We love knowing about our environment. We love knowing the weather forecast every day and (if possible) updated every hour. We love knowing the pollution levels in our cities. We love knowing the temperature of our houses. We love knowing the air quality of our homes. In a nutshell, we love knowing data. A really close issue to building services.
These are the products currently available in the market to know all this information. There are some more simple and others more complex. But all them will provide data about our home air. Lets see what they can do and their main features.
Maybe the most simple gadget of all. It only provides air temperature. But its extremely ease of use makes it a great option for temperature lovers. You just need to connect Thermodo to the 3.5mm jack port of your mobile phone and download their official app. It is available in Android and iOS. Anything else? Yes. Its affordable price. You can get the basic version for only 29.99$ or the premium one for 44.99$. The only difference is the anodize alumium finish. You can know more in Thermodo website.
iCelsius most basic products are only available for iOS (due to its connection port). They are temperature and humidity sensors for air, food or surfaces. Similar solutions are available also for Android with WiFi and Bluetooth connection. The prices go from 35€ to 113€ depending on the product. You can find more information in iCelsius website.
It is true that Withings Home may not be thought to be an air quality sensor. Nevertheless, it has a volatile organic compound sensor that will let you know when you need to ventilate your home. The main feature of this product is its HD camera. Thanks to it, you can know who is at your home or interact with them using the microphone and the speaker. It costs 199.95€ and is compatible with iOS. Android app is being currently developed. You can read more about Withings Home in its website.
Nest Smoke + CO detector
Maybe the most well known. But it must be here. Nest smoke + CO detector was one of the first devices for air quality with a stylish design. Before being part of Google, Nest had already made well its work. It fulfilled all the requirements of a smoke detector in a simpler and more attractive way. It is extremely easy to use and is available both for iOS and Android. It only provides CO detection. But we must remember that it was designed as a smoke detector, not as a hole air quality sensor. Its price depends on the country you live: 99$ for US, £89 for UK, 109€ for Europe and 190$ for Canada. You can read more information in Nest website.
The natural evolution and competition of Nest. You want something else than smoke and CO detection? Well, then Birdi is your option. Temperature, humidity, CO2, of course CO, and air quality (polution, pollen, particules, etc.). A good combination to struggle with Nest. It has a rounded and simple design. It is available now for preorder at a price of 119$. Apps for iOS and Android are under development currently. You can see something else in Birdi website.
Node is not thought to be at your home as other products in this review. More focused on professional fields, it has a basic cylinder to which you can add diferent sensors. There is a vast variety of them: color scanner, barcode scanner, infrarred temperature measurement, gases concentration, etc. The most interesting for home use is Clima: barometric pressure, room temperature, ambient light and humidity. It is absolutely compatible with iOS but doesn’t work well with all Android devices. There are many packs available. The Node basic cylinder costs 149$. You can find more information in Node website.
One of the most complete air quality devices available. Born as a weather station it allows to take care of your home air. Two amazing cylinders: one outdoors and one indoors. The first one will provide outdoors temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, weather forecast and air quality. The indoors one will also let you know the temperature, humidity and air quality (and will send you a piece of advice to ventilate your home when needed). But it also includes a noise level sensor as well as a CO2 sensor. A great pack that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It costs 169€ and you can read more about it in Neatmo website.
Alima / Foobot
Alima (the image on the left) was the first beta tester edition made by Airboxlab. After receiving reviews, Foobot (the image on the right) was developed and is fully commercialized. It has most of the sensors we can expect in an air quality kit: temperature, humidity, CO2, CO, noise level and air quality (volatile compounds and PM2.5). It can be placed like a small decorative piece in your house. It will help you to keep your home well ventilated as well as maintain a good temperature. It is compatible with iOS and Android. Its price is 169€ + shipment. You can read more about it in Foobot website.
Cubesensors / Koto
Cubesensors is the smallest of all these devices. Really well designed, these small cubes will provide a big amount of data. Its nice design makes it a great option to be installed whenever you want. They are thought to be placed in several places at the same time within your home. The sensors included in Cubesensors are: temperature, humidity, CO2, CO, noise level and air quality (volatile compounds). Moreover, when a theat arises, the small cube will light up in red. If you want to know the air quality and status of Cubesensors you will have just to shake it. The light colour will tell you how is all going. The most basic package includes 2 detectors + 1 base and costs 235€. If you want more information about it you can visit Cubesensors website.
Cubesensors is currently being updated to Kobo. A new device that will bring more functionalities. We will bring the information as soon as it’s available.
Tzoa is a really interesting device. Different to other options explained in this post, Tzoa is a wearable. You can take it whenever you want and it will track all this information: air quality (both PM10 and PM2.5), UV radiation, light level, humidity and temperature. It will help you to know how is the air as you go across your city. Moreover, it allows to share this information creating a network to know which places are more polluted. Tzoa is being currently developed and will be available for preorder in Q2 this year. Shipments will start at Q4. You can find more information in Tzoa website.
Awair is a very well designed device. Its wood frame gives it a stylish appearance. Awair allows you to know the next information from air: temperature, humidity, CO2, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and dust (PM2.5). Among its different functions, we can find a very interesting one that allow us to select the ‘mode’ in which we want Awair to work. There are up to six different options: allergy, productivity, beauty, wellness, pregnancy and sleep. Selecting one of those modes, Awair will monitor the air quality characteristics and will learn from your habits. Afterwards, it will tell you some recommendations to improve air quality regarding your mode purpose. It is compatible with iOS and Android. It costs 149$ and will be shipped by early Fall 2015. You can find more information in Awair website.
As said in the begining of this post, several solutions to get more information about our home air quality. Enough options to choose the most suitable for each one. Finally, here you have a summarize table with all these products and the possibilities they offer.