The country's bars, restaurants and cafes are being forced to implement new measures against the spread of the virus for the survival of businesses in the face of the pandemic. In fact, in some communities, as in the case of the Balearic Islands, catering establishments are already required to install a CO2 meter to measure the quality of the ambient air and guarantee the health of the air, and may even be penalized for not do it from the date indicated.
Therefore, we will give you thesteps to follow for the correct installation and use of a CO2 meter in a local, bar, cafeteria or restaurant, in addition to thepublished aids for small businesses for implementation.
CO2 meter to guarantee the quality of the air in the environment in restaurants
A CO2 meter is a smart device that helps you control the quality of the air in the environment by warning you when there is a high level of carbon dioxide and the space must be ventilated.
It is a useful and easy solution for public and closed spaces such as offices, schools, shops and restaurants, to avoid contagion caused by aerosols, recently recognized as the main route of contagion of viruses.
How a CO2 sensor works
To know if a closed environment is well ventilated and the air free of viruses, we need to know at all times the carbon dioxide values in the environment. For this, a CO2 meter is needed which, made up of a sensor, is capable of efficiently detecting the CO2 level of an interior space by infrared.
In the case of Air Guardian, with an NDIR sensor together with a screen that shows the levels in real time as recommended by the CSIC -Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies-, its use is so simple that anyone can know the state of the air at a glance, as it changes color like a traffic light depending on CO2 levels.2.
The normal values of CO2 in the environment in a bar or restaurant
In general, the CO2 level outside is 400 ppm parts per million.).
Inside a bar, local or any business, a value between500 and 700 ppm it is considered acceptable.
On the other hand, in case of exceeding between800 and 1000 ppm approximately, it is already mandatory to ventilate the space to renew the air.
In fact, more than 1000 is already considered a high concentration of CO2 and therefore poor ventilation has been done. So the air would have to be renewed as soon as possible to guarantee safety in that space.
Implementation of a CO2 detector in 4 easy steps
For its implementation, users ofCO2 meters like AirGuardian, just follow these simple steps:
- Connect the device to the mains and press and hold the power button.
- Download the AirGuardian App on your mobile.
- Register the device in the AirGuardian app.
- Add as many devices as you install in your rooms or usual rooms.
Regarding its location,should be avoided install it in:
- The inside of a piece of furniture.
- Humid or wet places such as near the kitchen, etc.
- Near ventilation areas such as doors and windows.
- Where the temperature drops below -10C or exceeds 40C.C.
How to measure CO2 from your mobile
By having connectionWifi, CO2 meters such as AirGuardian, can bemonitor and control from mobile via an app.
From it, you can know the levels of CO2 in the environment at any time and from anywhere. Even if you have several devices in different rooms or spaces, you can see in real time the air values of all of them and thus control from the mobile that they maintain correct ventilation.
If you also haveautomated ventilation systems, you can monitor automatic activation to work when CO2 levels exceed recommended.
In addition, from the mobile application, you can know thehistorical values of your installed CO2 meters andconnect them to a Smart TV or screen so that your clients and employees can know the values in real time.
Bars and restaurants must install CO2 meters to "check that they are well ventilated"
Theobligation to implement an air quality meter in bars and restaurants by governments is already a fact in communities such as the Balearic Islands, where recently the Minister ofEconomic Model, Tourism and Work reported that, among the new measures to deal with COVID-19, theGovern includes the Obligation to install a CO2 meter in the catering and hospitality sector.
With this, he points out, it is also intended that customers can verify that they are well ventilated..
Aid for the installation of CO2 meters in bars and restaurants
¡But there is also good news forsmall hospitality businesses!
According to the newspaper The world, CAEB Restoration claims that a large part of the establishments already have proper ventilation and claimfinancial aid aimed at small companies in the sector.
Specifically, a800 help to catering companies with less than 20 workers who request itn, for the acquisition and installation of measurement, ventilation and air purification systems.