Amazon Indoor Smart Air Quality Monitor Review – Reviewed
Many of us have become more aware of the air we breathe in public spaces over the last several years, but what about in the comfort of our own four walls? Poor indoor air quality can be hard to spot, but with a device like Amazon’s Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor, you can get insights into the air you’re breathing at home.
The device, which works with Alexa, analyzes the atmosphere inside of your home by checking for common contributors to poor air quality like particulate matter (PM 2.5), volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, humidity, and temperature levels. The readings are sent to the Amazon Alexa app, and Alexa herself can make announcements via Echo speakers and displays when poor air quality is detected.
I’ve been testing the Amazon Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor for several weeks at my home. Here’s what I think.
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What we like
Indoor air quality insights are easy to understand
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy
You can see an increase in VOCs when we start painting and a decrease once we are done.
The Amazon Alexa app, where you’ll set up and manage the monitor, provides a dashboard of details about your home’s air quality broken up into the five main categories the device is tracking for, as well as a general overview of the indoor air quality. Insights are provided on an hourly, daily, and weekly basis, allowing you to drill down into the data for a better understanding (and tips for creating cleaner air at home).
I mostly tested this monitor in my dining room (nearby my open concept kitchen). I noticed the biggest dips in air quality came while cooking, like using my electric oven and range top. During these instances, the air quality monitor tracked higher levels of particle matter and humidity than before I started cooking, likely from a combination of steam, smoke, and food particles floating through the air. This prompted me to open the windows and set the range hood fan to a higher speed than I normally would—two ways that can help improve air quality.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy
I tested the Amazon Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor in my son’s room for a day while painting with one of Farrow and Ball’s low-VOC paints.
I also tested the monitor while using a low-VOC paint, or paint with a reduced amount of volatile organic compounds, to see what, if anything, it might track. Before painting, the chart shows a lower number of VOCs than before I started painting. The monitor tracked 24 VOCs toward the end of the painting session (still a safe amount), and tapered all the way off once we were done. I kept the window cracked for added ventilation during painting because this was done in my son’s room (with his help).
Ultimately, the benefit to using the monitor is that it can bring awareness to a problem you may not know you had with your indoor air (like high levels of VOCs or increased humidity). The data from Amazon’s smart air quality monitor can be used to help you make more informed decisions about improving the air quality, like running an air purifier when a poor reading is detected.
Provides informative alerts for Alexa smart homes
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel …….