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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.


Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What are indoor air quality concerns related to nail salons? @stevie 6 months ago 8
Could local mining affect local radon levels? @stevie 9 months ago 2
What happens if I inhale too much formaldehyde? @liz 12 months ago 4
Can Bio-char products absorb CAFO gases like Hydrogen Sulfide or Ammonia? @zengirl2 almost 2 years ago 3
What are ways to make DIY filters to remove particulate pollution from indoor air? @zengirl2 about 2 years ago 12
Methods for or experience measuring workplace hydrogen sulfide gas? @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago 2
What kinds of toxins can be filtered by plants, and how do we know? @warren over 2 years ago 3
Has anyone used a radon test kit? @stevie about 3 years ago 4
What is the best options for mold testing? @nshapiro about 3 years ago 0
In the plant based air purifier, could airflow go the other way, using an unmodified pump? @warren over 3 years ago 9

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Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Building Snake Plant Air Remediation kit in Bangalore, India @deeptalaxmibharadwaj about 2 months ago 3
An Insight on Indoor Air Pollutants: Factors, Sources & Pollutants. @silentsairam 5 months ago 2
Indoor microbiome sampler (vacuum adapter) @nshapiro 8 months ago 3
Building a plant-based air purifier kit at Barnraising @warren about 1 year ago 8
#Next steps - Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Working progress & Prototypes 18/09/18 @cguerin over 1 year ago 1
SmART-FORM Badge Lighting Analysis Experiments @haines241 almost 2 years ago 3
Build a plant-based air purifier @nshapiro almost 2 years ago 19
Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Prototype and Workshop 2/2/18 @nshapiro almost 2 years ago 5
Refining the user interface of a community science app @nshapiro almost 2 years ago 5
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro about 2 years ago 1
Low cost sensor for air quality monitoring @mprof9 about 2 years ago 4
Smartphone App for Residential Testing of Formaldehyde (SMART-FORM) Interim report @nshapiro over 2 years ago 6
INDOOR AIR QUALITY REMEDIATION KIT @cguerin over 2 years ago 3
A kit to design your own formaldehyde experiment? @warren almost 3 years ago 25
Public Lab awarded NSF funding to help develop low-cost community formaldehyde monitoring technique @nshapiro over 3 years ago 2
What kind/size of microdust does activated carbon give off & how much of a concern is it? @jfrankamp over 3 years ago 2
Snake Plant Air Remediation Build & Partial Teardown @jfrankamp over 3 years ago 9
Air-Crafting: Teaching Atmospheric Attunements with Plant Air Purifiers in Davis, California @PIAO over 3 years ago 0
Plant Air Remediation Field Test #2 (Georgia) @nshapiro over 3 years ago 6
Measuring Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels, Indoor Air Quality @LukeS over 3 years ago 0
A proposal for a way to remediate indoor silica dust @marlokeno about 4 years ago 10
Biobubbler session at 2015 Public Lab Barnraiser @patcoyle about 4 years ago 0
Aquarium Pump modifications for Durability & Flexibility @mathew about 4 years ago 0
Formaldehyde Measurement: testing Public Lab's kit with DOH's equipment @gretchengehrke over 4 years ago 12
FKit on the move @liz over 4 years ago 2
Where We Breathe Website Walkthrough @nshapiro over 4 years ago 5
My DIY Formaldehyde test kit @mathew over 4 years ago 6
False positives for Formaldehyde testing @mathew over 4 years ago 2
are there formaldehyde and other VOCs in my apartment @liz over 4 years ago 7
Borrowing a Formaldehyde Kit, Take 1 @mathew over 4 years ago 16
Mini-Buck vs. the Bubbles @mathew over 4 years ago 5
using soap bubbles for pump calibration @mathew over 4 years ago 21
Formaldehyde Testing Kit for Lending @mathew over 4 years ago 5
Community formaldehyde monitoring at natural gas compressor stations, protocol and data sheet @nshapiro over 4 years ago 2
Field Test of DIY formaldehyde testing and remediation kit @nshapiro over 4 years ago 5
DIY Formaldehyde Test Photo Card @warren almost 5 years ago 38
DIY Formaldehyde Test Kit @nshapiro about 5 years ago 64
Formaldehyde Sensing for Indoor air-pollution @sara about 8 years ago 12
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All wiki pages relating to air quality:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
SmART-Form almost 2 years ago by gretchengehrke 14 408 4
Formaldehyde over 2 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 261 1
BioBroth Bubbler over 2 years ago by warren 3 549 0
Massachusetts Indoor Air over 3 years ago by gretchengehrke 1 152 0
Oklahoma Indoor Air over 3 years ago by gretchengehrke 2 106 0
Vermont Indoor Air over 3 years ago by gretchengehrke 7 208 1
Formaldehyde Exposure over 3 years ago by nshapiro 42 941 5
Formaldehyde Test Kit about 4 years ago by mathew 23 2,550 9
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring & Mitigation over 4 years ago by liz 48 1,110 12
WhereWeBreathe over 4 years ago by liz 24 437 6
Roomba Air Quality Monitoring almost 5 years ago by Shannon 2 259 1