Air Sensors

## Choosing Sensors Often the first step is to look for a sensor for what you're hoping to measure. In the community posts below, we're collecting info on different kinds of air quality sensors, and their: * cost * sensitivity/accuracy * links and documentation Can you afford a sensor? Can it detect what you're looking for? Where can you learn more about it? <br> ### Posts about choosing and evaluating an air sensor [notes:grid:air-sensor-eval] <br> ### Expected ranges and useful detection limits for pollutants of interest This [table](https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/air_sensors_webinar_slides_06-29-16.pdf) from an EPA [Air Quality Monitoring and Community Science webinar](https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/air_sensors_webinar_slides_06-29-16.pdf) lists the six criteria air pollutants and a couple additional pollutants, with background levels you might see in the environment in the “Range to Expect” column and useful detection limits for sensors. <img style="width: 80%; height: 80%" src="https://publiclab.org/i/41935?s=o" alt="pollutant ranges"> **** ## Wikis about air sensors [wikis:air-sensors] <br> ## Air sensor projects Public Lab pages and posts tagged `air-sensor-projects` will appear here [nodes:air-sensor-projects] <br> ## Questions [questions:air-sensors] <br> <hr> ## Further reading and resources + Environmental consultant Tim Dye’s “[4 questions to ask before buying an air quality sensor](http://tdenviro.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/4-questions-when-buying-air-sensors.pdf)” neatly summarizes what to consider when choosing an air sensor. + [Snuffle.org](http://www.snuffle.org/doku.php?id=start): lots of information on low-cost sensors for various air pollutants. + [Air Quality Sensor Performance Evaluation Center (AQ-SPEC)](http://www.aqmd.gov/aq-spec/evaluations): from the South Coast Air Quality Management District, this program tests and evaluates air sensors “in the field, under ambient conditions, and in the laboratory under controlled environmental conditions.” + [Air Sensor Toolbox](https://www.epa.gov/air-sensor-toolbox): from the US Environmental Protection Agency, this toolbox includes guidance on how to use air sensors and their data, plus information on sensor performance and evaluation results. ...

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Air-polluting gases and monitoring methods /wiki/air-polluting-gases-and-monitoring-methods 3 months ago by fongvania 4 46 1
Simple Air Sensor /wiki/simple-air-sensor 11 months ago by a1ahna 47 2,316 6
PurpleAir /wiki/purpleair over 1 year ago by joyofsoy 16 8,030 2
MACA /wiki/maca over 3 years ago by nanocastro 4 589 5
pDR-1500 /wiki/pdr-1500 over 4 years ago by mathew 6 990 2
MiniVol TAS Particulate Matter Monitor /wiki/minivol over 2 years ago by Bronwen 45 2,400 1
Optical Monitoring of Particulate Matter /wiki/optical-pm over 1 year ago by stevie 24 4,562 4
DustDuino /wiki/dustduino 10 months ago by bhamster 27 6,078 7