Interview: Airthings CEO Øyvind Birkenes

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Interview: Airthings CEO Øyvind Birkenes


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Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve?

Airthings was established in 2008 by three CERN scientists with the goal being to educate on the prevalence of radon and offer accurate, user-friendly radon detectors to the masses, making them as common as smoke detectors. We have evolved and expanded since then to become the market leaders in the indoor air quality space. 

What is the connection between indoor air safety and outdoor air quality? How do you take this into account when offering indoor air quality solutions and products? 

No matter if it’s indoors or outdoors, air quality matters as a whole. Typically people are more aware of air pollution outdoors, but the reality is that we spend 90% of our time indoors, and concentrations of damaging pollutants are between two to five times higher indoors than outdoors. Over recent decades, many chemicals have become more prevalent in our homes due to increased use of synthetic building materials, air-tight properties, pesticides, and household cleaners. Buildings are becoming more airtight and without proper ventilation, we can be exposed to these pollutants over long periods of time, which can lead to serious health problems.

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Source: Letting Agent Today

Published: February 23, 2024