A relatively new entrant to the air quality monitor game is the AirVisual Node. The result of a crowdfunded campaign, this newcomer has waded into the air quality monitor game and made its presence felt.
Features of the AirVisual Node
The Node boasts a high precision laser particle sensor, a CO2 sensor, a hygrometer and a thermometer. The company claims to be accurate to medical standards. This is good news for buyers looking to buy a monitor for medical reasons.
The Node also features connectivity to WiFi as well as mobile control by Android and iOS devices. It also has a huge internal memory for storage if historical graphs in case you may want to look these up later for trends.
Using the Node
The Node’s 5″ screen displays all the info you need in bright colors. This includes both indoor and outdoor air conditions, weather forecasts and personalized advice. The device doesn’t require WiFi access to operate. It works just fine without displaying the outdoor conditions and forecasts.
This unit does not include a VOC sensor. Therefore if your concern is VOCs, it would be best to skip on it. It does however have highly accurate CO2 and particle (PM2.5) sensors. Thus if your concern is things like pollen, this unit would be perfect for you.
Lastly, it is not a ‘smart’ device. Despite the good connectivity options, the unit lacks the ability to interface with other appliances. Therefore, it cannot, for example, control the HVAC in response to temperature changes. This is something to keep in mind in case you are looking for a device to run a smart home.
The AirVisual Node is a solid contender but the lack of some features holds it back. We consider VOC sensors as vital for a good air quality monitor and unlike the Dylos, the Node’s other features just aren’t strong enough to impress. It is, however, still a good monitor and will do a good enough job when called upon. The outdoor conditions readings option will do good especially in cities with a huge pollution problem.
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