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As a green builder, I know the importance of the air you breath outside – and inside – of your home. It plays a major role in our overall lung health. 90% of our time is spent indoors; healthy air quality can make a big difference in our lives. Fortunately, there are a number of smart-home products that can now help you monitor your home’s air, and appropriately act upon any variances or issues that can affect your long-term health. I thought I’d share a few of them here with you.
Think of Birdi, formerly known as Canary, as a high-tech smoke alarm. It does perform the functions of a combined smoke/carbon monoxide detector – and will alert 911 in an emergency – but also monitors your home’s air quality. From dust, VOCs, humidity to a simple case of stale air, Birdi will send you alerts to keep you abreast of the situation.
Alima, doesn’t focus on the same (safety) elements as Birdi, but rather solely dedicates itself to monitoring air quality and temperature, and helping you to react to (and curb) behaviours that affect your home’s air. Alima takes the time to learn and analyze your home and provides detailed analysis – via native app. The app crunches the results of the monitoring, and creates predictive analytics forecasting, and pollution trends, that will help you to understand how the air in your home fluctuates during various times of the season/year.
Awair operates similar to Alima, in that it monitors and scores the air quality in various rooms in your home. Working in conjunction with The Mayo Clinic, a non-profit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education, it offers suggestions on when it’s time to open a window, change up your cleaning products or even consider a more involved solution.
For millions of people who suffer from respiratory issues and allergies, air pollution is an invisible monster lurking in our homes. Thanks to these, and other smart devices, it will become easier to breath a little easier.