier than the Dinosphere.
Carousel Wishes and Dreams: The air quality results here closely mirrored those from the second floor, further confirming the museum’s commitment to providing a healthy environment for its visitors.
In all three exhibits, the HCHO, TVOC, and CO2 levels fell well within the “good” range. Click here for the detailed results of HVAC.com’s indoor air quality assessment at the museum.
Surprisingly, the air pollution levels just outside the Indianapolis Children’s Museum were not significantly different from those inside, showcasing the museum’s dedication to maintaining top-notch air quality.
Prioritizing Healthy Air Quality at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Audra Blasdel, VP of Operations at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, highlighted the museum’s commitment to the health, safety, and security of staff, volunteers, and visitors. The museum achieves healthy indoor air quality primarily through high-grade filters within the air handling system, using over 500 pleated and bag filters changed on a quarterly schedule.
The museum’s emphasis on regular preventative maintenance and the use of 19 exhaust fans to introduce fresh outside air also contribute significantly to maintaining superior air quality.
Staying Informed About Public Health Issues
Heightened awareness of public health issues like indoor air quality, lead in water, and healthcare is crucial because it empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. By staying informed, people can take proactive steps to protect themselves and their families, ensuring a safer and healthier living environment.
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