Air pollution does not need to be introduced in 2021. With Diwali behind us now, the cracker burst and thatch burning underway in northern India means entire cities of Delhi at Lucknow in Kanpur are now covered in layers of smoke, reducing visibility and overall breathability. air in residential areas.
There are a number of air quality checker apps that you can use to find out the condition of your city. We are going to show you some of these apps that you can use in your city. However, first, let’s quickly recap how air quality is measured and what terms like AQI mean.
How is air quality measured?
Air quality is measured by taking into account a number of factors brought together on a uniform scale that helps citizens make sense of the data. This unifying number is the AQI or Air Quality Index.
AQI levels range from 0 to 500 degrees and show changes in the amount of pollution in the air. The IQA number tracks five main air pollutants: ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and airborne particles or aerosols such as PM2.5 and PM10.
IQA ratings can be measured in your area through services such as aqicn.org Where SAFAR India (Ssystem of Air Quality and Weather Fforecast Asd Rresearch).
Understanding AQI Levels
The lower the AQI rating in your area, the cleaner the air quality. Here is a quick table for all rating ranges. See the table below for more information.
IQA measurement services, applications
SAFAR (Ssystem of Air Quality and Weather Fforecast Asd Rresearch) India is a website that you can visit for detailed information directly from Ministry of Earth Sciences, Gouv. from India and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune. Users will get AQI level forecast and detailed information including PM10 and PM2.5 levels.
aqicn.org covers most major cities and other regions and derives its data from local official AQI data supply services.
Breezometer is a feature-rich app that can get your location data automatically or manually and display AQI information accordingly. In addition to this, there is also a real-time map view that allows you to quickly assess the air quality in neighboring areas.
The app also has an exposure tracking page which will keep track of any polluted areas you visit over time and maintain a personal chart of exposure levels. Users can also choose between LAQI (Local AQI) or BAQI (Breezometer AQI) data for more precise information.
Another great app that you can try is IQAir +. The app looks like a typical weather forecast app and will show you detailed AQI data along with a forecast for the next few days. There is also a map view here and you also get other data like wind speed, precipitation and weather.
A health recommendations section will also tell you what activities are encouraged and not recommended in your area depending on the conditions, including wearing a mask, exercising outdoors, and leaving windows open.
For those who don’t want detailed information on air pollution in their area, the default Google search app may be all you need. Simply search for “air quality near me” or “air quality in Mumbai (or any other city)” to quickly get AQI information for the places you are interested in.