Idea Hub: Smart Air Quality Monitors for Indoor Air Pollution

Air pollution can occur outdoors and indoors. While outdoor air quality is more commonly discussed and measured, indoor air pollution can cause some of the same health concerns. Poor indoor air quality can worsen respiratory issues like asthma, and can contribute to other health issues, such as allergies, headaches, poor sleep, and skin or eye irritation.

Indoor air quality can be monitored by high-tech equipment that collects measurements of different pollutants in the air. Common indoor air pollutants include volatile organic compounds, fine particles, carbon dioxide, and radon. Things like excessive dust, common household cleaners, and even humidity can negatively impact indoor air quality. The first step in understanding how to improve indoor air quality is to measure it with a monitor.

Smart Air Quality Monitors

Indoor air quality monitors can detect a variety of pollutants that may contribute to health issues. “Smart” monitors often feature Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity and can display real-time data and personal recommendations via company-developed apps. They can also integrate with other smart home devices and sometimes even smart thermostats.

There are many different product options for monitoring indoor air quality. Two of the best smart indoor air quality sensors currently on the market are the Awair 2nd Edition Air Quality Monitor and the Airthings Wave Plus. Both options are described in more detail below.

Awair 2nd Edition Air Quality Monitor

The Awair air quality monitor measures several common air pollutants, including fine dust particles (PM 2.5), volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), and carbon dioxide (CO2). In addition, data on humidity and temperature, which can contribute to poor indoor air quality, is also collected. The Awair monitor provides an overview of the air quality, as well as data for specific pollutants, displayed on an easy-to-understand numbered and color-coded scale.

Equipped with both Bluetooth and WiFi technology, it can integrate with other smart home products and smart thermostats. Awair’s app provides real-time data, plus personalized tips to improve indoor air quality. You can read more about how it works on the awair website, here.

Airthings Wave Plus Air Quality Monitor

The Airthings Wave Plus air quality monitor measures the same common air pollutants as the Awair monitor, including PM 2.5, VOCs, and CO2, as well as humidity and temperature. In addition, the Airthings monitor collects data on radon, which is a harmful indoor air pollutant that tends to fluctuate on a daily basis, making long-term monitoring very important.

The Airthings monitor has WiFi technology, which can integrate with another smart device (like a cell phone or smart home device) via Bluetooth if the devices are close enough. It is also completely battery-operated. Airthings offers an app with an easy-to-read dashboard with color-coded air quality data, a comparison of data over several days, and tips for improving air quality in your space.