Why use a CO sensor?

Carbon monoxide gas consists of one carbon atom and one oxygen atom. It is a toxic gas which is produced from the partial oxidation of carbon containing compounds in situations where there is not enough oxygen present to produce carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is produced naturally during animal metabolism, photochemical reactions in the troposphere and from volcanoes, forest fires and other forms of combustion.

Atmospheric Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a short lived greenhouse gas which is found naturally at low concentrations in the atmosphere. It has an important indirect effect on global warming by reacting with hydroxyl radicals, reducing their abundance. Hydroxyl radicals help reduce the lifetime of strong greenhouses gases and therefore without their presence an increase in global warming can occur. Carbon monoxide also contributes to ozone formation in the atmosphere which is a toxic and reactive gas.  Human activities increase the concentration of carbon monoxide, particularly in urban areas. The main source is internal combustion processes from transportation and industrial activity causing temporary atmospheric CO pollution. Aeroqual offer a range of portable and fixed monitors with a CO sensor suitable for measuring accurate atmospheric CO concentrations.

Indoor Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is a toxic, odorless, colorless gas. Leak detection is very important for indoor environments due to the potential for loss of human life or severe disability from high CO exposure.  Malfunctioning fuel burning appliances such as furnaces, cookers, water boilers and gas room heaters can all lead to carbon monoxide leaks in areas occupied by people. Aeroqual can provide both a fixed or portable CO sensor for indoor air quality monitoring.

Industrial Applications

Carbon monoxide gas is used in several industrial applications including the chemical, food and medical industries. Aeroqual can also provide a range of CO monitors suitable for these types of applications where control and alarm functionality may be required.