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6 Mar, 2023
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Ikea's new air quality monitor helps you breathe easy and control your home's environment.

Ikea has announced the release of its new Vindstyrka indoor air quality sensor, which will be available in April. The device is designed to help homeowners keep track of air pollutants in their homes in real time.

The tabletop sensor has a large display and can measure particulate matter levels (PM2.5), humidity, temperature, and total volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air. The Vindstyrka can function as a standalone monitor or connect to Ikea's Dirigera hub to view readings in the Home smart app and control the Starkvind air purifier line to help improve air quality.

The Vindstyrka will be able to automatically adjust the Starkvind's fan speed based on the amount of PM2.5 in the air when connected to the Dirigera hub. Moreover, the Dirigera is a Matter-ready device, and Ikea has said it will update the hub to work with the new smart home standard. Indoor air quality monitors are slated to be part of the next Matter release this spring, so it's possible that the Vindstyrka will work with Matter in the future.

The Vindstyrka is expected to cost around $60 to $80, which is competitive compared to similar indoor air quality monitors. The device will be available in April, and more details about pricing will be released then. The Vindstyrka is a significant upgrade from Ikea's current non-connected air quality sensor, the $16 Vindriktning, which only monitors PM2.5 and uses an LED light to visually indicate air quality. The new Vindstyrka adds temperature, humidity, TVOC sensing, and connectivity, in addition to PM2.5 sensing.