Desk­top de­vice mon­i­tors in­door air qual­ity

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Gregg Ell­man

In­door air can be many times more pol­luted than out­door air, ac­cord­ing to Awair (www.getawair.com), a com­pany that sells a de­vice that tracks tox­ins and chem­i­cals in the air. This can af­fect al­ler­gies, asthma, con­cen­tra­tion, sleep and more. Who knew?

The com­pany’s air qual­ity mon­i­tor ($179) tracks five key fac­tors of air qual­ity: volatile or­ganic com­pounds, car­bon diox­ide, dust, hu­mid­ity and tem­per­a­ture. Stan­dard prod­ucts we use for clean­ing, along with beauty prod­ucts, sup­ply many of the chem­i­cals that in­fil­trate air.

The de­vice looks like an at­trac­tive desk­top Blue­tooth speaker, with a wal­nut fin­ish and air qual­ity mea­sur­ing sen­sors in­side. Yet it won’t pro­duce mu­sic; in­stead, it mea­sures the air qual­ity, and has a front dis­play to show you the find­ings. There are dif­fer­ent modes; use the one based on the area of the house you’re test­ing.

It must be con­nected to your Wi-Fi to work with the Awair app (iOS and An­droid). The app dis­plays col­ored dots and in­for­ma­tion on what prob­lems ex­ist and where. You can view the sta­tis­tics, along with any changes, as you use the per­son­al­ized rec­om­men­da­tions.

One ex­am­ple is mea­sur­ing how much dust is in a room. Dust is of­ten an al­lergy suf­ferer’s worst en­emy, and the app of­fers rec­om­men­da­tions on how to re­duce the al­ler­gen.

An­other use­ful fea­ture is If This Then That, which al­lows the de­vice to talk with other smart home de­vices, such as cer­tain hu­mid­i­fiers and voice as­sis­tants.

AWAIR

The Awair track­ing de­vice looks like a desk­top Blue­tooth speaker, but in­side it con­tains sen­sors to mea­sure five key fac­tors of air qual­ity.

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