The spatial and temporal variations in PM10 mass from six UK homes

K. A. BéruBé, K. J. Sexton, T. P. Jones, T. Moreno, S. Anderson, R. J. Richards

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    People spend the majority of their time indoors mostly in the domestic environment, where their health may be effected by significant airborne particulate pollution. The indoor/outdoor air quality at six homes in Wales and Cornwall was investigated, based on different locations (urban, suburban, rural) and household characteristics (smokers, non-smokers). The spatial and temporal variations in PM10 mass were monitored for a calendar year, including ambient weather conditions. The activities of individuals within a household were also recorded. Monitoring of PM10 took place inside (kitchen, living room, bedroom) homes, along with concomitant collections outdoors. Samples were subjected to gravimetric analysis to determine PM10 concentrations and examined by scanning electron microscopy to identify the types of particles present on the filters. The results of the study show there are greater masses of PM10 indoors, and that the composition of the indoor PM10 is controlled by outdoor sources, and to a lesser extent by indoor anthropogenic activities, except in the presence of tobacco smokers. The indoor and outdoor PM10 collected was characterised as being a heterogeneous mixture of particles (soot, fibres, sea salt, smelter, gypsum, pollen and fungal spores). © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-53
    Number of pages12
    JournalScience of the Total Environment
    Issue number1-3
    Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2004


    • Environmental tobacco smoke
    • Indoor air quality
    • Particles
    • PM10
    • Respiratory disease
    • Scanning electron microscopy


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