Kapsul Air and the future of devices that identify problems people don’t even know they have

They say a person’s home is their castle, but when you think about how much time we spend in our homes — especially in the age of COVID — and how our everyday surroundings affect our well-being, it might be more accurate that one person saying home is their ecosystem. When you consider the qualitative and quantitative factors that go into a home’s collective ambience, according to Kurt Swanson, co-founder and CEO of Kapsul Air, it’s often the things we don’t immediately think of that can have the greatest impact.

After all, nothing is more important than that very air we breathe, and yet air quality may not be something you routinely think about when buying, building, or renovating a home. But it should be.

In the not too distant future, Swanson envisions a time when homeowners will not only be able to understand nearly every aspect of home air quality, but also be able to control it. He believes that this “Smart Air” concept will be a game changer in terms of both comfort and health.

“Smart Air integrates devices that not only change one dimension of air quality; they actually actively monitor it,” Swanson explains. “You can adjust the comfort in any room you want, but the technology also gives you information that gives you much greater control over your indoor climate.”

The Evolution of Smart Air

Air conditioning technology has come a long way, Swanson notes, and nothing illustrates the latest advances in the product space better than the current one Capsul Air W5 model. With an output of 5,000 Btu that rivals bulky older units, the W5 comfortably cools and dehumidifies 150 square feet of space. At just 7 inches tall, it’s the slimmest window air conditioner on the market. Because it’s purpose-built with pleasing aesthetics, the W5 can maximize the inside and outside view of a home—all without blocking half a window.

“My grandfather had a window air conditioner in the 1960s. It might make cold air, right? But it’s like a Ford Model T against you [Tesla] of today,” says Swanson. “They still do basically the same thing, but one of them does it much better and is easier to use and uses a lot less energy.”

As satisfying as the current advances are, Swanson is even happier about them Future of “intelligent air”. He believes the more consumers know, the better the future will be – because, as everyone knows, knowledge is power.

The more we know, the safer we are

Coming back to the Tesla and Model T analogy, in the pre-internet days of our grandparents, when you wanted to research a topic, you would take a trip to your local library. After physically flipping through the monolithic card catalogue, you’d stroll to the stacks to find the relevant tome — or wade through a sea of ​​reference works — and then manually copy the facts you needed… but only if the library actually had the information had you were looking for. Things of a technical nature were often hit or missed. While there could have been other resources, if the library didn’t have them, most likely you were just unlucky.

Of course, with the advent of the World Wide Web, even the most obscure knowledge can now be tracked down virtually in no time. Add smart technology to the equation, and consumers are equipped with the powerful tools they need to best possible purchasing decisions – and it keeps getting better.

“I think consumers will learn a lot,” predicts Swanson. “Even customers who may not have the most up-to-date air conditioning systems will be much better informed.”

Today’s technology inspires tomorrow’s trends

Swanson says that for “techno freaks” like himself, there are already some products on the market to increase consumer understanding and awareness air quality at home. “If you really want to nerd like me,” he says, “you can buy sensors and check what’s going on in your home, but I think the future will be devices that tell and identify you about the air quality in your home.” can have problems you don’t even know about.”

Current air conditioners—whether ducted central air systems for the whole house, window air conditioners, or portable window vent units—all come standard with some form of air filter. These filters remove dust, dander, pollen and other contaminants from the air; However, Swanson believes there will be opportunities to improve home air quality even further in the coming days.

“We’re going to look at everything from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to other types of pollutants,” he says.

Forewarned is forearmed: what’s in the air in your home?

While we may be far from judging and monitoring our ability native ecosystemsBeing aware of possible pollutants is the first step to making our homes safer and healthier.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Volatile organic compounds have high vapor pressure and low water solubility. Many VOCs are man-made chemicals used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals and refrigerants.”

VOCs are believed to have both short- and long-term negative health consequences, and the EPA states, “Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to 10 times higher) than outdoors and are emitted by a variety of products.” the thousands… Organic chemicals are commonly used as ingredients in household products. Paint, varnish, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. fuels are [also] consists of organic chemicals.”

Basically, any product that contains organic chemicals has the potential to “release organic compounds as you use them and to some extent when they are stored.”

The American Lung Association reports that in addition to VOCs, a number of potentially hazardous substances are found in the air we breathe. “Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma,” the website says. “People who already have lung disease are at higher risk.” It is advisable to learn which factors make indoor air unhealthy and how these pollutants affect health.

Other indoor pollutants of concern include:

bacteria and viruses

building and painting products

carbon monoxide

carpet emissions

detergents and household chemicals

cockroaches

dust mites and dust

flooding and water damage

formaldehyde

To lead

mold and moisture

nitrogen dioxide

animal hair

Wood burning in residential areas

passive smoking

Hopefully the progress is integrated intelligent air technology that allow us to detect harmful substances in our native ecosystems – and help extract and eliminate them – are not too far over the horizon. With groundbreaking concepts already on the drawing board, Kapsul Air is poised to be at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology.

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