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Get alerted if your indoor air is polluted

Oct 20, 2020 - by Ina - Comments

Always know when it’s time to air your home. Simply read on to learn how you can have a red light alert you that your indoor air quality is poor. 


Since HomeKit doesn’t include any air quality notifications, you can do something about it yourself by having a colored light warn you. That way you’ll always be alerted even if you don’t have your iPhone with you – and so too will everyone else in your home. 


The first step is to get yourself a sensor such as Eve Room to detect poor indoor air quality. The accessory does this by measuring the VOC level in your home’s air. Almost everything emits these volatile organic compounds: Your furniture, appliances, toys, skincare products as well as everyday activities such as cooking & cleaning – even people do! By keeping your windows shut, indoor VOC concentrations can build up quickly to an unhealthy level.


Know when it’s time to air your home with Eve Room and Eve Light Strip together with a simple automation. It’ll spring into action if your home’s air quality is worse than or equal to a certain level and make Eve Light Strip (or Eve Flare) glow red during the day. You, or anyone else in your home, will then know it’s time to open that window to let some fresh air in. Your automation will also ensure everyone gets a sound night’s sleep by only triggering the light during waking hours – after all, you don’t want a red alert going off at night.

Step 1


Eve app > Rooms > [Select the room where Eve Room is located]  > Eve Room > Automation > Add Rule > Air Quality > worse or equal to (2 stars) > Add > Next 

Step 2


Add Time Condition > Time After 7 AM / Time Before 11 PM > Next 

Step 3

Add Scene  > Add Actions > [Select the room where Eve Light Strip is located] > Eve Light Strip Power ON / Color Red > Add > Next > Done > Name your scene > Name your rule


You’ll need a home hub to take care of running your automation. Incidentally, you can simply repeat the steps to add an automation for other rooms. 


If you want to fine-tune your air quality even further, add a further rule that gets triggered if your air quality is 3 stars, with an additional scene to have your Eve Light Strip or Eve Flare glow orange. And, of course, you can also add a rule to set your accessory to glow green as soon as your indoor air quality is good again.


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Hi, ER reported 4 stars air quality and I run my Dyson air purifier PH04 with full performance to purify my air but ER after 1h report still 4 stars and Dyson reported Good AQ(good is max) - 0-3ug/m3 PM2.5, 0-3ug/m3 PM10, Formaldehyd 0.009mg/m3, also in EVE app - surprisingly level is only worse of VOC.
Aug 23, 2023
Hello Matt! Eve Room measures tVOC, not measuring PM2.5, 0-3ug/m3 PM10, Formaldehyd 0.009mg/m3. Best regards, Volker
Aug 24, 2023
Hi. I am using the Eve Room to help me identify and solve a problem with my chimney. The readings are great BUT I would like to be able to download measurements and/or access history so I can figure out what solutions work and what is causing the problem. Is there a way to download or access historical data?
Apr 3, 2023
Hello Bob! Please open Eve Room in the app Eve and tap on the tini blue circle to access all measurements. In the next window tap on Measurements. Then tap on the tiny action menu left from Edit to export the historical data in Excel format. Best regards, Volker
Apr 5, 2023
Ich habe mir jetzt so eine Warnung programmiert, ist die Luftqualität schlecht, leichtet ein Flare rot.
Szene „Schlechte Luft“ und Regel „Schlechte Luft“
Muss ich jetzt eine zweite Szene/Regel erstellen, damit die Flare wieder ausgeht wenn die Luft besser wird?
Feb 4, 2023
Hallo Friedrich! Ja, Sie müssen für derartige Regeln immer eine zweite anlegen. Viele Grüße, Volker
Feb 8, 2023
Hallo, ich habe bei meinem Eve Room mittlerweile mehrmals beobachtet, dass das Display kurzzeitig vollständig auf hell umschaltet. Kurz darauf erscheint wieder die normale Anzeige. Ist das so gewollt?
Der Eve Room steht bei mir auf dem Schreibtisch, und ich nehme diesen Anzeigenwechsel immer im Augenwinkel wahr, wodurch ich dann kurzzeitig abgelenkt werden.
Jan 10, 2023
Hallo Karl! Eve Room nutzt ein hochwertiges e-Ink-Display, das macht genau das beschrieben in einigen Abständen, um das Einbrennen der Anzeige zu verhindern. Das ist alle s so gewollt. Viele Grüße, Volker
Jan 11, 2023
Hi! Is there a minimum distance the sensor should be kept from a wall? Does the proximity to a wall influence the measurement, and should it be placed far away from a wall?
Oct 14, 2022
Hello Jan! It should be away 2cm/1 inch as the two holes on the back are for ventilation of air for the tVOC sensor. Best regards, Volker
Oct 17, 2022
Hi, I bought a Eve Room and water Guard and was sure that Push notification will be part of the product. But now I read that it is not! This is a big problem and makes the product useless to me, since I need allerts while I'm not at home! You say in a comment above that it is not possible because HomeKit does not provid notivication. But what about your owne APP? The EVE app?? Why is that not able to send notivication? this is a very big shortcoming of this product! If there would be at least IFTTT, there would have been a solution! I'm very disapointet!
Jul 15, 2022
Hello Niki! Eve Water Guard doe support HomeKit notifications once a leak is detected. As Apple does not provide notifications for temperature or humidity in HomeKit, we can't either, sorry. Best regards, Volker
Jul 17, 2022
My VOC levels are around 1 which is pretty bad. Bedroom with no ventilation apart from window that remains closed during winter. Opening the windows for 10 min changes from 1 to 3 stars but obviously I can’t let it open when temperatures are around 0C outside. Based on client testimonials and your own tests, would an air purifier improve (3 starts or above) a room of about 11 square meters? Thanks
Jan 10, 2022
Hello Pauline! In case the purifier clears one of the following from the air:
it may help - but I doubt it. Best regards, Volker
Jan 11, 2022
Or you could enable HomeKit Notifications in your devices.
Sep 7, 2021
Sadly, Home app notifications don't appear to work for the Eve Room. For most accessories, it shows "Status and Notifications" where you can set notifications. For the Eve Room sensors, however, it only shows "Status" in that area…which kinda sucks, because I'd much prefer your idea.
Oct 20, 2022
Hwello Cory! As HomeKit/Apple does not provide notifications for temperature or humidity, we can't either. Only Apple could change this. Best regards, Volker
Oct 20, 2022
Is there any way to have an automation play a simple ring tone live Alert say if the temperature range rule is true? I need a simple Bluetooth enabled only alert. It no extra wfi home hub, a simple alert sound between two battery powered device Eve Home and my iPhone

