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CO2 Monitoring for School Classrooms

By February 2nd, 2022Oceania Gas Safety

Following the Covid 19 pandemic monitoring air quality has never been more important. In the UK, our parent company S&S Northern has supplied over 30,000 CO2 monitors to UK schools and workplaces. Here is a some further information on why CO2 monitors are used.

What it a Carbon Dioxide Monitor?

A carbon dioxide monitor detects the level of carbon dioxide in the room. By monitoring the carbon dioxide in the air it gives you an indication of the air quality.

Why do we need a Carbon dioxide monitor?

This carbon dioxide monitor gives the occupants of the room an indication of air quality and when they need to take action to improve the ventilation. Good air quality is essential for a healthy learning environment. A well ventilated room reduces the transmission of air borne viruses.

What is Carbon Dioxide?

Carbon Dioxide is naturally occurring in the air we breathe, however when a classroom has increased occupancy the level of carbon dioxide can increase too, this is because carbon dioxide is a by-product of people breathing in and out.

How to use my Carbon Dioxide Sensor

Open the box, you will find the carbon dioxide monitor, 1 meter USB wire and plug. As well as your user manual.

To power up the carbon dioxide monitor Plug your 1 meter USB wire into the bottom left side of the monitor and the other end into the plug provided, then plug it into a wall socket.

Try to locate the monitor away from any sources of ventilation such as windows to ensure you are getting an accurate reading for the room.

Actions to take

The screen gives you an indication of the level of carbon dioxide in the room.

Pay particular attention to the traffic light LEDs on the left hand side of the monitor.

Green indicates good air quality to action needs to be taken.

Amber/Orange indicates carbon dioxide is increasing in the room

If the indication goes to Red above 1500ppm there is no need to panic, but you should take some action. This indicates that the Carbon dioxide level in the room is increasing and you should introduce some fresh air such as opening a window or turning on some mechanical ventilation if available. The levels will gradually decrease as fresh air is introduced to the room.

Is carbon dioxide harmful?

Don’t confuse carbon dioxide with carbon monoxide. We all know Carbon Monoxide as the silent killer, however Carbon dioxide is non-toxic and causes no poses no risks to health at low levels found in classrooms.