Indoor Air Pollution

Would Your Home Pass An Environmental Test?

Would Your Home Pass An Environmental Test?

As my long term readers know, I’m slightly obsessed with our air pollution issues, and my therapy is to blog about it. (After these last couple days of “beyond index” pollution, I need this outlet more than ever!) I also love [...]

Alen Air Purifiers Battle IQAir and Blueair

Update: check out my follow up review including Airgle, plus my newer review of two dozen top air purifier models in China. We’ve just survived yet another winter night with the US Embassy’s air pollution AQI maxed out “beyond index” over 500, so it’s again [...]

Fight “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution — Cheaply

Fight “Crazy Bad” Air Pollution — Cheaply

Students and others with limited incomes shouldn’t feel helplessly left out of the eternal expat discussion regarding air purifiers. I mentioned before but will stress again, given the recent weather: there’s a very decent and affordable Taiwan/U.S.A.-made HEPA air purifier [...]

Blueair vs. IQAir Purifiers: And The Winner Is…

Blueair vs. IQAir Purifiers: And The Winner Is…

Update: check out my follow up reviews including Airgle vs. Blueair and IQAirand Alen Air vs. Blueair and IQAir plus my newer review of two dozen top air purifier models in China. Beijing’s internet forums are always filled with heated debates as to which air purifier [...]

Air Quality in Beijing: BON TV Talk Show, Part 2

Here’s part two of that interview on BON TV’s Easy China talk show, discussing air pollution in Beijing. Part 1 is here. Highlights of part 2: myths of air pollution(4:00); children’s risks (8:00); indoor air treatments (9:00); air purifier quality (19:30); The [...]

Indoor Plants: Natural Air Purifiers

Indoor Plants: Natural Air Purifiers

Are you aware that certain plants can act as natural air purifiers? Indoor air pollution is a serious problem in many communities, especially in cities. But there are also issues with indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde or varnishes that can [...]

Plants Can Improve Indoor Air

Plants Can Improve Indoor Air

I’ve talked a lot about indoor air quality, and I’m happy to report that Beijing Kids has an excellent post this week about indoor plants. They discuss a short video from the TED Conference series; this presentation discusses three common [...]

Air Pollution: What About Indoor Air?

Air Pollution: What About Indoor Air?

I’ve previously discussed outdoor pollution, a common worry for expats. Less commonly discussed but possibly more concerning is indoor air pollution. It’s important to realize that a poorly ventilated house can have more dangerous air than outdoor air — especially [...]

Air Pollution: How Bad Is It, Really?

Air Pollution: How Bad Is It, Really?

This is definitely one of the top 10 issues that expats discuss, even before they arrive here. Yes, the air quality is an issue, but it’s important to review the facts as well. Blue Air Days First, subjectively and objectively, [...]

Pollution: Close Your Windows at Night

Pollution: Close Your Windows at Night

Website: AMFIC – Air Quality Bulletin – 空气质量公告. Beijing’s air pollution has definitely improved over the past year, but there is still a long way to go before they meet WHO criteria for healthy air. The usual standard is to [...]