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Indoor Air Quality

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Much of our lives is spent indoors where we live, work, and play. What is in the air we breathe indoors affects our health and quality of life. Some common pollutants that could be present in indoor air include carbon monoxide, radon, mold, asbestos, formaldehyde, and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

A number of projects on Public Lab have explored indoor air quality, monitoring and remediation. Check out the materials below, follow the tag indoor-air-quality and add your materials to this topic.


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Is there a correlation between humidity and particulates in the air? @sarasage about 1 month ago 2
HOW do i find testing for air quality in my home - specifically for silica? @MaryBandy 7 months ago 4
What are indoor air quality concerns related to nail salons? @stevie about 2 years ago 8
Could local mining affect local radon levels? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
What happens if I inhale too much formaldehyde? @liz over 2 years ago 4
Can Bio-char products absorb CAFO gases like Hydrogen Sulfide or Ammonia? @zengirl2 over 3 years ago 3
What are ways to make DIY filters to remove particulate pollution from indoor air? @zengirl2 almost 4 years ago 12
Methods for or experience measuring workplace hydrogen sulfide gas? @gretchengehrke about 4 years ago 2
What kinds of toxins can be filtered by plants, and how do we know? @warren over 4 years ago 3
Has anyone used a radon test kit? @stevie over 4 years ago 4
What is the best options for mold testing? @nshapiro almost 5 years ago 0
In the plant based air purifier, could airflow go the other way, using an unmodified pump? @warren almost 5 years ago 9
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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How to Monitor Indoor TVOC with Raspberry PI @Makepcb 2 months ago 4
Seeking an Air Research Curation Fellow @bhamster 4 months ago 0
Can people make their own masks to protect from coronavirus? @joyofsoy over 1 year ago 5
Building Snake Plant Air Remediation kit in Bangalore, India @deeptalaxmibharadwaj almost 2 years ago 11
An Insight on Indoor Air Pollutants: Factors, Sources & Pollutants. @silentsairam about 2 years ago 4
Indoor microbiome sampler (vacuum adapter) @nshapiro over 2 years ago 3
Building a plant-based air purifier kit at Barnraising @warren almost 3 years ago 21
#Next steps - Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Working progress & Prototypes 18/09/18 @cguerin almost 3 years ago 2
SmART-FORM Badge Lighting Analysis Experiments @haines241 over 3 years ago 4
Build a plant-based air purifier @nshapiro over 3 years ago 20
Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Prototype and Workshop 2/2/18 @nshapiro over 3 years ago 5
Refining the user interface of a community science app @nshapiro over 3 years ago 5
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro over 3 years ago 1
Low cost sensor for air quality monitoring @mprof9 almost 4 years ago 4
Smartphone App for Residential Testing of Formaldehyde (SMART-FORM) Interim report @nshapiro about 4 years ago 6
INDOOR AIR QUALITY REMEDIATION KIT @cguerin over 4 years ago 3
A kit to design your own formaldehyde experiment? @warren over 4 years ago 25
Public Lab awarded NSF funding to help develop low-cost community formaldehyde monitoring technique @nshapiro almost 5 years ago 2
What kind/size of microdust does activated carbon give off & how much of a concern is it? @jfrankamp almost 5 years ago 2
Snake Plant Air Remediation Build & Partial Teardown @jfrankamp almost 5 years ago 9
Air-Crafting: Teaching Atmospheric Attunements with Plant Air Purifiers in Davis, California @PIAO almost 5 years ago 0
Plant Air Remediation Field Test #2 (Georgia) @nshapiro about 5 years ago 6
Measuring Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels, Indoor Air Quality @LukeS over 5 years ago 1
A proposal for a way to remediate indoor silica dust @marlokeno over 5 years ago 10
Biobubbler session at 2015 Public Lab Barnraiser @patcoyle almost 6 years ago 0
Aquarium Pump modifications for Durability & Flexibility @mathew almost 6 years ago 0
Formaldehyde Measurement: testing Public Lab's kit with DOH's equipment @gretchengehrke almost 6 years ago 12
FKit on the move @liz about 6 years ago 2
Where We Breathe Website Walkthrough @nshapiro about 6 years ago 5
My DIY Formaldehyde test kit @mathew about 6 years ago 6
False positives for Formaldehyde testing @mathew about 6 years ago 2
are there formaldehyde and other VOCs in my apartment @liz about 6 years ago 7
Borrowing a Formaldehyde Kit, Take 1 @mathew about 6 years ago 16
Mini-Buck vs. the Bubbles @mathew over 6 years ago 5
using soap bubbles for pump calibration @mathew over 6 years ago 21
Formaldehyde Testing Kit for Lending @mathew over 6 years ago 5
Community formaldehyde monitoring at natural gas compressor stations, protocol and data sheet @nshapiro over 6 years ago 5
Field Test of DIY formaldehyde testing and remediation kit @nshapiro over 6 years ago 5
DIY Formaldehyde Test Photo Card @warren over 6 years ago 38
DIY Formaldehyde Test Kit @nshapiro almost 7 years ago 64
Formaldehyde Sensing for Indoor air-pollution @sara over 9 years ago 12
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All wiki pages relating to air quality:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Indoor Air Quality about 1 year ago by bhamster 8 239 0
Air Quality Class over 2 years ago by warren 60 480 3
SmART-Form over 3 years ago by gretchengehrke 14 553 4
Formaldehyde almost 4 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 412 1
BioBroth Bubbler over 4 years ago by warren 3 711 0
Massachusetts Indoor Air almost 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 1 241 0
Oklahoma Indoor Air almost 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 2 151 0
Vermont Indoor Air almost 5 years ago by gretchengehrke 7 335 1
Formaldehyde Exposure over 5 years ago by nshapiro 42 1,434 5
Formaldehyde Test Kit almost 6 years ago by mathew 23 3,938 9
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring & Mitigation about 6 years ago by liz 48 1,839 12
WhereWeBreathe about 6 years ago by liz 24 627 6
Roomba Air Quality Monitoring over 6 years ago by Shannon 2 449 1

Regulations on indoor air quality

Federal regulations

Many of us spend a large portion of our time indoors, and yet indoor air quality remains largely unregulated at the federal level in the US [1]. For office buildings and other workplaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets rules on ventilation and some air pollutants [2], but there are no federal regulatory standards on indoor air quality for these spaces. In addition, the air we breathe inside our schools [3], homes, and apartment buildings also lacks federal air quality standards, leaving individual states to set their own rules.

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Local, tribal, or state regulations

The Environmental Law Institute maintains a searchable database of indoor air quality laws in individual US states here:

The US Environmental Protection Agency provides links to state, tribal, and regional indoor air quality programs here: