Smart Home Air Quality Monitors: know the air that you breathe

Keeping the air fresh and clean at home leads directly to a healthier and more active you. The average adult breathes a total of about 11,000 litres of air per day. That is a lot of air going in and out of your body as you inhale and exhale. So start monitoring the air quality at home with one of these smart air quality monitors.

You Are What You Breathe

Keep everyone at home safe with one of these smart air quality monitors. These nifty gadgets have the ability to detect a variety of harmful airborne particles and alerting you so you can take the appropriate action. Use an air filter, open the window, switch on the exhaust fan, order a deep carpet clean, muster up the energy to do a proper spring clean or simply take a short vacation and get the cleaners in are some of your options.

Indoor air pollution can be caused by poor ventilation. Keep your room clean and circulate the air in the room at least once a day.

Modern air quality monitors also detect Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are organic chemicals that vaporises at normal room temperature and permeates the air in enclosed rooms. These molecules enters the ambient air and as you inhale, moves into your body. The chemical compounds are either natural or man-made and are released from paint, cleaning detergent or aerosols, some of which are dangerous to the human body in the long term.

As for the airborne particles, these sensors can detect PM 2.5, fine particles equal to or less than 2.5 microns in diameter. These particles are so small that they go into our respiratory system and cause harmful effects to the body. As they are smaller, they also stay longer in the air than compared to bigger dust particles so we are more susceptible to breathing them in.

Next to PM 2.5 air particles and Volatile Organic Compounds, advanced air monitors can also pick up carbon dioxide level, humidity and temperature. Some air quality monitors offer the option of a remote sensor that you can place outside to check the air quality index around your area. You best option is to combine an air quality monitor with an air purifier if one is not built-in to help clean and neutralise the air at home.

Do You Need One

If you work from home, have little ones in the house, suffers from dust or pollen allergies, dealing with asthma, eczema or generally just want better well being and health than an air quality monitor helps you achieve that. Dust and pollen can cause allergies and asthma attacks. Dry air can cause itchy skin and exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema.

On the other hand, high humidity level can cause mould, mildew and bacteria to grow. A balanced humidity level can help manage asthma and allergies. Next, knowing that your room is set at the right temperature helps you and your child especially toddlers feel more comfortable during the day as well as at night. These are some of the benefits of an air quality monitor.

Bottom line is, knowing that the air you are breathing is safe gives you peace of mind. Receiving timely alerts so you can take the corrective measures when the indoor air is polluted to an unhealthy level especially with chemicals and toxins trapped in the house ensures that you are not exposed to harmful levels of these chemicals.

How Best to Make the Most of Your New Air Quality Monitor

Now if you already have an air quality monitor, here are a few tips to the most out of it. The best place for your air quality monitor is in the middle of the room. This is typically on the coffee table in the living room, on the dining table in the dining room, on a side table or console in the bedrooms and the counter top in the kitchen. Do not put the unit too high up or too low down. If you want to know how the whole house is doing, get multiple of these, one for each room for maximum coverage.

It’s pointless having the information and not taking the correction steps to improve the air quality in the room. Once you have a stable reading, spend some time looking at the recommendations and tips as to how to improve the air quality in the room. Do you need to open the windows, switch on the fan, remove the offending source of give the room a deep clean. Once you have taken the corrective measures, check again in a couple of hours to make sure that things have improved.

To keep things under control, make sure that you set the notifications on your app to alert you when things happen to go south again. You can also add plants in your house and serves to keep the air clean. You can find a long list of plants that act as nature’s air purifier and can help tremendously with the air quality indoor. You can find a quick sample of plants that care for the air in your home in the image below. These go by their more familiar house names such as Peace Lily, Chrysanthemum, Weeping Fig, Snake Plant, Dracaena, Spider Plant and Aloe Vera. All which can be grown indoor.

Plants That Help Clean the Air
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The last tip we have for you to make the most of your air quality monitor is to pair it with a smart device be it a smart plug for a fan, an air purifier or air conditioner. That way, the cleaning and airing process is automated, short of opening the doors and windows to let fresh air in, these digital ‘recipe’s be it on the companion app, Alexa or IFTTT can help react automatically to the condition in your room.

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