Monitoring the air in your home has been integral to home safety for many years. In fact, having functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is a requirement in many states today. Most traditional air monitors, however, only alert people of a danger by making noise within the home. Yet from a user perspective, what would happen if you’re away from the home? Perhaps sleeping? Would you rely on a noise within your home to alert you of upcoming danger? If you’re not home to hear your alarm go off, traditional smoke and air monitors are effectively useless. The same applies to smart home security, which we cover here.
Enter the smart home technology solution to air monitoring: smart Smoke & Air Monitors. This is one of my favorite articles I’ve written because it could truly save lives, something that smart devices have sought to impact, though smoke and air monitors are truly making a lasting difference.
What Are Smart Smoke and Air Monitors?
These are devices which connect with your smartphone, via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to update you about changes to your home’s air quality, smoke detection and, in some cases, even allow for remote control. They monitor your home through connected devices.
Why You Need It
Many of these devices will help to save your home in a fire by alerting you of the danger while you are away. However, they can also be helpful for anyone who suffers from various allergies or is sensitive to high pollutants in the air and can truly create peace of mind when, say, you are in the office and your children are at home. You know your home is safe and that your family has a safe place to be, filled of clean air and alerted the moment smoke or air quality is impacted.
Installation & Ease of Use
Most of these products are easy to install and set up. In fact, several of the devices below require little more than taking the item out of it’s original packaging, downloading the corresponding app and connecting to your smartphone to become functional. However, there are always options for professionals to be hired to come and install these products for you. Especially if you decide to go with a product that requires replacing your entire existing smoke and carbon monoxide detector system.
These products tend to have a wide and varying cost range. Depending on which product you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere between $50-$250. With that said, very few additional items (if any at all), are necessary for these product to function. Really the only other requirement is that you have an associated smartphone.
Best Smart Air Monitors & Smoke Alarms – 2018
We’ve chosen the following products based on their use of this new technology, customer reviews, and the unique ways they might help you monitor your home. Many of them have different functionalities, so you may find that having more than one of these products in your home is beneficial.
7. Netatmo Weather Station – Best Indoor Weather Station
Measuring the outdoor air quality is integral to understanding how the air quality within your home is impacted. The Netatmo Personal Weather Station gives you the ability to master your own climate measurements on your smartphone for both internal and external air quality. Outside of the home you can measure outdoor temperature, humidity, air quality and more. Inside your home, this will give you the ability to measure air quality, ventilation warning for CO2 and overall humidity. It’s your personal weather station that interacts with your smartphone.
- Measures overall air pollution inside your home
- Integrates with Alexa
- Analyzes past readings and observes present data
What Users Are Saying
4.0/5 rating on Amazon is stellar for a device like this, and users love the overall performance. One user remarks she has been using this device for three years. Another user recommends looking into privacy settings for this device.
6. BitFinder – Best Looking Air Quality Monitor
The look of a retro alarm clock is just one of the great things I love about the Awair. It’s a product that is totally customizable to you. Tell the BitFinder Awair what is most important to your life, such as sleep, productivity and more, and it will tell you how the air quality around you is affecting those specific areas of your life.
For example, I tell the BitFinder Awair that I am most concerned about productivity during the daytime, and it will alert me if there are any concerns with the air quality during this time. Or, I can tell it that I’m concerned about air quality as I’m sleeping (after all, we spend about 7-8 hours in one room, doing nothing but breathing!) and it will tell me if there are any potential hazards that I need to be aware of.
The Awair is a smart air quality monitor that allows you to track the quality of air in your home via your smartphone at all times, which will alert you should you need to be aware of concerns. This is all tracked for your safety. It’s not restricted to monitoring only what you want it to; it’ll track every aspect of air quality.
- Tracks air quality includes toxins and dust
- Made from natural materials, including 100% North American Walnut timber
- Connects with Next and Alexa
What Users Are Saying
“It makes you pay attention to the air you breathe”, says one user on Amazon. Overall, users are far more aware of how their environment impacts them.
5. Netatmo – Best Potential
This is a brand new product for Netatmo and one that we are so excited to preview. The Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm is an alert system that sends real-time alerts directly to your smartphone so you can take action from anywhere in the world. Simple, right?
Yet, there’s tons more.
