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Why homeowners should be tracking CO2 levels in their homes

2 minute read

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CO₂ in the air might not sound that alarming, considering it is a gas we release every time we exhale, which is why not many homeowners or renters are currently monitoring the CO₂ levels in their homes. But in some conditions, like in small, airtight rooms or in poorly ventilated spaces, CO₂ levels can rise to alarming levels in the air we breathe. 

Exposure to high concentrations of CO₂ can negatively impact overall comfort and quality of life. But a CO₂ air quality monitor is easy for homeowners and renters to track CO₂ levels and ensure a healthy and breathable living space. Here's why you should start monitoring the CO₂ in your home: 

Why do I have CO₂ in my home?

The CO₂ indoors comes from a combination of carbon emissions, mostly straggling into the home from outside pollution and ourselves when we exhale. Over the years, homes have become more insulated so that home dwellers can better maintain their home's climate. But most ventilation systems recycle air to conserve energy, which moves contaminated air around rather than bringing in the fresh air, resulting, at times, in high CO₂ levels and poor indoor air quality.  

Is CO₂ affecting my health?

High levels of CO₂ can affect health. After all, we exhale CO₂ and are not meant to breathe it back. Headaches, dizziness, restlessness, sweating, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, asphyxia, and convulsions have all been associated with elevated CO₂ concentrations. Suppose you suffer from any of these symptoms while at home; it could be CO₂ in the air. Use an indoor air quality monitor in your home to quickly detect if CO₂ levels are too high.   

Is CO₂ affecting my productivity?

 Productivity at home can also take a hit if exposed to high CO₂ levels. A study coming from the UK found that employees' work performance drastically declined in workplaces where CO₂ concentration was too high. CO₂ can directly affect our brain's ability to process thoughts leading to slower and poorer decision-making. If you find it hard to cope with workloads and stress, especially when at home, measure the CO₂ in your home, it could be why you're feeling lazy. 

Is CO₂ affecting my sleep?

Yes, it most probably is. Poor ventilation in rooms is a common cause of high levels of CO₂ and could be why you have difficulty falling asleep. Many sleep with their door closed, windows shut, and AC running all night - creating a hub for air to remain unventilated throughout the night, leaving you feeling stuffy. Tracking V levels in the bedrooms can help improve sleeping conditions by sensing areas to keep air circulation more open and let you know when to clean your room's AC filters. 

How can I reduce high levels of CO₂ in my home? 

You can quickly and easily reduce the CO₂ levels in your home by tracking CO₂ in the first place by using an indoor air quality tester. Sensibo's indoor air quality tester is an excellent indoor air quality monitoring device that can track CO₂ and delicate particulate matter in your home.

This can help identify levels in fast and small corners of your home that lack proper ventilation. The Sensibo Air Quality Sensor gives users an overall indoor air quality score (IAQ score) which reflects not only CO₂ tracking levels but all fine particulate matter and pollutants in the home. Sensibo's IAQ tester also sends alerts and notifications to users' smartphones, so homeowners and renters are always on top of their home's indoor air quality.  

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