What is Carbon Dioxide (CO2)?

Carbon Dioxide is a natural bi-product produced by combustion of wood, carbohydrates and carbon and hydrocarbon-rich fossil fuels such as coal, peat, petroleum and natural gas. When exposed to CO2, it can harm ones health and have negative symptoms including respitory problems, coughing, irritation of the eyes and throat, and more.


What is in my house that can produce harmful levels of CO2?

Commonly, we burn fossil fuels on a frequent, regular basis, and therefore release bi-products into the air. Humans have developed a way of separating heat from CO2 and then put that CO2 into the atmosphere, along with other harmful bi-products like carbon dioxide(CO), formaldehydes, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The most popular device used to employ this method is our furnace. A furnace uses a heat exchanger to extract the heat, warm up the air inside the furnace and then deliver/disperse that warm air to all the rooms in a typical house. All the bi-products/emissions that are harmful to our health are directly sent to the outside air via a flu gas stack or a chimney. Now, what if the heat exchanger in your furnace cracked or got damage somehow without you knowing? That would release dangerous levels of flu gases and seriously harm you and/or your family. Or maybe your house doesn’t have adequate ventilation and you simple have too many appliances/machines producing CO2 at once. This could greatly increase the levels of CO2 in your home on a daily basis. Other common sources of CO2 include cars, space heaters, water heaters, gas ranges, wood stoves, and generators.


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Well, HRV’s are excellent devices that work to refresh your stale, polluted, indoor air with outside air, all while keeping the inside heat from leaving your home. Not only is this a great solution for extracting CO2, but it also helps to remove airborne viruses, pollen, dust, formaldehyde, fumes, fibers, spores, and other gases.

Another solution would be to limit the number of emission producing devices you use on a regular basis.

The best solution, however, is to eliminate the source of the problem. If your furnace has a cracked heat exchanger, replace it. If you aren’t sure about whether or not flu gases are leaking out into the inside of your home, get your furnace inspected immediately. You need to know the source of the CO2. Maybe you are simply running too many space heaters and/or decorative appliances in your home?


How do I know how much CO2 is in the inside air?

How do I know how much CO2 is in the inside air?

1) You can pay to have your indoor air tested by a professional.
2) You can use an indoor air quality monitor. It’s a device that constantly monitors the amount of different gases and particles in the air and then warns or informs the residents/home-owner of any dangerous levels. These devices are evolving more and more every day. Smart home indoor air quality monitors can provide you with accurate, constant, and practical updates electronically over the internet right to your computer, ipad, or cell phone. With this device, you never have to worry about what could be lowering your indoor air quality. You will always be informed no matter where you are. The IAQ monitor will provide you with precise measurements, even in the form of a graph. Check it out here!

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