Awair is one of the top air quality monitors currently in the market and it was actually developed by someone who had first-hand experience with the effects or rather the threats that indoor air pollution can pose to the health of a person.
It’s designed to analyze the air quality within a room and recommend specific solutions according to the analysis to help improve the air quality.
With a number of similar smart devices out there capable of doing the same thing, what makes Awair special? That’s what we are going to find out today in this comprehensive review.
Below is the good and the bad of this smart technology including my final thoughts on whether or not it’s really worth your investment if you want to ensure each breath you take is safe.
- Well-built and easy to use
- Reliable sensors measuring up to five basic metrics of air
- Compatible with other Home Automation Devices
- Offers relevant suggestions and statistics
- Easy to install
- The sensors are not really 100% accurate
- There are some issues with Wi-Fi connectivity
Most Outstanding Features
It’s Well Built with Easy to Use Interfaces
The first thing to like about Awair is its simple yet intuitive design. The combination of grilled milk white plastic and a wooden surround gives it a somewhat retro but stylish look which is quite attractive as far as aesthetics is concerned.
When it comes to the interface of the unit itself, it’s as well simple and easy to read. It has an LED screen with five columns for displaying the level of each of the five basic metrics of air (Temperature, Humidity, CO2, VOCs and Dust) that Awair tracks. The fewer the dots on each column the healthier the air.
You can also set the LED screen to show the air quality of the house using green-yellow-red color code system like a spotlight with Green for Good, Yellow for Fair and Red for Poor. And if you want a more precise reading you can set it to give you a simple overall score that range from zero to 100.
It’s something that even children can easily interpret which is really important especially when something is amiss.
All this information can also be accessed via a smartphone using the Awair app. The app is not just a redundancy of data, it provides statistics and uses it to give recommendations on what to do to improve the air quality. So, it’s quite useful and the interface is pretty much straightforward like the LED panel.
Basically, you will have no trouble using this device as well as understanding the data being displayed. It has been designed for the simple user.
All-in-one Measuring System
Awair is equipped with five sensors that analyze the five metrics of air, that is, Temperature, Humidity, CO2, VOCs and Dust level. The plastic panel has a big hole on one side where the air naturally flows through it into the sensors.
- Temperature sensor measures from -40 to +125°C with an accuracy of +/- 0.3°C
- Humidity sensor reads from 0 to 95% with +/- 3% accuracy
- CO2 is measured from 0 to 4000 ppm with +/- 75 parts per million accuracy
- Dust volumes are measured from 0 to 500 μg/m3
On top of all this, Awair can detect a range of Volatile Organic Compounds such as hydrogen gas, ammonia and ethanol.
Generally in terms of accuracy, Awair seems quite reliable. The CO2, VOCs and dust particle sensors seems to be relatively accurate. I compared the readings with the Foobot and they were very consistent.
The humidity and temperature sensors are not that accurate though but they are not that critical as far as determining air quality is concerned.
Aside from being relatively accurate, the response to changes in air quality is quick. The device collects measurements every 15 seconds, so it has a longer sample rate and that means it typically captures more acute changes in air quality.
Overall, unlike most other monitors, Awair provides a more reliable air analysis and the fact that it also gives real time recommendations is a big plus.
Compatible with other Home Automation Devices
Awair so far works fine over Wi-Fi network but earlier when it was released, connection was dropping off from time to time. Seems like they took care of this issue but it also features Bluetooth which comes in handy as another connection option when the Wi-Fi network isn’t that much reliable.
Now even much better, this device can work with the other smart home devices. You can link it with your air purifier or humidifier where it can feed them data to initiate a response to any changes in the air quality.
The first time I tried it with my home’s Nest thermostat, I noticed a change of temperature, apparently the temperature was too high and the Awair device had immediately sensed it and alerted the Nest thermostat to turn the heat down. That was amazing especially considering that the best that most air quality monitors can do is to only offer information on the level of air quality.
However, the list of compatible devices is currently limited to only two devices, the Amazon’s Echo and the Nest Learning Thermostat. With subsequent upgrades, we can expect this list to grow, thereby very soon it should be almost compatible with any smart home automation device.
Comprehensive Analysis and Personalized Suggestions
As I mentioned earlier, Awair offers suggestions for improving the quality of the air and even trigger some of the other smart home devices to respond to any changes.
The best part is that it also keep tracks of your daily routines and habits and when the data builds up over time, it can deliver more personalized recommendations to ensure that every breath of air you take within your roof is safe. It actually assumes the role of a personal air quality coach.
Hardware and Software Are Easy to Install
The entire installation process takes only a few minutes, it is really simple. It’s a matter of plugging in the Awair device and downloading the mobile app which is available for both Android platform and iOS.
Once you’ve done this and created an account and logged in, the next step is pairing it with your smartphone. The device lets you know when it’s ready to pair by displaying a blue dot. When you enable the Bluetooth on your phone, the app detects the Awair device and prompts you to enter a 4 digit code to complete the pairing. The code is displayed on the device when you plug it in.
So, once you enter the code and the two devices are successfully paired, the installation is as good as done. The sensors automatically kick in, they start analyzing your air and in case you are out of the “Green Zone” it immediately suggests some few tips.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Of course nothing is perfect and certainly not Awair. Here are some issues I noted:
Not 100% Accurate
Although the sensors are calibrated, they are not very precise, they slightly fall short than what the actual specs claim. However, I noticed that the situation might be different depending on the locality because some readings seem more accurate for some people while for others there are slight variations. Nevertheless, since the device is still in its infant state, we can expect this to get better as Awair release new updates.
Wi-Fi Connectivity Is Not That Reliable
Wi-Fi connectivity has also been one of the major issues with this device. Although mine is still working just fine, in a number of customers reviews, there are complains that it tends to drop-off frequently. The good thing though is that the developers have been addressing this issue, so again we will wait for the regular updates and see if there are any changes.
Awair – Final Verdict
Compared to most other smart home air monitors, particularly Foobot since I have also experimented with it, I think Awair offers a lot of positive features and is really up to the task of improving the air quality. It looks great and despite the two slight issues, it functions pretty well.
I can say it’s one of the best air monitors in the market that is quite useful and can really help you take control over the quality of air you breathe in your home.
So, if you are looking to invest in your health and that of your family, then you can start with monitoring your indoor air quality and Awair Smart Indoor Air quality monitor is the kind of device that can help achieve this.