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With win­ter ap­proach­ing, it’s time to en­sure the air in­side your home is clean and healthy. Here’s how to do it with­out break­ing a sweat…

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You’ll be spend­ing more time in­doors through­out win­ter, so en­sure the air you’re breath­ing is healthy. The Ne­tatmo Velux Ac­tive can help

Here in Bri­tain we’re a na­tion of her­mits, with re­cent re­search in­di­cat­ing that we spend around 90 per cent of our lives in the great in­doors. Add in the fact that the av­er­age adult is said to breathe in 15,000 litres of air a day, and the im­por­tance of hav­ing good qual­ity oxy­gen breez­ing around your house be­comes all-too ap­par­ent.

But how are you meant to tell what’s good air and what’s not? Well, you don’t have to. Why? Be­cause Velux has teamed up with Ne­tatmo to launch a bril­liant sys­tem that does ex­actly that.

Not only will the Velux Ac­tive (£ 200, velux.co.uk) use sen­sors to con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor the tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity and CO2 con­cen­tra­tion in­side your home (which would be in­ter­est­ing but, let’s face it, kinda point­less), it’ll open or close your roof win­dows, blinds and shut­ters ac­cord­ingly, to en­sure your lungs are get­ting the op­ti­mal in­take at all times.

Wor­ried that you’ll never get a say in how and when your house is ven­ti­lated? Don’t be, as the Velux Ac­tive works with Ap­ple HomeKit (An­droid com­pat­i­bil­ity hasn’t been es­tab­lished yet), mean­ing you can take full con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion via a sim­ple app on your iPhone or iPad, or by speak­ing the rel­e­vant voice com­mand in Siri’s di­rec­tion.

This clever sys­tem won’t just im­prove your health and com­fort, ei­ther… With re­cent stud­ies sug­gest­ing that poor air qual­ity can re­duce pro­duc­tiv­ity in the of­fice by as much as 10 per cent, the Velux Ac­tive prom­ises to give home work­ers and stu­dents the boost they need to meet their dead­lines.

Velux Ac­tive will open or close your win­dows au­to­mat­i­cally to en­sure you get clean, fresh air through­out your home

Ne­tatmo’s Velux Ac­tive kit is easy to in­stall, so you can ac­cess bet­ter home health with just a few taps of your phone

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