CERV CO2/VOC Library
1 + 1 = 3?
Yes, it can when it comes to indoor pollutants!
Limonene is a citrus smelling component in many cleansers such as the dish detergents in the photos. Limonene plus ozone react to form small, waxy airborne particulates that move deeply into our lungs when inhaled. If two pollutants can make three pollutants, how many pollutants are formed with the hundreds of common household compounds that surround us in our homes?
We recently tested “Sun oxygen” and “Ajax Triple Action” dish detergents. A sample of each was tested with CERV VOC and CO2 sensors to determine the CERV’s ability to detect either of the detergents. The Ajax detergent was noticeably more odorous to our noses than the Sun. We found that the CERV’s VOC sensor registered a “high” reading while the Sun detergent registered a “medium” reading in our test. Our readings do not imply that a test material is harmful, healthy or benign, but rather that the CERV is capable of sensing that substance. In this case, the CERV’s VOC sensor detects both, with the Ajax being the more odorous.
Follow our continuing efforts to define VOCs that the CERV can smell but that humans may or may not. We have developed a report that describes our test procedure along with a list of the compounds we have tested to date. Our report will be appended with new test results as they are acquired.
Send us suggestions for materials you would like us to test!