While we all look forward to the warmer days and lighter nights of spring, this time of year means the arrival of allergy season for many of us.
Sneezing, coughing, streaming eyes, and a blocked nose can cause untold misery for many hundreds of thousands of people each year, so the quality of your indoor air is an essential factor for so many sufferers of seasonal allergies.
Even if you don’t react to pollen, there can be many other airborne allergens that can reduce your indoor air quality and make it unhealthy to breathe. Air pollution from traffic fumes, dust, mould spores and pet dander are other common allergens that many thousands of people struggle to deal with all year round.
Your indoor air quality relates to your comfort and health, so making sure that you maintain healthy air circulation around your home or office can help reduce symptoms similar to a head cold or another viral disease.
It can be hard to determine whether you have contracted a cold or if it is the irritating allergens in the air that are causing your symptoms. If you have an indoor air purifying system and notice that your symptoms fade while indoors but worsen when you go outside, you will know the cause.
It can help to monitor your indoor air quality to ensure you remain comfortable and symptom-free while spending time in your home or office. Our indoor air quality monitor reviews will help you achieve this.
Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor
This is an Amazon own-brand indoor air quality monitor that is certified to work with Alexa voice control. An Alexa device is required for this air quality monitor to work effectively. It is worth getting if you already own a suitable Alexa device or plan to buy one.
• particulate matter (PM 2.5)
• volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
• carbon monoxide (CO)
• humidity and temperature
• Sudden changes in air quality
If Alexa detects changes in your indoor air quality, you will get instant notifications on your smartphone or via your Echo devices. You can turn on or off your Alexa-enabled devices such as air purifiers, dehumidifiers and heaters when the indoor air quality is poor.
SAF Aranet4 Home: Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitor
This is a stand-alone indoor air quality monitor for home or office use. It measures CO2 levels, air temperature, humidity levels and More. It has a colour-coded system to indicate normal, average, and high particles in the air.
It is a portable, battery-operated unit that you can take with you from home to work to keep an eye on the air quality while you work or relax at home. It has an e-ink screen that is easy to read, and you can download an app for personal configuration and settings.
This device has a handy visual and audio warning when CO2 concentration in the air gets too high. It weighs just 104 grammes and measures 70x70x24 mm / 2.76×2.76×0.94 inches, making it easy to carry with you from home to work.
Wireless Indoor Air Quality Monitor for Home, Office or School [CO2, Temperature, Humidity and More] Portable, Battery Powered, E-Ink Screen, App for Configuration & Data History
Airthings Wave Mini – Indoor Air Quality Monitor
This is an ideal solution for those concerned about the health risks of mould. This monitor reads air humidity and temperature so you can regulate the air quality to ensure optimal levels in your home.
Mould growth can trigger asthma and cause other illnesses, so the Wave Mini will monitor air quality and help you prevent the ideal conditions for it to develop. It also measures Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted from a range of sources such as cleaning chemicals, plastics and outdoor pollution.
Indoor Air Quality Monitor – Chemicals (TVOCs), Mould Risk, Humidity, Temperature
Therm La Mode CO2 Sensor
A compact, battery-operated NDIR digital sensor for CO2 levels in the air. As soon as CO2 levels reach a set value, an audio alarm will sound, alerting you to take action by venting the room.
The Therm La Mode sensor has three types of air quality alerts, so you can choose from three-colour LED indicators and know the current carbon dioxide levels at any time.
CO2 Monitor, Air Quality Monitor Indoor , 3-in-1 CO2 Meter,Therm La Mode CO2 Sensor with Temperature & Humidity, NDIR Carbon Dioxide Detector, Auto Calibration CO2 Detector
Airthings 2930 Wave Plus
A small and discreet sensor for detecting radon, CO2 and TVOCs in the air. Battery-powered and easily portable, this award-winning smart indoor air quality monitor was named TIME magazine’s Best Inventions 2019.
This is an ideal solution for people wanting to monitor levels of Radon, Carbon Dioxide (CO2), toxins and chemicals (Total VOCs), humidity, temperature and air pressure.
CO2 and TVOCs Detector with Temperature
Netatmo Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor
A handy device for measuring and monitoring a range of air quality levels such as temperature, humidity, noise and CO2. This is a battery-operated device that comes supplied with a long-lasting lithium battery.
You can check your indoor air quality readings using your smartphone and view reports via the app. You can set up alerts for when your air quality changes so you can take action.
Indoor Air Quality Monitor (temperature, humidity, noise and CO2 sensors), NHC-UK
Temp Air Quality Detector
An ergonomically designed laser air quality sensor with an easy to read digital display. The Temp sensor is a PM2.5 PM10 style Particle Monitor that is battery operated and portable.
This model is exclusively designed to detect harmful particles with a three-in-one air quality detector. It uses a particle swarm optimization algorithm to detect and measure haze and smog particles as small as 0.3um.
Air Quality Detector, PM2.5 PM10 Particle Monitor Professional Laser Air Quality Sensor Meter Accurate Testing, P-600
INGRESS 7 in 1 Indoor Air Pollution Detector
A handheld air quality monitor for detecting Formaldehyde, VOC, PM2.5, PM1.0, PM10, Temperature, and Humidity levels. This detector has a bright and easy to read LCD screen to give you accurate readings at a glance.
Unlike other air quality monitors on the market, the Igeress 7 in 1 is a corded electric model, so you will never have to worry about any batteries running out.
7 in 1 Indoor Air Pollution Detector Meter for Formaldehyde, VOC, PM2.5, PM1.0, PM10, Temperature and Humidity Test, Real Time Air Tester Kit with Colorful LCD Screen
APROTII Air Quality Sensor
This stand-alone battery-operated air quality monitor has a 5.4 inch LED display and smartphone app so you can easily monitor the quality of your air remotely.
The sensor detects and monitors CO2, Temperature, PM2.5, PM10, Formaldehyde (HCHO), Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC), and Humidity. It is fully portable so that you can use it at home or in the office.
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Air quality monitor FAQs:
How to measure indoor air quality
The best way to test your air quality is to invest in an air quality monitor that tests for many indications of poor air quality, such as CO2 levels and particles in the air.
What is indoor air pollution?
Indoor air pollution can be a number of things floating in the air inside your home or workplace, such as dust, pollen, dirt or chemical particles, for example, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, or gases that could be harmful to breathe in.
High levels of indoor air pollution have been linked to diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer, and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
How to reduce indoor air pollution
The easiest way to reduce indoor air pollution levels is to open your windows. However, this is only effective if the outdoor air quality is good. Letting in more pollen or damp air may not be good if you have asthma.
You can do other things, including reducing pet dander by bathing your pets and washing their bedding frequently. Use electric air purifiers and AC filters. Fit an exhaust fan in the kitchen to remove cooking fumes. An extractor fan in the bathroom will help remove steam and damp air that can encourage mould and mildew growth.