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Indoor Air Quality

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Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable gas that can be carcinogenic to humans, and is a common additive to building materials and household products. Formaldehyde is also formed in the environment upon oxidation of a variety of hydrocarbons, including natural gas (methane). Symptoms of exposure to low concentrations of formaldehyde may include headache, nausea, throat and skin irritation, and exacerbated chemical sensitivity. For a quick summary of formaldehyde exposure basics, please see the ASTDR’s ToxFAQs for Formaldehyde. For much more in-depth information, please see the ASTDR’s Toxicological Profile for Formaldehyde.



Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What are health and environmental concerns for sewage smell in a home? @stevie over 2 years ago 3
Is there a correlation between humidity and particulates in the air? @sarasage almost 3 years ago 3
HOW do i find testing for air quality in my home - specifically for silica? @MaryBandy over 3 years ago 2
What are indoor air quality concerns related to nail salons? @stevie almost 5 years ago 7
Could local mining affect local radon levels? @stevie about 5 years ago 2
What happens if I inhale too much formaldehyde? @liz over 5 years ago 2
Can Bio-char products absorb CAFO gases like Hydrogen Sulfide or Ammonia? @zengirl2 over 6 years ago 3
What are ways to make DIY filters to remove particulate pollution from indoor air? @zengirl2 over 6 years ago 11
Methods for or experience measuring workplace hydrogen sulfide gas? @gretchengehrke almost 7 years ago 2
What kinds of toxins can be filtered by plants, and how do we know? @warren about 7 years ago 3
Has anyone used a radon test kit? @stevie over 7 years ago 4
What is the best options for mold testing? @nshapiro over 7 years ago 0
In the plant based air purifier, could airflow go the other way, using an unmodified pump? @warren over 7 years ago 9


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Research notes

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How to Monitor Indoor TVOC with Raspberry PI @Makepcb almost 3 years ago 1
Seeking an Air Research Curation Fellow @bhamster about 3 years ago 0
Can people make their own masks to protect from coronavirus? @joyofsoy over 4 years ago 4
Building Snake Plant Air Remediation kit in Bangalore, India @deeptalaxmibharadwaj over 4 years ago 3
An Insight on Indoor Air Pollutants: Factors, Sources & Pollutants. @silentsairam almost 5 years ago 3
Indoor microbiome sampler (vacuum adapter) @nshapiro about 5 years ago 2
Building a plant-based air purifier kit at Barnraising @warren over 5 years ago 8
#Next steps - Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Working progress & Prototypes 18/09/18 @cguerin over 5 years ago 1
SmART-FORM Badge Lighting Analysis Experiments @haines241 about 6 years ago 3
Indoor Air Remediation Kit—Paris Prototype and Workshop 2/2/18 @nshapiro over 6 years ago 5
Refining the user interface of a community science app @nshapiro over 6 years ago 5
Formaldehyde Monitoring Open Call on Tuesday, January 16th at 3:00 pm ET @nshapiro over 6 years ago 1
Low cost sensor for air quality monitoring @mprof9 over 6 years ago 4
Smartphone App for Residential Testing of Formaldehyde (SMART-FORM) Interim report @nshapiro almost 7 years ago 5


All wiki pages relating to air quality:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Indoor Air Quality almost 4 years ago by bhamster 8 514 0
Air Quality Class over 5 years ago by warren 60 680 3
SmART-Form over 6 years ago by gretchengehrke 14 742 4
Formaldehyde almost 7 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 646 1
BioBroth Bubbler about 7 years ago by warren 3 928 0
Massachusetts Indoor Air over 7 years ago by gretchengehrke 1 414 0
Oklahoma Indoor Air over 7 years ago by gretchengehrke 2 249 0
Vermont Indoor Air over 7 years ago by gretchengehrke 7 502 1
Formaldehyde Exposure about 8 years ago by nshapiro 42 1,891 5
Formaldehyde Test Kit over 8 years ago by mathew 23 4,644 9
Indoor Air Quality Monitoring & Mitigation almost 9 years ago by liz 48 2,475 12
WhereWeBreathe almost 9 years ago by liz 24 883 6
Roomba Air Quality Monitoring over 9 years ago by Shannon 2 579 1