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You have probably never noticed a CO2 (carbon dioxide) detector when you’re at the shopping centre buying new clothes or shoes. More and more CO2 detectors are being installed in shopping centres to monitor CO2 for comfort and energy savings. Recently, the CO2meter.com Wall Mounted CO2 Detector with Alarm was installed for such reasons in a Nike store in Melbourne.
The Wall Mounted CO2 Detector with Alarm can be an inconspicuous item sitting on the wall that is hard to notice unless you were looking for it. However, you will definitely know where the detector is if CO2 was too high – when CO2 climbs above 1400 ppm, an 80 db audible and visual alarm is activated!
Our units can also be connected to the building management system to inform the building managers of elevated CO2. They can also be integrated with the ventilation system so fresh air is increased in the room.
The Wall Mounted CO2 Detector is one of our most popular CO2 alarms as it is pre-calibrated, has an automated, self-calibrating mechanism (ABC – Automatic Background Calibration) and, therefore, requires little on-going maintenance, and it can be simply installed by plugging into the mains power outlet and mounting onto the wall with a screw.
In Australia, such CO2 detectors are installed to meet green building credentials that are set by bodies including the Green Building Council of Australia. Elevated levels of CO2 can affect performance and lead to increase lethargy and the feeling of tiredness. Monitoring CO2 levels not only leads to a more productive workforce, but in a shopping centre it may lead to more productive shoppers!
In the USA, the LEED 2.2 EQ-Credit 1 Requirements encourage a permanent CO2 monitor that provides either automatic or manual feedback of CO2 levels in naturally ventilated spaces having “25 or more people per 1000 sq. ft.” The system should generate an alarm when CO2 levels vary by 10% or more from set-point (usually 800ppm) via either a building automation system alarm to the building operator or via a visual or audible alert to the building occupants.
So next time you’re doing some shopping, take a moment to look around and you may be surprised to see some CO2 detectors near you.