Blueair Launches Digital Service for Viewing Outdoor Air Hazards
February 15, 2017,
CHICAGO-Air purifier manufacturer Blueair has debuted Air View, a free digital service that shows outdoor air hazards based on address.
The Air View on a mobile phone
The Air View service allows users see which particles and gases exist in the air, providing them with a 360-degree street view of any address in the United States on desktop computers or mobile devices, according to Blueair. The user can click on various air pollutants to learn more about compounds such as sulfur dioxide, pollen and ozone, along with learning how they affect their health.
Air View uses data from monitoring stations all over the world, and the results are continuously updated, according to the statement. The service provides information from the nearest station on the levels of various air pollutants, and evaluates the quality of the air in a particular area. The street view of the service is generated by Google Street View, the app that provides panoramic views of positions along many streets in the world.
More than half of Americans (166 million) live where year-round air pollution levels are often too dangerous to breathe, the company statement said, citing data from the American Lung Association. In addition, the company referenced a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which found that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year—primarily from vehicle emissions.
“Most people are unaware we breathe large amounts of harmful particles daily,” said Blake Bobosky, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Blueair North America. “In big cities and along routes with high traffic or wildfires, high levels of substances such as nitrogen oxides can accumulate, which in the long run can have a negative effect on the respiratory system. We want to draw attention to what we and our children actually breathe every day in the hope we can help more people take initiatives for cleaner air.”
Air View is free of charge and can be accessed at airview.blueair.com.