13 Deputy Art Director Philippe Blanchin tests for toxins with the ‘Awair’ air monitor
What does it do?
‘Awair’ is a gadget the size of a brick that claims to track toxins and chemicals in your home’s air and give you personalised recommendations to help improve it.
How does it work?
Download the Awair app and connect it to the unit via Bluetooth by typing in the four digit code that flashes up on the Awair’s screen during setup. After a few minutes, ratings of between one and five for categories such as temperature, humidity, CO2 and dust will appear. These scores combine to give an overall rating of between one and 100 – 100 being perfect. My flat had a good rating of 82, despite some serious humidity from boiling pasta, drying washing and a steamy shower – I was not entirely convinced.
Do I need it in my life?
Advice such as ‘Crack open a window’ feels more common sense than scientific feedback. A weekend stay in the countryside would probably do my lungs more good. £179 (getawair.com).