Amazon Launches a Smart Air Quality Monitor

Amazon is expanding its range of smart home devices once again, with the launch of a Smart Air Quality Monitor today.

The small device requires a power outlet and connection to the Alexa app. Once pluged in and linked to Alexa, the air quality in your home will be monitored over time. Five factors are taken into account as part of the assessment: particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, humidity, and temperature. The air is rated and given a score, and depending on the rating, Alexa will provide tips on how to improve the air quality, but also sends a notification if it drops to a poor state.

Alexa Air Quality Rating

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The monitor doesn’t have a speaker or microphone, so it requires the Alexa app or an Alexa-enabled device in order to allow for voice control and notifications. For example, an Echo Show makes for a good pairing if you want to see how the air quality fluctuates over hours, days, or even weeks. Amazon did include an multicolor LED indicator on the device for feedback on the air quality with a quick glance.

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Amazon makes it clear the Smart Air Quality Monitor is not a replacement for a certified carbon monoxide alarm or detector, and it’s only for use indoors. You can pre-order one in the US from today for $69.99, but it won’t be released until Dec. 8. It’s also possible to order one with an Echo Dot for $79.99 or an Echo Show 5 for $89.99.

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