T.H.A.CO.S.

    You should know

    You should know that the benefits of a good indoor/outdoor temperature ratio include:

    1. Increased comfort: when the indoor temperature is similar to the outdoor temperature, you feel more comfortable because your body does not have to work to cool down or warm up, and you feel neither too hot nor too cold.

    2. Energy saving and lower environmental impact: when the indoor temperature is similar to the outdoor temperature, you can avoid turning on air conditioning or heating, thus saving energy and money.

    3. Better health: a good ratio of indoor to outdoor temperature can help prevent respiratory diseases, such as allergies, because indoor air is less humid and less dense with particles.

    You should know that the optimal humidity in an office should be between 40% and 60%. Humidity that is too low can cause dryness of the respiratory tract, skin and eyes, while humidity that is too high can cause mold and mites to grow. It is important to maintain proper humidity levels to ensure a healthy and pleasant working environment.

    You should know that good air quality can bring many health and environmental benefits, such as:

    1. Higher productivity: better air quality can improve productivity in the workplace, as workers who breathe clean air feel better and are less prone to pollution-related respiratory diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

    2. Improves indoor comfort: better quality air can reduce the presence of unpleasant odors, dust and particulate matter inside buildings. This helps create a healthier and more comfortable working environment.

    3. Reduces energy consumption: good air quality can improve the energy efficiency of ventilation and air conditioning systems, as filters and system components will remain cleaner and have less need for maintenance.

    T.H.A.CO.S. (Twin Hubs Air COmmunity Sensor) is a sensor prototype developed within the Twin Hubs exchange programme by the international team from the creative hubs On/Off (Parma, Italy) and FOR (Timișoara, Romania) to detect environmental data (temperature, humidity and air quality) and suggest responsible behaviors to people using shared workspaces. It’s an opensource and replicable project based on a data-driven approach to reducing the environmental impact of shared workspaces.