How to measure air quality outside

Measuring outdoor air quality is an important step in understanding the health of your environment. Outdoor air quality is affected by many factors, including industrial emissions, traffic pollution, natural disasters, etc. This article mainly introduces how to measure air quality outside and what sensors can be used in outdoor air quality detection.

Outdoor applications

How to measure air quality outside

  1. A simple way to measure outdoor air quality is to use the Air Quality Index (AQI). AQI is an index used to report air quality conditions based on the concentrations of several major pollutants such as PM2.5, PM10, ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Based on these indices, air quality can be divided into different levels to help the public understand air quality conditions and take corresponding protective measures.
  1. The measurement of outdoor air quality can also be achieved by using professional air quality monitoring equipment. These devices typically include sensors and data loggers capable of monitoring the concentration of various pollutants in real time and transmitting the data to data centers for analysis and processing. This type of equipment is typically used by governments or environmental groups to monitor air quality in a city or region.
  1. There are also some air quality monitor portables available for personal use. These instruments are usually small and lightweight and can be carried around to facilitate measurements in different environments. For example, some portable instruments can measure the concentration of PM2.5 and provide real-time data and alarm functions. These tools can help us better understand the air quality of our environment and take appropriate protective measures.
  1. In addition to professional equipment, individuals can also use some simple methods to get a preliminary understanding of outdoor air quality. For example, observing the color of the sky and the shape of clouds can provide some clues about air quality. Normally, if the air quality is good, the sky will show blue sky and white clouds; if the air quality is poor, the sky may be gray.
FS00802G (5)
Indoor air quality detector FS00802G

What sensors can be used in outdoor air quality testing?

  1. Particle Matter sensor (PM2.5 and PM10): used to detect particulate matter content in the air, including fine particles (less than 2.5 microns in diameter) and inhalable particles (less than 10 microns in diameter).
  1. Gas sensor: used to detect various gases, such as sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), nitrogen oxides (NOx), etc. These gases are one of the main components of air pollution.
  2.  Temperature And Humidity Sensor: Monitors the temperature and humidity of the air. These parameters can affect the diffusion and dilution of pollutants in the air.
  1. Ozone sensor: used to monitor the content of ozone in the air. Ozone is a harmful gas that has an impact on human health and the environment.
  2. Optical sensors: such as photoresistors and photodiodes, used to detect light intensity, which has an important impact on the formation and spread of certain pollutants.
  1. Wind speed and wind direction sensor: used to measure the speed and direction of wind, which has an important impact on the spread and diffusion of pollutants.
  1. Noise sensor: Used to monitor noise levels in the environment. Noise can also be considered a form of environmental pollution.

Measuring outdoor air quality is an important step in protecting health and the environment. By using a combination of various sensors to comprehensively monitor outdoor air quality and provide data support to relevant departments to develop effective air quality management measures.