reduce scope room dustiness

April 15, 2014 at 11:17 am | | hardware

I installed this simple dust filter over the air input register in our microscope room to (hopefully) reduce some of the excess dust. It also has the benefit of directing the air flow away from the microscopes, so I hope it will also reduce sample drift.

dust cover

I’ll update you in a few months if it seems to be working.

UPDATE: I have a better solution now:


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  1. Looks nicer than the solution my lab at Yale Medical School used back in the 1990s: furnace type filters duct-taped over the air vents. The HVAC system at Sterling Hall of Medicine was full of crud!

    Comment by Matt Healy — May 26, 2014 #

  2. Matt, that was my back-up plan.

    Comment by sam — May 29, 2014 #

  3. Hello, how has it been working so far? thank you!

    Comment by shu jia — April 29, 2015 #

  4. Eh, not exceptionally well.

    Comment by sam — May 8, 2015 #

  5. Hello Sam,

    Could you explain why you think it is not so well? Thanks.


    Comment by Shu Jia — June 30, 2015 #

  6. The room still gets dusty.

    Comment by sam — July 9, 2015 #

  7. […] while ago, I installed a very simple filter for the air vent in our scope room. It barely did anything, honestly. The “filter” is nothing more than a very loose mesh […]

    Pingback by Everyday Scientist » update on scope room dustiness — August 26, 2016 #

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