NAME Awair indoor air quality monitor

WHAT IT DOES This smart device tracks the five key factors of air quality: chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide, dust, humidity and temperature. An interesting fact Awair supplied via its website is that indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. This can affect allergies, asthma, concentration, sleep and more.

COST $199.99

WHAT’S HOT The Awair looks like an attractive desktop Bluetooth speaker with a walnut finish and air quality measuring sensors inside. It must be connected to Wi-Fi to work with the Awair app (iOS and Android), and the setup is easy. The app displays colored dots and information on what problems exist and where. You can view the current statistics along with the changes as they happen after you use the personalized recommendations. One example is measuring how much dust is in a room, and the app offers recommendations on how to reduce the amount you have.

A great feature is If This Then That (IFTTT), which allows the Awair to talk with other smart home devices. For example, the Awair can trigger a humidifier if it’s plugged into a smart plug, thus the changes to a room can be done seamlessly. That’s just one example, but with smart home and voice assistants, the help is always there and always improving.

WHAT’S NOT You may not like what you find out.

AVAILABLE FROM getawair.com

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