Negative Ions aka Anions
The best negative ion generators will list their ion output in the millions per second and specifically state that they don’t produce ozone (or under the safe 0.05 ppm CDC limit). If they don’t, then consider them suspect.
We are using computers more and more in our daily life. Unfortunately, they are strong emitters of harmful positive ions that can make us tired, tense and irritable.
Positive ions generated from your PC or laptop may even affect your respiratory and immune systems.
The air is full of negative ions in springtime, and not in the winter
Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants.
Showering can be cure
Every home has a built in natural ionizer - the shower.
Negative Ion Light Bulb?
The Window is your true friend but trust it with wisdom. It actually doesn’t need to be open for a long time 10-20min per session, 3-4 times per day during winter. In summer I personally leave some windows always open.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) – See the Air Sanseverija (indijansko pero, svekrvin jezik)
Measuring Air Quality
Foobot, Awair, AirMentor, Netatmo: exactly the same Sharp dust sensor
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air, a trait known as volatility. For example, formaldehyde, which evaporates from paint, has a boiling point of only –19 °C (–2 °F).
Air Quality Laser Sensonrs:
Sharp’s GP2Y1010AUOF dust sensor for real-time detection Are in essence identical GP2Y1010AU
Plantower PMS3003 Wifi Connected to internet? Build an air quality monitor |
Temperature & Humidity Sensors
- Sensirion (Swiss Company), models DHT11 (Temperature) and DHT22 (Humidity)
I have bought:
When to open windows?
The only consistent high quality air window was from about 05 to 10 in the morning (AM).
Air Quality Tester Manual
Model: WP6910 Air Quality Tester
Standard display shows, top to bottom:
HCHO = Formaldehyde in mg/m3 PM2.5 = see below TVOC = Total Volatile Organic Compounds = Gases (Benzene) in mg/m3
HCHO and TVOC are in mg/m3 So we must multiply with 1000 to get μg/m3, if needed. Example: 0.290 mg/m3 = 290 μg/m3 (x 1000)
What are PM?
Fn, it will display top to bottom: PM1 / PM2.5 / PM10, where PM1 is the smallest and most dangerous particles.
Good PM values are:
PM1 < 25 µg/m3, PM2.5 < 25 µg/m3, PM10 < 50 µg/m3
What is HCHO?
HCHO: Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas. It is used to make building materials and household products. Formaldehyde is used to make walls, cabinets, and furniture.
Smoking, pressed wood, and particle board have all been shown to be sources of formaldehyde.
Low risk (Good): 0.01 ppm = 0.0125 mg/m3 Mid risk (Avg): 0.1 ppm = 0.125 mg/m3 High rish (Bad): 1 ppm = 1.25 mg/m3
If your reading falls into the intermediate range, your risk of irritation from formaldehyde exposure is lower, but it is still important to take steps to reduce your formaldehyde exposure.
To simplify: HCHO over 0.10 mg/m3 is bad. Over 0.30 mg/m3 is ALARM!
1 ppm = 1.25 mg/m3 1 mg/m3 = 0.8 ppm (at 20 °C and 1013 hPa)
What is TVOC?
HCHO/TVOC must be calibrated. On fresh air (outdoor) for around 10 minutes, and then press middle button for 3 seconds. HCHO outdoor is usually 0. PM must not be calibrated - it is laser particle counting.