Awair has just announced its second-generation air quality monitor. Finished in the same North American walnut as its stylish predecessor, the new model now detects fine dust for the first time.
Although the design and basic features remain unchanged from the 2017 original, the Awair 2nd Edition's ability to detect fine dust (known as PM2.5) is intended to help owners better understand the dangers of poor air quality in the home.
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Also known as fine particles, PM2.5 are pollutants which measure less than 2.5 micrometers, which is approximately three percent of the width of a human hair. When breathed in, these particles are absorbed into the bloodstream, and overexposure to them can cause health issues like respiratory inflammation, heart disease, cancer and birth defects.
PM2.5 are most commonly produced by the burning of fossil fuels, and can be created in the home by smoking, cooking, burning candles and lighting open fires.
The new fine dust measurement sits alongside the Awair's ability to track volatile organic compound (VOC) chemicals, carbon dioxide, humidity and temperature. As before, the new Awair displays a score for each of these measurements on its front, alongside a score out of 100 for local air quality (the higher the number, the better the air).
The Awair also alerts you via a companion smartphone app if any of these measurements rise, helping you understand the air quality of you home. The app also offers advice on how to improve your air quality, and can be tailored to provide advice depending on which room the Awair is in, and what you want to improve (sleep or concentration, for example).
Users can also use the Awair to help keep track of their allergies and what might be causing them, and for optimizing the air quality in a baby's room. Awair claims its toxin tracking tech has "helped individuals sleep 50 percent better by allowing them to make small changes to their air quality."
The new Awair is compatible with a wide range of smart home platforms, including Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest and IFTTT (If This, Then That), and the companion app is available for both iOS and Android. The new Awair costs $199 and is available now.
You can check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see what other smart devices that are compatible with Awair.