During the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is important now, more than ever before, to understand and properly monitor indoor air quality (IAQ) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in your home. Nowadays, few individuals may realize that Carbon dioxide (CO2) is around us everywhere, as we constantly exhale it throughout the day - yet sometimes disregard its potential effects on us, especially in enclosed environments.
Although the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that we exhale individually, is very small, a large home setting with 5-10 people will add over one extra cubic meter of carbon dioxide every hour. Due to this rise in concentration, many studies have shown that too much carbon dioxide (CO2) can quickly lead to severe negative health effects if not properly monitored and mitigated with fresh air. In addition, the effects of too much CO2 can play a critical role in one's overall health and may include symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, restlessness, and nausea.
It is also important to remember, that at all times, CO2 is colorless, odorless, and tasteless - individuals can not see its presence in home environments with the human eye. This is why quality CO2 monitoring is so critical in mitigating the risk of potential CO2 exposure.
In fact, many homeowners might tend to experience a certain "slump" after eating around the dinner table with family. Some believe those effects should be labeled as the "too much to eat" symptom. However, this feeling that you are experiencing is actually due to the negative side effects of poor indoor air quality in your home.
So, how can we monitor and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) during the pandemic? Especially with the current restrictions and lockdown that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has on all of our families and loved ones, today.
CO2Meter is recognized as an integral resource when it comes to the topic of "CO2" and we have provided a few simple steps below to help you take action and improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) during a time that has set the standard for social distancing and indoor home confinement.
For your home, it is essential to get the outdoor air moving inside. Opening doors and windows as much as possible to ventilate the space is vital. Not only can opening windows help ventilate the space in your home, but it also allows fresh air to be added into the space and contaminants to be filtered out.
An added bonus? Many of us also have been cleaning our homes surfaces a little more strongly than before and it is important also to ventilate regularly when using chemical cleaners and disinfectants!
2. Keep the Air Clean
Keeping your air and home clean can be easily achieved with the help of an indoor air quality (IAQ) monitor. An average Carbon Dioxide (CO2) monitor can accurately and repeatedly measure the amount of Carbon Dioxide, as well as potentially include monitoring for temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, and particulate matter.
What makes a carbon dioxide (co2) indoor air quality monitor so beneficial in improving IAQ, is that it is able to monitor the air quality in real-time, ensuring that if higher than normal levels occur, the user is instantly notified by audible and visual alarm settings further indicating to properly ventilate the space.
CO2Meter also offers devices that can automatically control your HVAC system to bring in the additional fresh air.
3. Air Filter Maintenance
Many experts in the HVAC industry continually recommend homeowners to change the air filters in their central air conditioner or furnace each month.
In doing so, you are not only eliminating contaminants from disrupting the clean air around you, but you are also ridding potential mold from building in your HVAC system.
No one else but you can have a direct impact on improving your overall indoor air quality (IAQ) unless you share your knowledge with those around you so they too can understand the nest steps towards improvement.
In addition, be mindful that although a new paint touchup in the living room could be a great idea or binge-watching that Netflix documentary might sound fun, it is important to also be aware of the air you breathe in and time spent in enclosed spaces, especially over a prolonged period of time.
Understanding the importance of carbon dioxide levels and poor indoor air quality is the first step to improving an individuals' overall well being and performance in any indoor air environment.
Coronavirus or not, improving the quality of the air you breathe is beneficial for not only yourself but your families and those around you.
Breathe easy today, knowing that with the helpful tips above you can be on your way to a healthier, improved, and more vibrant - you.