Learn more about air quality and its impact from our scientists and experts

Learn more about air quality and its impact from our scientists and experts


Air Quality 101

What are global air quality standards?

The WHO standard for PM2.5 is 10 mg/m3 annual average and 25 mg/m3 24-hour average.

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What is air and why do we need it?

We breathe 11,000 litres of air everyday. Air is vital for all humans, animals, and plants to live.

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Why is air quality important?

Outdoor air quality affects indoor air quality. 9/10 of the world’s population don’t meet WHO standards. Jakarta’s PM levels are 6x higher than WHO standards.

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Why is breathing polluted air dangerous?

4.2 million people die from outdoor air pollution annually. Air pollution can cause illnesses and worsen health conditions. 

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What influences air quality?

Air quality is influenced by the climate, weather, geography and manmade activities.

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How far does air pollution travel?

While air pollution is usually worse around the sources of pollution, particles in the air can also travel surprisingly long distances and even across entire oceans. 

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What is PM2.5 and why does it matter?

PM2.5 are particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns of less. They come from both natural and human sources and can cause serious health problems. 

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Is PM2.5 bad for my health?

PM2.5 makes pre-existing health problems worse, increases the rate of illness progression and even leads to death. 

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Why is air quality data important?

Data is power - it helps us reduce our air pollution exposure, helps our government determine better policies and helps us better manage our air quality. 

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What is Air Quality Index (AQI)?

The AQI is an index divided into 6 categories: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy and hazardous. 

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How is Jakarta’s air quality?

Jakarta’s air quality has significantly worsened since 2017. The average Jakarta resident loses 4.8 years in life expectancy.

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Is PM2.5 dangerous for pregnant women?

Air pollution causes problems in the placenta, premature birth and low birth weight. 

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Is PM2.5 dangerous for children?

PM2.5 leads to allergies and asthma in kids, negatively affects intellectual development and reduces lung function in children. 

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Is PM2.5 bad for my skin?

PM2.5 causes skin irritation, can worsen eczema, speeds up the aging process and can lead to skin cancer. 

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Is PM2.5 dangerous for elderly people?

Air pollution is the leading contributor to early mortality among the elderly. 

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What about exercise and air quality?

We breathe in more air when we’re exercising. It’s safest to exercise when the AQI color is green or yellow. 

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How can I protect myself and my family from air pollution?

Checking the AQI levels and taking the necessary precautions when the air quality is bad reduces our exposure to air pollution.

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What causes indoor air pollution?

Many Factors Impact Indoor Air Quality

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Why should we monitor air quality at home?

Monitoring Our Air Quality Is Like A Health Check Up

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Everything you need to know about indoor air purification.

Air Purifiers Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Does indoor pollution affect my children?

Children Are The Most At Risk From Air Pollution

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How outdoor air gets inside our homes

Living in a tropical country like Indonesia, good ventilation in our homes is important. When implemented correctly, good air flow through windows, doors, and wall vents helps control temperature and humidity. This makes it more comfortable for the people who live there. 

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5 myths about outdoor air quality

There are many myths about outdoor air quality, so it is important to sort the facts from the fiction. Here are some of the most common myths:

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4 myths about indoor air quality

Indoor air quality is always better than outdoor air quality

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Breathing difficulties at night?

We already know that air pollution has a serious impact on our health. But did you know it can also affect our quality of sleep?

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How does indoor air quality affect the spread of COVID-19?

In September and November 2020, some of the world’s most respected researchers on air pollution and air quality published their research about how COVID-19 spreads. They worked together with the US Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization to deliver recommendations to the global scientific community. 

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Our Blog

How nafas gathers air quality data

The Airly PM2.5 sensor was designed and manufactured in the European Union. Built from stainless steel, the sensor was specifically built to be installed in outdoor locations to measure the various pollutants that make up the air that we breathe.

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How Air Pollution Reduces Life Expectancy - The Air Quality Life Index

The Air Quality Life Index was developed by EPIC, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago as a way to prove to us that air pollution is the world’s leading threat to life expectancy.

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August Air Quality

Key takeaways and trends from the air quality data we collected from 46 locations across 10 regions in the Greater Jakarta Area. The average air quality in August was 153, unhealthy and the WHO standards were not met for any sensor, any day.

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Air Quality in The Greater Jakarta Area Improves During PSBB: 5 Key Takeaways from 48 Ground Sensors

Unprecedented air pollution reductions were made earlier this year when the world went into strict COVID-19 lockdown. During this time, the PM2.5 levels in New Delhi were slashed by 60%, Seoul by 54% and Wuhan by 44%. Global media reported unfamiliar blue skies in the world’s most polluted cities, including in Jakarta.

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November 2020: Jabodetabek Air Quality Report

The air quality in November is relatively good compared to previous months.

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3 tips to maximize your nafas experience

You’ve downloaded the app. You can see the air quality numbers from over 90 sensors. Now what? 

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