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It can be easy to take care of safety problems you can see, but sometimes you can’t see all potential risks, like harmful air particulates from smoke or dust in your workshop. Dylos’ Air Quality Monitor helps you see what you’re breathing.

Dylos designed the DC1100 to be affordable to the average consumer. Its laser particle counter, which can make measurements as small as one micron, maintains current counts of the amount of particles in the air between one to four microns, and above five microns. As a point of reference, a human hair measures between 40-120 microns in diameter.

The DC1100 stores up to 30 days of data, so you can monitor changes in your work environment.

This allows you to see if changes to ventilation, dust collection, or recirculating filters have any affect on your work environment.

You might find this a very useful tool if you run a commercial shop, or if you’re just concerned about the quality of air in your home shop. Dylos sells it for $200.

DC1100 Air Quality Monitor [Dylos]

 

3 Responses to Dylos Air Quality Monitor

  1. Collin P. says:

    I know the perfect use for this! I hate that Washington, Idaho, and other states have started banning smoking (which is perfectly legal to do) from privately owned establishments like restaurants and bars. If their real problem with smoking is the air quality for the people working in these establishments, then they should regulate air quality, not ban smoking. If they allow smoking, they’ll just need the air handling system to keep the smoke down. This system would make it cheap enough to require every restaurant or bar to have one.

  2. Phil says:

    All the air treatment equipment in the world will not stop a smoking-allowed establishment from smelling like a city dump on fire. Besides, the smoke must travel all around the rooms before being picked up by the air cleaners. For this idea to work, it would require every smoker to be fitted with smoke reclamation equipment in order to take care of the pollution at the source.

    I am all for that. 🙂

    As for this monitor, it seems like a pretty good deal, considering that I am used to those used in Class 100 clean rooms. This can be used around the house and the shop to monitor air quality. As much as I like windows open on a nice, breezy spring day, I bet the indicator would go bonkers just from the pollen wafting through.

  3. A no-smoking section in a restaurant is like a no-peeing section in a swimming pool. It should be noted that “Analaser” smoke detectors work exactly this way, by counting particles in the air that’s drawn through a network of sampling tubes.

    Anyway, airborne particle count is only the beginning of air quality. You also want to know CO and O2 levels at the very minimum, plus H2S and NOx if you’re underground or in a confined space. So-called “four gas analyzers” are quite expensive ($1-2k), so they’re usually the territory of firefighters and industrial workers.

    Still, one of these next to a garden-variety CO detector isn’t a bad start.

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