Today was an exciting day for me because we conducted our own temperature and humidity audit in the LEED building of the Rosa Parks Apartments. How is this possible? Well, the airLab team came up with multiple experiments that can be tested with basic household materials like tissues. Yes, I said tissues. In order to see how the air travels between each room, we held tissues at the bottom of the doors. Depending on the movement we determined the direction of the airflow. Well the day wasn’t as easy as it sounds. We couldn’t determine temperature and humidity by just using our bodies, so we brought temperature and humidity sensors and placed one in each room. The locations of the sensors were discussed with professionals and we decided to put one on top of the kitchen cabinet because that is where the sensors from last year are currently installed.
We conducted other experiments to make it seem like it was occupied by a family, so we “showered” for 15 minutes and “cooked” for an hour. Okay, we didn’t really shower nor cooked but, we ran the shower and boiled water using the stove. The cooking experiment didn’t go so well because we tried boiling water for almost an hour but something was wrong with the electric stove. The reason why we conducted these certain experiments was because we wanted to see how the temperature and humidity would change due to these activities.
During these activities, some of us went to check for unusual smells in the hallways in each of the Rosa Parks Apartments because there has complaints about smells traveling into units from others. We thought we accomplished a lot today. Hopefully our experiments today will give us valuable information about how residents’ actions can change the unit.