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Air Quality

TagLast edit: 17 May 2022 12:07 UTC by jp

Poor Air Quality can reduce cognitive functioning[1], lifespans[2] and the techniques to improve air quality are also useful for getting rid of aerosolized respiratory pathogens. Improving air quality can be an impactful global health intervention.[3] Many members of the LessWrong community have also put effort into improving the air quality of their own homes or offices, as an implication of instrumental rationality.

Newer Green buildings are infamous among those who care about this topic for being excellently sealed, meaning that they have less interchange with outside air. This is good for energy efficiency, but bad for indoor air quality.

The Carbon Dioxide Debate

Mostly when people talk about air quality, they’re talking about particulates and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). However, some studies have tried to look at carbon dioxide alone, and have found large effects on cognition. It is this wiki author’s belief that better studies have failed to find anything close to the size of the original effect, if anything.[2:1][4]

External Links


  1. Künn et. al ↩︎

  2. Juginovic et. al ↩︎ ↩︎

  3. Alexander Berger on the 80,000 Hours Podcast (link goes to transcript or audio) ↩︎

  4. Eight Hundred Slight Poisoned Word Games by Scott Alexander ↩︎

Air Qual­ity and Cognition

chw8 Apr 2021 21:42 UTC
28 points
4 comments15 min readLW link

What is up with car­bon diox­ide and cog­ni­tion? An offer

paulfchristiano23 Apr 2016 17:47 UTC
83 points
49 comments2 min readLW link

Eight Hun­dred Slightly Poi­soned Word Games

Scott Alexander9 Aug 2021 20:17 UTC
106 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

Ceiling Air Purifier

jefftk30 May 2022 19:20 UTC
69 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Bet­ter air is the eas­iest way not to die

digital_carver28 Apr 2021 10:24 UTC
23 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(dynomight.net)

BIDA Air Qual­ity Measurements

jefftk16 May 2022 14:00 UTC
19 points
9 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

[Question] Does turn­ing on the shower help re­duce wild­fire smoke in the air?

cauliflower13 Sep 2020 2:39 UTC
1 point
8 comments1 min readLW link

Work­day Air Qual­ity Measurements

jefftk18 May 2022 2:10 UTC
18 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

MERV Filters for Covid?

jefftk25 May 2022 1:50 UTC
34 points
9 comments4 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Test­ing Air Purifiers

jefftk25 May 2022 23:50 UTC
33 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Eval­u­at­ing a Corsi-Rosen­thal Filter Cube

jefftk20 Jun 2022 19:40 UTC
13 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)
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