The Awair is an indoor air quality monitor designed for home use with smart features integrated. It has a classy wooden frame. On the back it has power input and a reset button. On the front is the sensor and a speaker. The front also displays your current indoor air quality represented by a number between 1 and 100 with 100 being the best. In addition, it displays the levels of the 5 key factors – dust, temperature, CO2, humidity, VOCs – that determine your air quality.
The levels of each are represented by straight, vertical lines of dots. The taller the line, the more of that particular parameter was detected. To demonstrate how well the Awair sensors work, take a look at this video. In this video, you can see me breathing on the Awair.
The reason why I chose to breathe on the Awair is because we exhaust different things when we exhale – two of which are water vapor and carbon dioxide. The awair can detect both of these, so when I breathed on it, those two levels spiked. After backing off and waiting a few minutes, they steadily dropped back down as the air quality increased.
The app required for this IAQ monitor can be downloaded for free from the app store. We will see screenshot pictures of the app later on. The Awair will connect to your home wireless network so that you can check it’s status and readings from anywhere you have internet connection on your phone. It’s very light and simple in design. The Awair looks stylish and discrete as well.
Configuring and setting up the awair is very easy, practical, and user-friendly. Inside the box you will find a very short list or set of instructions. To initialize the Awair, simply plug it into the wall, download the free Awair app on your phone, and follow the on-screen instructions. The Awair service will send you a confirmation e-mail. After confirming through the e-mail you will need to connect the Awair to your wireless home network. It will then ask you to set your preferences and location. The on-screen instructions explain exactly how to do all of this and it takes no longer than 3 or 4 minutes to complete. I made a video of myself going through the setup, but I didn’t link to i because honestly it is so straight-forward and simple that there should be absolutely no confusion. The process is one instruction at a time and as long as you know how to read, you will do just fine. The video I made shows me literally going through the steps on my phone, one instruction at a time.
So what does it do? How does it function? Well, quite simply, the Awair has multiple sensors inside of it that are able to detect certain things in the air – VOCs, humidity, dust, CO2, temperature. The Awaire stays plugged in and runs constantly to monitor these levels. If it detects a spike in any one of them, it will send you an alert to your phone and suggest ventilating as an attempt to reduce the high level detected. Once that element drops, the Awair will notify you, telling you it’s safe to breathe again. In addition to displaying the IAQ levels on the device itself, it will show you on the app as well with number values below each level. The Awair also data logs your IAQ levels and displays them in the app on a separate page under “Trend”. Here you will be able to track the IAQ level from day to day and hour to hour. The Awair will use your location to help personalize your experience. Take a look at the pictures below to see what I mean.
What else can it do? Well, if you want to know the time and you don’t want to look at a clock or take out your phone, simply lift up the Awair and place it back down. The display will change to show you the current time. Watch this video to see exactly how to do it.
Now, if you are concerned about something specific when it comes to your indoor air quality, you have some preferences to chose from. Just select what matters to you the most from a list: general, allergy, sleep, productivity, baby. It will then monitor your IAQ levels respective of what you chose. The Awair will also give you tips as they relate to your preferences, telling you what you should know about your indoor air. Additional controls/features can be configured to optimize your experience. You can make the Awair send out emails to designated people if the VOC levels rise too high. You can make the Awair create a spreadsheet to represent your IAQ levels. You can even tell it to blink a different color if CO2 levels rise.
Do you see a grey screen with no readings and blanks everywhere instead of data or numbers? You can’t see any graphs or levels.
Don’t worry, this can be fixed. Awair provides a set of instructions to help you troubleshoot this issue. Follow the steps in order to resolve the issue. First, Awair tells you to restart the Awair by unplugging it, waiting 15 seconds, and then plugging the power cord back in. If that didn’t work, Awair suggests that maybe the problem lies with your wireless network. Check to make sure other devices can connect to your wireless network and that your Awair device is within range of your wireless router. Another explanation could be the settings in your router. Awair is only compatible with a 2.4 Ghz network, so if you know how to change that setting, try doing that. If all these steps have no effect, try a hard reset on the Awair by locating the reset button on the back. Press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. After it resets, your preferences will be deleted, but not your account information or any historical data previously gathered. If none of the steps described above have worked, resort to e-mailing technical support at [email protected]. Their server may be down or under maintenance. Explain to them your issue and they will get back to you right away.
The service was working just fine for about 3 weeks before the application on my phone stopped displaying the indoor air quality readings. The screen was grey and nothing could be selected. Below is an example. Notice how it says “Disconnected” at the bottom middle.
The Awair monitor would still display levels and an overall IAQ grade, but not the app. After emailing customer support, the team at Awair was very quick to respond and assure me that they are working to resolve the issue. A day later, IAQ readings could be seen on my phone again and it appeared like everything was functioning normally. A couple weeks later, the same issue occurred for the second time. I emailed technical support and they responded telling me they would like to resolve the issue over the phone. A day or two later I spoke with someone from technical support and she guided me through some very simple steps – rebooting and re-initializing – that resulted in the issue being fixed. The phone app was functioning properly and the IAQ readings could be seen. No problems or issues have come up since then.
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I am very pleased with the Awair. I found it to be very helpful, direct, and simple to use. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who would like to observe and/or track the quality of their indoor air on a daily basis. I really like the design and look of the indoor air quality monitor. It is classy, elegant, and very unique. It blends in well with my furniture/background and looks great! The customer service was great and the phone app functions clearly and quickly.
Anyone looking for an indoor air quality monitor should, without a doubt, pick-up this device and give it a shot. You will not be disappointed.
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