Ever wonder what the air quality is like inside your home? If you live in California, here is a chance to find out. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a facility supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the University of California, is conducting an indoor air quality study, and looking for households to participate.
To qualify, participants must be at least 18 years old, have a smoke-free home in California, and be able to complete an interview about their home in English. The study will involve:
• Completing a screening survey and two interviews, each of which will last 10 to 30 minutes, over the phone
• Setting up a small package of air monitoring devices, and returning them to the lab (by mail) after one week, or allowing a research team to visit your home to set up and pick up the monitors.
Everyone selected to take part in the study will receive information about the air quality in their home, plus $75.
Researchers are hoping to gather information about the air quality in California homes, and especially about how natural gas appliances might impact air quality. The study will assess whether families are being exposed to air pollutants emitted by improperly functioning gas appliances.
Families interested in taking part in the study can complete a web-based form at healthyhomes.lbl.gov or call 510-517-2357.