Recently I was convinced by a friend to get a CO2 sensor to check on the levels in my apartment, citing the correlation to CO2 and cognitive function. The sensor I picked up immediately showed that the levels in my apartment were around 1800ppm above the recommended amount. I wanted to be able to log the CO2 levels over time so I threw together this quick project to read the data out of the sensor. Now I can see how opening different windows or doing things like turning on the bathroom fan affect the CO2 levels and how fast.
If you’re curious about logging CO2 levels and building a dashboard to show them this guide below should let you replicate my setup.
Setup Adafruit IO
Setup an account on Adafruit IO
From there you will want to set up 3 new feeds named, temperature, humidity, and co2
Click the yellow AIO key link in the upper right to get your key and save it for the next step.
Programing the Photon
Now follow the instructions to get your Particle Photon connected to your wifi https://setup.particle.io/
One that is complete load up the code for this project here: https://go.particle.io/shared_apps/5ddc83012b93b800054a08b4
On line 4 put your AIO key from earlier into the quotes replacing the key_here text.
You can now flash this code to the Photon.
Once that is done, go back to the Adafruit IO page and you should see data in your feeds. You can now make a new dashboard that uses these feeds to show information. Have fun!