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How accurate are our CO2 sensors?

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A recent scientific study has found that the CO2 sensors found in many of the detectors supplied by Edaphic Scientific are highly accurate. Reseachers found that low cost, CO2 sensors have the same accuracy and performance as highly expensive laboratory equipment.

Our range of Non-Dispersive Infra-Red (NDIR) CO2 sensors were found to have a 1:1 relationship when compared with an independent measure of carbon dioxide.

The CO2 sensor inside of our CO2 detectors is based on Non-Dispersive Infra-Red (NDIR) technology. NDIR is a low cost approach to measuring carbon dioxide for indoor air quality (IAQ) and HVAC applications. Since it is low cost, some users have questions the accuracy of the sensors.

Undoubtedly, there are some NDIR CO2 sensors that are poor quality. However scientists in Sweden recently compared the CO2 sensors in our detectors against a standard and found them to be highly accurate.

The CO2 sensors supplied by Edaphic Scientific cost in the order of hundreds of dollars, yet the standard the Swedish scientists compared them against is a high precision, scientific laboratory instrument that costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The proof can be easily seen in the following graph. The x-axis is our CO2 sensor and the y-axis is the expensive laboratory instrument standard. The line through the graph is the 1:1 line – meaning that if the data (circles in the graph) fall on this line then there is an exact relationship between the two different measurement techniques.

CO2 Sensor Comparison

A comparison of an NDIR CO2 sensor versus an expensive, laboratory CO2 instrument. Source: Bastviken et al 2015, Figure 2.


As can be seen in the above graph, the data fall exactly on the 1:1 line. Therefore, you can have high confidence that the CO2 measurements you are recording with many of our sensors matches exactly with some of the most expensive scientific measurements available.



Bastviken et al 2015. Biogeosciences, 12, 3849 – 3859