Jul 24, 2021
Hello UrdaMan! Sorry, this is not possible with HomeKit. A home hub is mandatory. But even with a home hub as HomeKit/Apple does not provide notifications for temperature (and humidity) this won't even work with a home hub, sorry. Best regards, Volker
Jul 25, 2021
Question, can Eve room be installed with a charger contected 24/7 ? Would this improve reachability? Would it harm the device in any way?

Br henkjan
Jan 18, 2021
Hello Henkjan!
One of my two Eve Room (2018) is connected to a charger 24/7 since two years. No problem, but no range extension of cause. Just keep in mind as for all of these batteries having it 24/7 attached, the battery life will decrease once you decide one day to use it without charger. Same applies to iPhones and other accessories. Best regards, Volker
Jan 18, 2021
Ich habe ein ähnliches Problem.
2 eve room im Einsatz. Einer super. Der andere hat alle paar Wochen das Problem dass er immer nur 1 Stern anzeigt. Das dauert ca 1 Woche dann ist es wieder normal. Reset bringt keine Besserung
Jan 9, 2021
Hallo Timo! Meist ist die Luftqualität Schuld, wird nur ein Stern angezeigt. Hier reicht ein Putzmittel im Wischwasser, Deo oder andere Stoffe. Wenn das ausgeschlossen ist und auch ein Reset nicht hilft, musst Du das Gerät bitte beim Händler tauschen lassen. Viele Grüße, Volker
Jan 10, 2021
Is it possible to simply get a notification on my phone? This would be much more convenient since I might not be in the same room with the light strip (eg out of town).
Jan 6, 2021
Hello RK! As HomeKit does not provide text notifications for temperature or humidity, this is not possible. Only Apple could integrate that. Best regards, Volker
Jan 7, 2021
Can the Eve app send a push message on iPhone when air quality changes?
Apr 27, 2022
Hello Paul! HomeKit/Apple does not provide notifications for temperature, humidity or air quality, so we can't either, sorry. Best regards, Volker
Apr 28, 2022
Hallo, ich habe mir vier Eve Rooms gekauft. Drei funktionieren gut.
Einer hat Probleme mit der Luftqualität. Er bleibt immer bei fünf Sternen. Immer rund um 2 ppb, egal, wie schlecht die Luft ist. Reset habe ich durchgeführt, auch kalibriert. Es ändert sich nichts.
Habe von diesem Problem auch schon bei Amazon gelesen.
Was kann ich noch tun?
Gruß, Stefan

Dec 27, 2020
Hello Eve Team,
Could you please advise if there is any way to calibrate Eve Room temperature and humidity sensor?
When I compare measurements to reverence device I see some constant offset.
Dec 18, 2020
Hello Nikita! There should be no difference, Accuracy typical ± 0.3°C / ± 0.54°F, typical ± 3% humidity. What is the accessory you compare to? Best regards, Volker
Dec 19, 2020
Thank you for your answer.
If the accuracy 0.3°C and 3% then it's within tolerance.
Compared to Bosch Room Thermostat, tado temperature sensor and classical fluid thermometer.
Nevertheless it would be nice to have such option.
Regards, Nikita
Dec 31, 2020
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