Pittsburgh Has a Particle Pollution Problem
The air quality in Pittsburgh is among the worst in the country, but you can protect the air you breathe in your home. ROCIS presents the following overview of particle pollution and what you can do about it indoors.
First, a recap of the problem:
What is particle pollution?
- Particles are a major category of air pollution found outdoors and indoors, resulting from many different processes including burning fuel and atmospheric chemical reactions. The chemical makeup of particle pollution varies, and the particles can bind to other kinds of air pollutants.
Why does particle pollution matter? Read the presentation below to find out more:
Particle Pollution Solutions
There are many solutions that can minimize indoor particles, at a range of associated costs. Some solutions only require a change in habits. Other solutions require investing in a new appliance or hiring a professional.
Filter your Indoor Air Using a Homemade Filter Fan
- Consider using a DIY filter fan made from a furnace filter taped to a box fan. These homemade air filtration devices can be very effective and cost a fraction of portable air cleaners. Instructions for making a DIY filter fan are available here.
Consider indoor and outdoor air quality when opening windows
Purchase a portable air cleaner
- Invest in a correctly-sized portable air cleaner with a HEPA filter, and run it continuously. Read the EPA’s guide to air cleaners in the home: Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home
Complete an air handler intervention
Purchase a range hood
Skeptical about whether these solutions can actually make a difference?
“Our house is on the southern border of Mt. Lebanon next to a small woods…Most of the time, the air looks and smells OK. If I didn’t have measurement tools, I wouldn’t know it is not very healthy most of the time.” – Preston, ROCIS participant