#AirPollution: Best apps to check air quality, pollution levels
As winter sets in, air pollution continues to be a concern for people in Delhi and other parts of North India. Every now and then, the quality keeps deteriorating from 'poor' to 'severe' levels, creating a real gas chamber for people. But, there are some apps that could help you check these levels and take appropriate steps for minimum exposure. Let's take a look.
This particular app takes community reports to determine the estimated amount of particulate matter in the air. Then, according to the levels of these pollutants, it determines the Air Quality Index (AQI) and classifies it into categories ranging from 'good' and 'Moderate' to very 'unhealthy' and 'hazardous'. It even provides 7-day forecast to help you plan your schedule according to expected air quality levels.
Plume Air provides real-time air quality and weather reports with a timeline to see past levels and predictions for next 24 hours. You can plan your outdoor activities with this app and can also see detailed information on the pollutants that are present in your region. The app even provides daily notifications as well as alerts if the quality of air gets worse.
Airveda is another great for keeping a track on air quality. The app relies on a number of sources, including many from the Indian government, and picks up AQI from the closest air monitoring information. It provides real-time air pollution levels with regular alerts, four-day forecast, and informative content to keep you updated on the situation of pollution.
Though this app doesn't offer detailed information about pollutants present in the air, it does give a fair idea of the situation outdoors. Basically, it just gives you the air quality index for your location, along with a bunch of personalized recommendations to tackle the conditions. The app monitors air quality in real-time and even provides a map to look at other regions.