IKEA is known for its unique furniture (and meatballs), but it also has plenty of functional items up for grabs, like this $1
The small and stylish sensor only detects particles in the air, not odors or gases. Specifically, it detects PM2.5 particles, which usually come from polluting sources such as car exhaust, fireplaces, fires and the like, but can also include more common particles such as dirt, dust and smoke.
PM2.5 particles are of particular concern, however, as they are microscopic in size and float longer than many other particles, which tend to fall to the ground quite quickly. Because of this, there is an increased risk of them being inhaled by you or your children or pets; the small size of the particles also makes it easier for them to get into the airways and could potentially lead to conditions such as bronchitis or asthma.
Fortunately, the VINDRIKTNING is super easy to use and relies on traffic light-like lighting as an easy-to-understand gauge. It lights up green when all is well, yellow for acceptable air quality and red for problematic air quality. It is recommended to place it in the busiest area of your home for optimal surveillance. And don’t worry, the small size and sleek modern design go with everything.
However, the sensor is just that: a sensor. If you’re concerned about your home’s air quality, or want to proactively make sure it’s always right, you may want to pair it with a indoor air purifier.