Clean heating for the healthy living - let's measure

This project is an awareness-raising campaign to curb waste incineration and use fuel properly. The recommendations, among other things, the purchase and placement of affordable air quality measuring device that measures the amount of airborne dust in the air, as well as information on temperature and humidity. In this way, residents can follow the changes in the air quality of their place of residence and Hungary on their own.

Bad air causes the premature death of nearly 13,000 people in Hungary every year. In Central and Eastern Europe, most air pollution comes from households, and this is due not only to inadequate insulation of houses but also to incineration. The air quality of Hungarian settlements regularly exceeds the health limit values, therefore legal proceedings are also pending against Hungary.

With the help of the measurement network, we get a more accurate picture of air pollution with regard to PM10 and PM2.5 size dust, and the processes can be observed even more in the municipal, national and European areas. More than 150 devices are already operating nationwide.

The devices complement and refine the measurements of the Measurement Network of the National Meteorological Service (OMSZ) with good efficiency. Clean Air Action Group would consider it a great success if the number of residential measuring devices increased by 100-200 next year. Of course, the two measurements are not of equal value, the latter device provides non-certified, non-accredited, informative data.

The measured data will soon be uploaded to metnet.hu, where temperature changes and wind directions can also be observed. The campaign is supported by the European Climate Foundation.

The KIT, the parts of the device, can be purchased in one piece from several places, including China, Poland on this site, or you can hunt down most of the parts in various electronics shops.
A Hungarian company sells the device assembled, and they have also added a little to the basic design: they have put a grid on both ends of the protective tube to prevent insects from moving in. The company's webshop is available here, sometimes orders are fulfilled immediately, sometimes within a few weeks, and the current price is 25.000 HUF.

You can find more information, description of the installation of the device in English and German here.

If you have ordered parts from a distant country or assembled them yourself from various electronics shops, we have made a video for you on how to assemble the device.

If you bought it pre-assembled from the Hungarian manufacturer, you just plug it in, configure it, register it and you can see the air quality in your environment as a member of the network.

Don't burn it!

In Hungary, most people burn garden waste (22% of all respondents), 13% household waste, 6% treated wood, and 6% rags, clothing and footwear. 3 percent burn plastics (in addition to household waste) and 1 percent burn rubber. Many people also burn household waste in open spaces (10 percent), treated wood (4 percent), clothing and footwear (3 percent) and plastics and rubber (2-2 percent).

Figure 1: What has been burnt in the household in the last few years? (Source: national representative opinion poll conducted by Kantar Hoffmann market research company on behalf of the Clean Air Action Group and the Hungarian Anti-Poverty Network)