The vast majority of us spend most of our time indoors. Yet we often have no idea about the quality of the air we breathe indoors and how it can affect our long- and short-term health. That’s why, in recent years, manufacturers like Dyson, LG and Samsung have started offering devices that inform users about the state of air pollution in their homes and what to do about it.
Now Sensibo, the Israeli company that was among the first in the world to produce smart air conditioners, is joining this trend and is introducing a new device that can tell us more about the air we breathe.
Is the air clean or not?
The new device from Sensibo is called Sensibo Elements. This monitor can be placed in different rooms of your home where it constantly monitors air quality and various pollutants that may or may not be present in your environment. On the device itself, behind the Sensibo icon, there is a light that uses different colors to indicate the level of pollution in your home without having to open the app.
If that sounds a little familiar, maybe that’s because the company’s previous flagship product – Sensibo Pure – is the air filter we tested last year. Unlike Sensibo Elements, which mainly gives you an indication of the condition of the air but cannot necessarily influence the quality, Sensibo Pure can both monitor and improve air quality. Sensibo Elements is just a monitor, but unlike Sensibo Pure, it not only shows you that the air is polluted with harmful microparticles, but also knows how other specific pollutants such as CO2, VOCs, micropollutants (PM2. 5) and ethanol . Within the app you can see the levels of the different pollutants and get instructions on how to find the source of the pollution and hopefully eliminate it to enjoy cleaner air.
Sensibo as an ecosystem
Sensibo Elements supports the company’s PureBoost feature. So if you have other Sensibo devices at home, it can tell them to start running. When Sensibo Elements senses that pollution levels in the home are increasing, it can turn on your connected air conditioner (via Sensibo Sky or Air) and initiate a ventilation cycle to create cleaner air while increasing airflow. If you have the company’s air purifier, Sensibo Pure, Sensibo Elements can direct it to start operating. In short, Sensibo is building a product system that works like an ecosystem, in unison, together; Not only do you want to achieve your ideal indoor climate, you also want to have clean air.
Ran Roth, CEO and co-founder of Sensibo: “There is no doubt that more than two years of COVID-19 has increased awareness of air quality issues at home and in the office. More and more people are currently looking for solutions that allow them to control the air quality in their immediate surroundings. Sensibo Elements is synchronized with the rest of Sensibo products and in this way we enable each person to ensure that they live in an environment that is free of contamination , which are not visible to the human eye but dramatically affect health and quality of life.”
We’ve already tried it
We received Sensibo Elements for a quick test, and as with any Sensibo product, installation was so easy – anyone could do it in half a minute: Plug in the Sensibo Elements device to the mains (charger not included – thanks Apple and Samsung ), scan the QR found in the Sensibo app, enter the password for the router and … that’s it. From that moment on, a small graphic has been added below the row of the room I assigned the device to, and the air quality in the room is shown (surprisingly good). Clicking on this graphic will take you to a dashboard showing you the amounts of the specific pollutants.
Unfortunately, clicking on the individual components does not explain, for example, what they can be or tips for improving air quality. I don’t know if the reason is that all the indicators in the rooms of my house are positive today and maybe the app will alert me if there is any harmful pollution. But regardless, at least in my first experience, such alerts don’t occur on a daily basis, which means I haven’t learned anything new about my surroundings so far, or how to improve them to enjoy fresher air. As the company’s CEO told me, there is value in knowing that there is no air pollution in your home – certainly when we’re dealing with populations that are sensitive to pollution, like newborns.
Sensibo Elements is available on the company’s website for 619 ILS (or 549 ILS during the Black Friday sale).