What is carbon dioxide (CO2)?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a colorless and odorless gas that naturally occurs in the atmosphere. It is produced by the respiration of humans and animals, as well as by the combustion of fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, and oil.
Effects of high concentration of CO2
In indoor spaces, such as houses, offices, and schools, the concentration of CO2 can increase due to the presence of people, inadequate ventilation, and certain activities that generate CO2 emissions. A high concentration of CO2 in homes or offices can have various effects on the health and well-being of the people in those spaces.
An increased CO2 concentration can lead to health complaints such as fatigue, headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, and shortness of breath. Prolonged exposure to high CO2 levels can also cause chronic health problems.
Poor air quality
A high concentration of CO2 often indicates poor air quality in a room. It may indicate inadequate ventilation, allowing other harmful and polluting substances to linger in the air.
In bedrooms, a high CO2 concentration can disrupt sleep and lead to a less restful night's rest.
Reduced productivity and concentration
In office and work environments, poor air quality due to high CO2 concentration can result in reduced productivity and concentration among employees.
Increased risk of infection
A high CO2 concentration can promote the spread of infectious diseases as it may indicate inadequate ventilation and a buildup of infectious particles in the air.