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high CO2 in a leaky house

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Stallings Sep 2. 34 Replies

Hi, folks! I've been lurking on this forum for some time without a membership because my Efficiency Kansas certification ran out years ago and I never pursued other certification. I haven't done a…Continue

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Ben Stallings replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"As I've said above, I already have plants. They only take in net CO2 when the sun is shining. At night they exhale CO2 just like we do. They may in fact be contributing to the nighttime high CO2 levels in the house."
Sep 2
Michael Dunseith replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Simple solution is to just add some plants. Building Science forgets about the wonders of nature. NASA has a list of the best plants for IAQ. Many plants will also aid with many potential IAQ issues like voc''s. I have been recommending…"
Sep 2
Dennis Heidner replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"One  of the issues with the jump in readings - may also be related to the instrument design and its sensors.   If the CO2 reading is via an electrochemical sensor and not a nondispersive infrared sensor (NDIR), then its possible…"
Aug 30
Dennis Heidner replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"But he could use a Panasonic in the bedroom... Or the work area  that he sits in all day. Depending on the size of the house... the total continuous fresh air needs may only be 40cfm to 100cfm.   It doesn't sound like he's…"
Aug 30
Dennis Heidner replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I keep going back and pushing an ERV,  because they give you the ventilation, and you can have filtering on them to keep the pollen and dust outside... while also more or less maintaining the current RH balance.  If you tighten up the…"
Aug 30
Ben Stallings replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I guess the word "quickly" may be misleading. It looks like a precipitous drop on the daily graph, but for example yesterday the CO2 readings went from 1078 ppm when we woke to 911 in under an hour when my wife left the house, but then…"
Aug 30
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"What is discordant is that the CO2 in the Living Room is high even when the OP is home alone during the day, yet quickly goes down to normal levels when people leave. If the CO2 level drops fairly quickly, then the house must be well…"
Aug 30
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Lunos is an expensive HRV that can only move 20 CFM maximum The Panasonic Whisper ERV instructions specifically state to not install in a bathroom or kitchen!"
Aug 30
Todd Williams replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Ben, I'd like to recommend a book called "It's all too much". Great way to improve your space."
Aug 29
Dennis Heidner replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Look at one of the through the wall HRV/ERV's  Lumnos  about $1000  used in the bedroom and it still allows for the building envelop to be tightened.  It would also make a big difference on those numbers (if they are even…"
Aug 29
Matt Sharpe replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I don't know if I would buy more costly monitors, your readings are in-line with CO2 levels from being in a closed bedroom with people living and no ventilation. Put your money into a ventilation system and making your house tight."
Aug 29
Ben Stallings replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Thanks, I'll consider that!"
Aug 29
Ben Stallings replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Considering I'm not currently working as an energy pro and am just looking to address issues in my own house and will most likely never get money back on the deal, those options are too expensive for me, but I hope they will be useful for…"
Aug 29
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I have the  TIM10 Desktop CO2, Temp. & Humidity Monitor from co2meter.com. I have compared it with a $400 handheld, calibrated meter and a dedicated data logger (Lascar) and found the readings to be reasonably accurate (it is rated at +/-…"
Aug 28
Iain Walker replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I want to second what Dennis has written. The CO2 in most low cost monitors is not sensed by a CO2 specific sensor - its inferred from other measurements using the same sensor that gives the TVOC value (also useless from a practical POV as you found…"
Aug 28
Dennis Heidner replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"What's breaking the bank?   If you want an accurate traceable instrument - expect to spend more than $500 and then spend about $200 for recalibrating the device periodically. Human bodies are pretty adaptable - if we are exposed to…"
Aug 28

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At 9:44am on September 5, 2019, Diane Chojnowski said…

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