UNBOXED: Reviewing the Airthings Wave Plus Smart Indoor Air Quality Monitor
As I write this review, I am currently on my couch at home after deciding not to go into the office as a precaution amid the coronavirus outbreak. I am one of many people around the globe that have made this same decision, and I know we all hope that these extra steps we’re taking help to slow the spreading of this serious illness.
While I sit at home though, I’m reminded that my “safe place” can also pose some dangers of its own--some of which I’m not even fully aware of. Sure, most of us have the standard smoke and carbon monoxide detectors but there is really so much more going on inside the walls of a home that most people aren’t testing for. After receiving the Airthings Wave Plus, I’ve learned so much about the importance of healthy air quality and the steps I can take to ensure the levels in my home are where they need to be.
Setting up the Airthings Wave Plus took only a few minutes. I paired the round, white device to the Airthings app, added my location, and assigned it to the room in my house where I planned to keep it. The directions said to wait seven days before reading too much into the reports so that the device could adjust to its surroundings.
While I was waiting, I read about the six different levels the Airthings Wave Plus tests for in the home: Radon, TVOC, CO2, Humidity, Temperature, and Pressure. When all of those levels are considered “good,” which is indicated by a green light on the device, people are generally more productive, have higher energy levels, and are less likely to get sick. Some of the side effects of “dangerous” air quality, represented by a red light, include many short term effects like headaches, coughing, skin irritation, and pneumonia as well as long term effects like cardiovascular disease, asthma, cancer, liver damage, and more. And while that may sound a bit scary, there are several steps that can be taken to ensure you’re always in the safe zone.
For the past few months that this product has been in my home, I’ve gotten all three readings at some point. Without any other way to test if all the levels were accurate, I often compared the temperature reading on the Wave Plus to my thermostat, and they were almost always the exact same, with the exception of one degree on a few occasions. When I got a red “dangerous” reading or the yellow “warning” reading, I knew it was time to lower the heat, open a window, turn off the fireplace, or blow out the candle I was burning.
It was easy to check the levels every day since I kept the Airthing Wave Plus in a high traffic area and just had to wave my hand over it to get a read on my air quality. If I got a green light, I typically didn’t look into what the exact levels were, but when I got a red or yellow light, I almost always checked the app to see where the Radon, CO2 and TVOC levels were at. I also turned on the “Radon Alarm” in the event that those levels were to really go off the charts and put my family in danger. Thankfully, I haven’t had any experience with that yet.
Now that the weather is a little warmer, I’ve started to notice that I’ll mostly get readings that are perfectly normal and safe, which has provided an extra sense of comfort. The only negative feedback I can conjure up about this product is that since most people probably just want to wave their hand over it like me, you’re a bit limited on where you can hang the device. It’ll need to be somewhere within arms reach, so even though it looks like a smoke detector, it can’t be hung in the same type of area as one, so long as people want to use the “wave” feature easily.
I feel like the Airthing Wave Plus has made me 1,000% more conscious of my home’s air quality and has motivated me keep my heat lower and open up the windows more often. The status of our health is reliant upon so many different factors, not just exercise and nutrition, so a product like this really helps make sure we’re hitting all the bases.