My CO₂ Monitor

I get the questions from time to time about the CO₂ monitor I use. It’s an Aranet4. It’s the kind I saw a lot of ventilation experts like Linsey Marr using and I understand it’s well validated to be accurate. I was probably also unduly influenced by how cute and clever it is.

Photo of a hand holding an aranet4 device. The device is small, square, made of translucent white plastic that reveals the inner electronics. It has an e-ink screen that shows the temperature, humidity, and CO₂ concentration in PPM.

It has excellent battery life, running for years on a pair of AA batteries. This makes it possible to run perpetually. It’s small and portable, but when it’s not on the road with me, it hangs on the wall, constantly monitoring next to my thermostat, useful when hosting.

A thermostat and an Aranet4 hanging side by side on a wall. The Aranet4 is smaller than the thermostat by maybe 20%.

It costs ~$250 but Clean Air Crew often has a discount coupon available.

My friend has a Temtop M2000. It also does particulate measurements—useful if you want to measure filtration in addition to ventilation. Aranet4 does not. The Temtop doesn’t have the same battery life or small size though. It retails for ~$225, but is often on sale as low as $175. Both of these models can display the current readings and record readings over time.

There are cheaper CO₂ monitors, but I personally don’t know how to assess their reliability and I haven’t seen any cheaper ones that record readings, so you can produce graphs like this:

As ever, I have no professional expertise in ventilation, virology, or epidemiology, so my advice comes with a grain of salt. I have a degree in Mathematics and am a software engineer so I’m pretty good at understanding data and reading papers. I welcome additions from experts.

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