A home air-quality monitor taking the fight to dust

Give your health an extra boost, and stay on top of airborne dust and pollution, by adding an Awair to your home

Awair, £159
Awair, £159 | Image: Hugh Threlfall

There is a growing body of opinion that indoor air quality is a major factor in health. A study of 6,000 people at Norway's University of Bergen showed that regular exposure to cleaning products, and the VoCs (volatile organic compounds) therein, significantly affects lung function. 

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All power, then, to the recent proliferation of home gadgets to monitor indoor air quality. Since I reported on the Luxembourg-designed Foobot (from which I learnt that even turning on a gas ring should be cause to open a window), the renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ranked the device among the four best air quality monitors. Down the list a little, but not too far, was the Awair, from a San Francisco startup. Even if you have a Foobot or equivalent monitoring your home, I’d make a case for accessorising it with an Awair – or indeed a fleet of Awairs. 

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As well as keeping tabs on VoCs, CO2, temperature and humidity, the Awair monitors airborne dust, which I always find is worst in bedrooms. In addition, it happens to look pretty and restful, with a calming digital display that can be configured as a clock as well as a pollution readout. Awair also has an informative app, as good as, yet different from Foobot’s. The more information you get on this aspect of your home the better, I think. I have also found its readings side by side with the Foobot to be almost identical.

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