Carbon Dioxide - CO2

CO2 – Definition

What many of us first came across during chemistry class, has been attributed a negative connotation for years. Especially traffic has become the villain causing too much CO2, oftentimes forgetting that it is a naturally occurring substance within all of us. Let’s take a closer look at CO2, its causes and risks.

Fact

On average, an adult human being exhales 380kg of CO2 per year.

Main Sources

Carbon Dioxide naturally occurs in the earth’s atmosphere as a trace gas. It is also a by-product of cell respiration of humans and animals alike. Furthermore, CO2 occurs during burning processes of materials such as wood, coal, oil or gas. Therefore, road and air traffic are well-known generators of CO2. In some countries, e.g. in Southeast Asia, it is common to burn agricultural fields after harvesting and even household garbage. This also contributes to local as well overall Carbon Dioxide emissions.

Fact

On average, an adult human being exhales 380kg of CO2 per year.

Main Sources

Carbon Dioxide naturally occurs in the earth’s atmosphere and is a by-product of cell respiration. Furthermore, it occurs during burning processes, e.g. of vehicles and in agriculture.

Dangers & Risks

The increase of the CO2 level in a closed environment, such as a room, impairs a human’s wellbeing causing dizziness and headache as well as affecting mental abilities, concentration and productivity. Higher CO2 ratios can even become life-threatening. Further to that, CO2 causes the greenhouse effect and is directly linked to global warming which has harmful effects on the environment. Extreme weather conditions such as droughts or flooding, the melting of glaciers and of the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets are negative results of this climate change.

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Loss of productivity, if CO2 level exceeds 1,000 ppm ¹

Dangers & Risks

The increase of the CO2 level in a closed environment, impairs a human’s wellbeing causing dizziness and headache as well as affecting mental abilities and productivity. Higher CO2 ratios can even become life-threatening.

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Loss of productivity, if CO2 level exceeds 1,000 ppm ¹

Short-Term Solutions

Keeping your house and workplace properly ventilated is an important factor to keep the CO2 level at a normal level. Naturally, this will only be effective if the ambient air is of good quality. 

Short-Term Solutions

Keeping your house and workplace properly ventilated is the most important factor to keep the CO2 level at a normal level. Naturally, this will only be effective if the ambient air is of good quality.

Long-Term Solutions

In order to constantly supply yourself with good quality air inside your home and workplace, an air quality management system can be an expedient solution. Ingenious technologies like The Breeze Lab’s AirQPort® filter the ambient air when entering the building and effuse clean respiratory air while managing the CO2 ratio to keep it on a healthy level.

Long-Term Solutions

Ingenious technologies like The Breeze Lab’s AirQPort® filter the ambient air when entering the building and effuse clean respiratory air while keeping CO2 at a healthy level.

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