One of the great benefits of living in the 21st century is the arrival of the Smart Home. Once a concept for science fiction, modern technological wizardry has provided us with mainstream gadgets for our homes which do a lot of things automatically. But with progress comes a price: all that industry and tech can hit you where it hurts, right in the lungs!
Air quality is a big concern today, and indoor air quality can be five times as bad as the outdoors, thanks to our enclosed living spaces. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping at night or getting ill with no discernable reason, it might be time to take a look at your home’s air quality.
A study from the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews shows that sensors are the key to a comfortable Smart Home life. The aging population as well as the complex demands on home comfort and modern living mean that technology for automation is the key to achieving modern living goals.
If you’re confused on how to make it happen, we’ve got you covered. Here are five things you can do to automate the process of checking your home’s air quality.
- Make use of Alexa – fast becoming the core of the modern Smart Home, Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker system makes use of natural voice language recognition, an ever-present microphone that picks up your voice and a slew of APIs which let it work with most smart gadgets on the market today. This is the first step to creating a fully-automated Smart Home hub.
- Check the Air with Uhoo – uHoo is the most advanced air quality monitor on the market today, with sensors capable of picking up the slightest changes in air quality. It tracks nine different metrics for air, and uses WiFi to interface with Alexa and the rest of your Smart Home. This device is the key to detecting any problems with your air quality.
- Google Home Assistant – Google’s Smart Home Wi-Fi speaker can work directly with your home’s ventilation and air conditioning system. uHoo senses the air, and sends an alert to Google Home. You can talk to it similar to Amazon’s Alexa using natural language. For example, you can ask it what your carbon dioxide levels are, and it will talk back to you with the answer. The speaker can also be setup to operate your HVAC, providing the ventilation needed to keep the air clean.
- Get a Smart Home-enabled HVAC – back in the 70’s HVAC systems had a simple on-and-off switch. It worked, but wasn’t sophisticated enough to balance out each room in the house, and it certainly wasn’t something that could work with today’s modern smart gadgets. Modern HVAC systems can work with Google Home, Alexa and uHoo to properly ventilate and control temperature in each room of the house.
- Use your Smart Phone to monitor it all – Once you have it up and running, uHoo has an app for your phone which lets you check the readings for your home’s air quality. While you don’t need to check in every waking minute (that’s the point of automation) the phone interface lets you see how things at your convenience, so you can make changes any time. This works with Alexa as your control center, you don’t even need to get up to improve the air quality of your home. Indeed, you don’t even need to be home at all!
Home air quality can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. The biggest obstacle to the automated smart home life is a matter of integration and acceptance from users, and education plays a big role in that. The more people understand the technology and learn how to use it, the more homes will have smart systems capable of automating and improving their lives.
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