I have today, just installed an indoor air quality monitor (M. Fawcett) in my kitchen, and these are my first impressions.
My kitchen is south facing and is used to propagate plants. I am currently working from home on a computer with two monitors and have had toast and a couple of cups of tea. It is 12.30pm and I have switched the air monitor unit on, and the initial readings are below. My partner entered the room not long after and comments that the air is a little stuffy, so I open one window a little and look at the monitor 15 minutes later- results below.
||Window open 15minutes
|Air Quality score (X/100)
I have been in the room since 8 am and noticed it was warm, but it was indeed “a bit stuffy” with high humidity and CO2 (see numbers). Venting the room through one of 4 windows for 15 minutes has significantly changed the composition with a small temperature drop but a huge reduction in humidity and CO2 and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The negative is the increase in particulates (dust, pollen, pollution?) above Global pollution index. I have sneezed a couple of times so pollen is a part of the increase in particulates (should have considered MVHR). I can feel the change in the room.
Initial verdict- very informative, I have seen an increase in particulates as rush hour has started 3.30pm (early as the football is on), I would love to see a rudimentary separation of the particulates. I am interested to see what happens when we start splashing the bleach about the house!!?