Written by Stewart Wolpin
But temperature control is only one part of your home’s environment. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, a number of companies showed they are creating smart products to control other elements of your home’s environment.
Clear the Air
The app is more than just a control center, however. It gathers and delivers hourly updated data on local outdoor air quality from thousands of gauging stations across the U.S. to let you know what may be lurking outside. After identifying what’s outside, Blueair’s system can then eliminate 99.97 percent of the airborne allergens, chemicals or other pollutants that may have leaked into your abode.
Similarly, Coway is exhibiting its Airmega smart air purifying system, which claims to cleanse 99 percent of nasty things in the air, and will become available in March.
Airmega’s app live-monitors your indoor pollution level and collects a 24-hour cross-section to a year’s worth of data on your home’s air condition. It also lets you know if you need a replacement filter, which you can buy from inside the app.
First Alert, the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm folks, are making an entire line of new Onelink products compatible with Apple’s HomeKit and controllable by Siri.
For people who don’t have a smart thermostat to interact with, the company is debuting its 3 by 2.8 inch white Onelink Wi-Fi Environment Monitor (available within the next three months), which sends alerts to an iOS device when the temperature and humidity shifts or if CO levels rise. You can even ask Siri to check the environmental status.
But you don’t have to rely on alerts or Siri – the Monitor has an LED ring around the top: amber means the room is warmer than its preset level, blue means the room is colder, red warns CO levels are too high, and white means the room temperature is just right.
Smart thermostats, such as those from Honeywell and Nest, have become a popular – and, OK, smart – way of keeping homes not too hot and not too cold, saving both energy and money with their programmable and automatic functions.