Tian Chang1,2, Dongxiao Ren1, Zhenxing Shen 1,2, Yu Huang2, Jian Sun1, Junji Cao2, Jiyang Zhou1, Hongxia Liu1, Hongmei Xu1, Chunli Zheng1, Hua Pan1, Chi He1

  • 1 Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
  • 2 Key Lab of Aerosol Chemistry & Physics, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi’an 710049, China

Received: December 10, 2016
Revised: March 28, 2017
Accepted: April 26, 2017
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2016.12.0542  

Cite this article:
Chang, T., Ren, D., Shen, Z., Huang, Y., Sun, J., Cao, J., Zhou, J., Liu, H., Xu, H., Zheng, C., Pan, H. and He, C. (2017). Indoor Air Pollution Levels in Decorated Residences and Public Places over Xi’an, China. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 17: 2197-2205. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2016.12.0542


  • Investigated the status quo of indoor VOCs over a typical city of Northwest China.
  • Investigated the environmental factors influencing indoor VOCs quantificationally.
  • Analyzed the resources of indoor VOCs.
  • Compared the concentrations of VOCs in public places and these in residential rooms.
  • The relationship between the IAQ and ventilation time was evaluated.



To investigate the indoor air quality (IAQ) over Xi’an, the concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, o-xylene, p-xylene, n-butyl acetate, ethylbenzene, styrene, n-undecane, and total VOCs) in 471 residential rooms and 58 public rooms during 2014–2015 were determined. All the data were measured at a variety of 6–48 months after the decorations of these rooms. The results showed that formaldehyde was the most serious pollutant in almost all the monitored rooms. The concentrations of formaldehyde in residences and public places ranged from 0.02 mg m–3 to 0.45 mg m–3 and 0.05 mg m–3 to 0.32 mg m–3, respectively. And the concentration levels in the 83.6% selected residences and 44.8% public places exceeded the Chinese National Indoor Air Quality Standard (GB/T 18883-2002) of formaldehyde value (0.1 mg m–3). However, the TVOC concentrations in most sites were lower than the Chinese National Standard (GB/T 18883–2002) value. In residences, the formaldehyde and TVOC concentrations in bedrooms were slightly higher than those in living rooms and other rooms. The relationships among formaldehyde and TVOC concentrations with indoor temperature, relative humidity (RH), and decorative materials (curtain, wall decoration, wood floor, and panel furniture) were also investigated. Formaldehyde levels showed strong positive correlation with indoor temperature and RH. However, the TVOC levels had a relatively weak correlation with indoor air temperature and RH. The wall decoration and panel furniture were the main sources of indoor formaldehyde, while wood floor and panel furniture were the main sources of TVOC. In addition, indoor air pollution of three selected newly decorated houses with 11 rooms was monitored monthly for one year to evaluate the relationship between indoor pollution levels and ventilation time. It was found that the concentrations of formaldehyde and TVOC decreased with ventilation time, and the duration was one year after decoration especially after summer ventilation.

Keywords: Xi’an; Indoor air pollution; Formaldehyde; TVOC

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