I am starting to take my Adanet CO2 concentration monitor everywhere because I want to see which stores, restaurants, and offices have “fresher” air. The other day on December 20, 2022, I visited a BMO Harris bank branch and a Target store, and I took note of the measurements in three locations within my apartment building.
My goal is to take two readings in each location and photograph the second reading. The photograph provides the proof of the reading in the location I specified as well as a timestamp and GPS that only I can see.
I also took an outdoor reading to establish what the ambient level was that day:
421 parts per million (ppm), which is exactly what the global ambient level is!
Keep in mind that a typical reading in my studio apartment is around 650 ppm.
BMO Harris bank branch – 115 S LaSalle St
This is a large bank branch with half a dozen teller stations and a significant business banking area. There were two tellers, a handful of other staff, and myself and another customer – the person density was very low.
Reading: 614 parts per million (ppm)
Target – 1 S State St
A busy department store is where I was most excited to take several readings. I took four readings, all on the second floor.
- Men’s clothing department, three minutes after entering the store: 646 ppm
- Another area in the men’s clothing department, three minutes later: 785 ppm
- A dressing room, six minutes after the previous reading: 913 ppm
- Automotive accessories aisle, 15 minutes after: 961 ppm
To give you another reference point, the readings have regularly exceeded 800 ppm – and have exceeded 1,000 ppm if I burn some food – when I’m cooking in my studio apartment. As I write this from there, the reading is 623 ppm.
I was pleased with these numbers at Target; I’m not an expert on assessing air quality but the Centers for Disease Control writes “that indoor CO2 concentrations no greater than 700 parts per million (ppm) above outdoor CO2 concentrations will satisfy a substantial majority (about 80%) of occupants” in office environments – or about 1,121 ppm.
My apartment building
I took three readings in my apartment building:
- One of the two bike rooms: 619 ppm
- An elevator (I had to visit a lot of floors to wait until I could get a second reading, which also meant the door opened a lot): 788 ppm
- Gym (which has two rooms, and I took the reading in the larger room that had fewer people at the time): 596 ppm