PM10 vs PM2.5 – The Difference in Particle Air Pollution

Does size matter? The difference between PM10 and P 2.5 is size. But let me back up. “PM” refers to particulate matter—particles in the air. Those particles are things like organic dust, airborne bacteria, construction dust, and coal particles from power plants (for example, check out this study from researchers in Shanghai who analyzed what […]

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Reducing Formaldehyde: 3 Things You Need to Know About Formaldehyde (Part 3)

  Amid all the noise about chemicals in the home, these are three scientific, data-backed ways to reduce formaldehyde in the home. Once you’ve understood how to assess formaldehyde in your home and why testing machines are unreliable, here’s how you can act to reduce formaldehyde. Method 1: Open a window, since outdoor air has virtually […]

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Formaldehyde Detectors are Fake: 3 Things to Know About Formaldehyde (Part 1)

Lots of companies will sell you formaldehyde detectors, but a simple test you can do at home will reveal they are fakes. Formaldehyde detectors routinely react to lots of common gases that are not formaldehyde, making the numbers basically impossible to interpret. Given that unfortunate fact, here’s what you can do to test formaldehyde in […]

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Plants Have No Detectable Air Purification Effect

Despite the popular conception that plants are purifiers, plants have no detectable effect on particle or gas pollutants, according to the latest test data from real-world homes.   Belief that plants are effective air purifiers is widespread. Arguably the most frequently cited evidence is the NASA study on plants. It feels scientific, authoritative. This page cites it, this page, this page. […]

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Activated carbon air purifier VOC

Does adding a carbon layer reduce particulate effectiveness?

I recently published tests showing that carbon actually removes VOCs. But adding that carbon layer raises a question: adding carbon means the fan has to power through yet another layer of resistance. Does that make purifier less effective at removing particulates? Test Method To test this question, I ran 10 room tests with the Cannon and […]

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