The Effects of CO2

We all know the feeling: Sit too long in a stuffy, crowded lecture hall or conference room and many of us begin to feel drowsy or dull. This is probably because of high CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) levels in the air.  

High levels of CO2 affects cognitive function as it dilutes the oxygen level within an enclosed room. This decrease in oxygen concentration limits the bodies oxygen intake thus causing drowsiness, fatigue, and occasionally headaches.

To give some context,

Outdoor fresh air has a concentration of approximately 400PPM (Parts Per Million).
1000-2000PPM is where cognitive ability diminishes and/or drowsiness tends to show.
2000-5000PPM is often associated with headaches, sleepiness, and loss of concentration.

In one of our IAQ monitoring projects we evaluated an outdoor area as a baseline and multiple indoor classrooms to create a comparison. The CO2 level outdoors remained constant, whereas CO2 levels within the classrooms steadily rose and peaked as high as 2000PPM.

By installing our indoor air quality sensors, we were able to alert the teachers within the classrooms that the CO2 was high and they were able to take action and ensure that the students were safe and alert.In addition to CO2 monitoring, our units also monitor the following: PM2.5 (Particulate Matter 2.5),  PM10 (Particulate Matter 10), VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), temperature, and relative humidity.

Don’t risk limiting the productively of your students and/or staff, be proactive and contact us today to schedule a demo.