Monitoring Indoor Air Quality: The AirThings Wave Plus

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The AirThings Wave Plus monitor provides real-time air quality data to let you know of any potentially dangerous issues with the indoor air that you breathe the most.

Know the Air You Breathe

We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. It’s worth knowing how clean your indoor air is and what’s in it, so you can take action to improve it.

The Airthings Wave Plus monitor provides real-time air quality data to your phone with six sensors that monitor:

  • Temperature – Being able to see your home’s temperature while you’re away – particularly during the winter – can prevent a frozen plumbing pipe catastrophe.
  • Humidity – Keeping your home at optimum humidity levels wards off mold from too much humidity and susceptibility to flu, colds, and allergies from low humidity.
  • Air pressure – Knowing whether air is escaping or infiltrating, and at what rate, is important for energy efficiency.
  • Carbon monoxide – Known as the silent killer, it’s vital to know that CO levels are in check.
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOC) – VOCs from common cleaning products, paints, building materials, carpeting, and many other things can linger in a home long after their use/installation. VOCs can be mildly irritating or cause cancer or damage to the central nervous system.
  • Radon – Radon is a known cause of cancer and unsafe levels must be mitigated. Also, the law requires full disclosure of unsafe Radon levels with the sale of a house.

I’ve had the Wave plus set up in my basement laundry/utility area for two months. My sensor averages have been in the green, but I did notice a spike in CO when the dryer was running. After retaping some duct seams, those CO spikes noticeably lessened. If an air monitor motivates the ounce of prevention needed to ensure a safe and healthy house, then it’s a smart thing worth having.