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