Let’s say you’ve burned something on your stovetop. We’ve all done it. Your alarm goes off, and you run to grab a towel to clear the air from the smoke detector before it wrecks havoc on your home. The Netatmo can turn off your alarm right from your smartphone. When you receive an alert, you can silence the alarm right away. In addition, this product will constantly test its battery and overall performance you’re always protected. It will send you self-check reports for ease of mind.
We’re really excited about the potential that the Netatmo has, and we can’t wait to share more as the product becomes available.
- 10-year life span for this product
- Able to integrate with HomeKit
- Integrated LED for status information
What Users Are Saying
This product has yet to hit the shelves, though rest assured we will be monitoring reviews (and testing it for ourselves) when it does.
4. Roost – Makes Dumb Smoke Alarms Smart
The Roost offers a great alternative to those who are not quite ready to purchase a new detector, and instead want to dabble in the market first.
The smart battery is an alternative to the 9-Volt battery within both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Using the Roost, you will be notified through smartphone or tablet if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected within your home. You simply need to download and install the associated app on your smartphone or tablet, and notifications will be sent should a problem unfold.
It has an average battery life of about five years, which equates to about one dollar and thirty cents per month when considering the cost of the product. Just over a ‘buck to turn my dumb smoke and carbon monoxide detector smart? Yes please.
- Product can also notify friends and family should smoke or carbon monoxide be detected
- Protects your home 24/7
- Notifies users if the battery is running low
What Users Are Saying
Users love how easy it is to install and use, however, some users say that they have experienced issues with connectivity. This is obviously important, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on these reviews.
3. Leeo – Best Value
It’s a common misconception that smart homes are left only for the rich when, in fact, smart homes and becoming more and more affordable to build with a little research and elbow grease. Thankfully, we do the research for you here at Ideaing.
The Leeo smoke detector and CO remote alarm fits the affordability criteria. It’s a smoke detector that monitors your existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 24/7. If your alarms go off, the Leeo sends an alert to your smartphone. You can then listen to the alarm, dismiss the notification, or decide to all 9-11. This is all done through the associated app. Easy!
- No installation required! All you need to do is plug it in and connect with your smartphone
- No monthly fees or subscription
- You only need one per home – it listens for the frequency of your existing smoke and CO alarms
Users are impressed with this device on Amazon. They love how easy set-up is!
2. OneLink – Best For Apple HomeKit
A Wi-Fi enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector with HomeKit enabled, the Onelink will send you notifications via your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch if danger is detected. It’s a dependable, functional device, though the big winner here is the HomeKit integration. The alarm is Apple HomeKit-enabled to connect with other compatible HomeKit accessories in your home, a huge bonus.
In addition, privacy is built in to the alarm and data is always encrypted, meaning you won’t need to worry about additional safety concerns.
- 10 year battery life
- Created by First Alert, a company that has been in business for 60 years. Dependable!
- This device can work with other OneLink devices in synchrony, should you wish to place in multiple areas of your home
What Users Are Saying
The OneLink provides peace of mind for users. One Amazon user states “These smart detectors are a little expensive, but the peace of mind it gives me is totally worth it”, while another claims “This has been an awesome purchase! The setup was super simple and the app is great”.
1. Nest – Best of the Best
The pioneer in smart home smoke monitoring, the Nest Protect is a must-have for my connected home, and could be in yours, too. This product connects with my smart phone to alert me about any problems in my home while I’m away. It would also attempt to pinpoint the exact problem in my home, such as which room is emitting smoke or CO. In non-emergency events, I’m also be able to turn off the alarm’s sounds remotely from my smartphone, which I find extremely helpful since I tend to set it off with my cooking on occasion.
And nearly 6000 reviews, over 4.7 stars? Whoa! This product is more than impressive to a ton of people. It’s a true showstopper, which is why it’s the best of the best on our list.
- Tells you where the smoke or CO is coming, especially helpful if you’re out of your home
- The Split-Spectrum Sensor detects both fast and slow burning hazards.
- Super easy to install
What Users Are Saying
The Nest device has a very strong 4.6/5 rating on Amazon.com. Users note that the remote capabilities give them piece of mind, and that the device is much easier to manage than smoke detectors they’ve owned in the past.
Smart air monitoring is beneficial for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this is about your family’s safety and peace of mind. You’ll be able to remotely ensure that your home is safe at all times, which is especially important if you have pets who are left at home when you are away during the day.
Additionally, new technology is allowing people to educate themselves about their air quality in ways that were impossible just a few years ago. The air you breathe impacts your health, so being knowledgeable about improving that air is invaluable.