Awair is the San Francisco company and is one of the best-funded developers in the smart home market. The company has announced a new smart plug called Awair Glow C, the glow C is the follow up to the glow that was released a couple of years ago. The device blends Awair’s air quality-sensing technology with a smart plug and a customizable night light. It’s available on Amazon for $75 starting today, which is $25 less than the prior Glow model.
Seventy-five dollars is a lot of money for a smart plug when you can easily find simple internet-connected plugs on Amazon for less than $20. Just like the larger Awair products the glow C can measure temperatures, humidity, and volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. It can use data to trigger devices that are plugged into it, such as a fan, humidifier, or air conditioner. Moreover, glow C has a motion sensor so it will only turn on a device when someone is present in the room. It also has a fully customizable light that can be used as a simple nightlight or to let you know the status of your air quality at a glance.
With other smart plugs, there is a button on the Glow C to turn it on and off from the plug itself. Coming to the Awair app that uses this combined data to provide a score between 0 (bad) and 100 (perfect) for the air quality in the room where the Glow C is installed. Too, it will provide push notifications when it detects changes in air quality, along with suggestions for how to address the problem as well as a chart showing the history over the course of time.
You can also manually toggle the smart plug and set up various rules and conditions to trigger the outlet from the app. The glow C will connect to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and other smart home devices for more control options. The company hasn’t say when Apple’s HomeKit support would be added to its product lineup when asked.
In order to test the glow C, you have to plug it into the bedroom and plugged a dehumidifier into it. Then set the trigger in the app to turn on the dehumidifier when the Glow C detected humidity levels of 50 percent or more. The glow C automatically initiated the dehumidifier when it detected humidity levels rising. Later, it frequently turned the dehumidifier on and off to maintain the 50 percent level, which was annoying and surely not good for the longevity of the dehumidifier.
The company says that they are currently working to improve the intelligence of the trigger to prevent this from happening. As with any smart plug, the Glow C works best with devices that remember their state when powered down or have manual controls as opposed to digital ones.