How a Home Weather Station Can Improve Your Health

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One of my favourite things to do for BTBS is test health gadgets (other things include trying new foods and playing fitness video games!). This week's gadget has been the Netatmo Urban Weather Station. This pricey, but clever devise measures both indoor and outdoor conditions. I've chosen to focus on indoor conditions, particularly the air quality of the loft in my house, as this is where I sleep and also work when I'm out of the office.

Until I started using a Netatmo, I had never really given much thought to how the environment of my room could affect my sleep and even my chance of catching cold and chest infections. Thinking about it now, it's obvious really that my bedroom doesn't have healthy air quality, I often wake up sneezing, needing to blow my nose and sometimes have a dull headache. 

Netatmo allows you to monitor your surroundings and gives you feedback using a traffic light system to determine how clean the air is in your bedroom (or wherever you decide to place it). You can view this feedback on the free app for iPhone or on the Netatmo website, where you'll find lots of different graphs showing you the temperature, CO2 levels, humidity, air pressure and sound levels.

The Netatmo (pictured above) consists of two modules, one for indoor and one for the outdoor. The indoor one needs to plugged into the mains and will then transmit the data over WiFi to your iPhone or laptop. The second module requires two AA batteries and needs to be placed within the range of the indoor module to transmit data to it. If you want a quick reading without looking at the app or website, you simply tap the top of the indoor module and the white strip going down the front of the module will light up either green, yellow, orange or red to indicate the air quality.

All this data is very interesting, but the usefulness of it begins when you know what the ideal readings should be an then take steps to get that meter down into the green. 

Knowing the level of air humidity for example, becomes far more useful when you realise that a reading between 40-60% is optimum for preventing the spread of bacteria, viruses and infections. Taking simple steps like using an air humidifier in the winter or opening a window wide on warm days can reduce this by replacing the air in the room. 

Likewise, this will also help for reducing C02 levels in your room. A reading below 500ppm is excellent, anywhere up to 1000ppm is OK, but 2000ppm+ and you may find yourself feeling sluggish, tired and even have a dull headache as result of depleted oxygen. 

This gadget has taught me a lot about the quality of my bedroom environment and how it can drastically impact on my health and number of sick days. It's been very interesting to use the Netatmo to measure the effectiveness of my new air humidifier, which has really made a difference and will hopefully become my weapon against catching colds from my family during the winter months.  

The Netatmo is priced at around £100, which frankly is really expensive! However, the Netatmo is easy to set up, has a sleek design with wireless connectivity and could prove very useful for anyone with allergies or a family member who happens to catch every cold going! You can find ot more by checking out the Netatmo Website

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received a free sample of the product  for the purpose of review but was not compensated in any other way. As always, opinions are my own!

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