According to WHO, 9 out of 10 people globally breathe polluted air. Indoor air can be just as polluted as outdoor air, yet many underestimate the risk of air pollution in their homes. IKEA is committed to give everyone access to clean air by increasing awareness of indoor pollutants and providing solutions that improve the quality of the air we breathe. Aiming to combine smart technology with design to enable better awareness of one’s indoor air, IKEA launches VINDSTYRKA, a new smart sensor for indoor use that allows people to measure and monitor the air quality in their homes.
“Although we spend most of our time indoors, many of us tend to forget about indoor air pollution. We take for granted that the air in our homes is clean, but small everyday activities like cooking or cleaning can contribute to poor air quality just as much as industry or traffic. With VINDSTYRKA, our ambition has been to create an affordable high-performing air quality sensor to help our customers become more aware of the quality of the air they breathe in their homes, says Henrik Telander, Product owner at IKEA of Sweden.
The most harmful pollutants, particulate matter (PM2.5), can’t be seen with the naked eye. VINDSTYRKA features a display that shows PM2.5 levels, humidity, temperature, and TVOC**. VINDSTYRKA can either be connected to DIRIGERA, hub for smart products, or the STARKVIND air purifier. When connected to DIRIGERA, the sensor makes indoor air quality levels readable in the IKEA Home smart app. VINDSTYRKA can be used on its own and enhance the capabilities of the existing smart air purifier STARKVIND. Connecting VINDSTYRKA to STARKVIND enables the fan speed to be automatically adjusted in correlation with the amount of PM2.5 in the air, ensuring the air in the home is always as clean as possible.
“We want to work for positive change and know that there is no single solution to solve indoor air pollution. We strive to offer a variety of products and smart solutions that increase awareness of indoor air pollution and allow people to make the right changes for a home with cleaner air”, says Henrik Telander.
VINDSTYRKA will be available in all IKEA markets starting April 2023.
In the first version of the press release it was stated that VINDSTYRKA can be connected to trigger other smart devices in the IKEA Home smart app. VINDSTYRKA can either be connected directly to STARKVIND or DIRIGERA. However, it can not be connected to both STARKVIND and DIRIGERA at the same time.
* PM2.5 are inhalable particles, smaller than 2,5 micrometres, that measure 0.1-2.5 micrometres (one thousandth of a millimetre).
** TVOC means total volatile organic compound and is a measure of the pollution load of various gaseous pollutants
*** For the exact launch date of VINDSTYRKA air quality sensor in each IKEA market, please refer to the local IKEA contact.
IKEA offers well-designed, functional and affordable, high-quality home furnishing, produced with care for people and the environment. There are several companies with different owners, working under the IKEA Brand, all sharing the same vision: to create a better everyday life for the many people. IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943.
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