As wildfires rage in Canada, air quality concerns spread across the United States, posing a public health risk.
During these uncertain times, it is important to take care of your health and take necessary precautions until air quality improves.
One way to find out how safe the air is outside is to use an app to monitor air quality and know when to go out into the clean air. Here are the top 5 apps for tracking air quality.
Top 5 apps to track air quality
iphone: 3.0 stars (at the time of publication)
Android: 3.8 stars (at the time of publication)
The EPA AIRNow app is the official source of unbiased air quality data from the US government. It has a simple and easy-to-understand interface, and you can quickly check the current weather forecast for your area. It automatically displays the current Air Quality Index for your area and the area you want to check, so you can save multiple areas for quick reference.
There are also two additional maps that provide users with additional information about air pollution. One is a “smoke and fire map” that tells people about where fires are, smoke plumes, and air quality from monitors and low-cost sensors. The other is the AirNow interactive map showing ozone and particulate matter from air quality monitors across the country.
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2.IQAir air visual
iPhone: 4.8 stars(at the time of publication)
Android: 4.7 stars (at the time of publication)
IQAir AirVisual provides historical, real-time and forecast air pollution data. With 7-day air pollution and weather forecasts, you can plan your entire week and only do outdoor activities when the air quality is the best. Includes 2D and 3D global pollution maps and recommendations for mitigating health risks and reducing exposure to pollutants. It also provides information such as temperature, wind and humidity.
3. Plume Labs: Air Quality App
iPhone: 4.7 stars (at the time of publication)
Android: 4.2 stars (at the time of publication)
The Plume Labs: Air Quality app provides real-time pollution levels for your area and around the world. It has a 72-hour forecast and provides real-time updates on pollution by road in metropolitan areas. The app includes satellite imagery, atmospheric simulations, traffic and emissions datasets to give users the most accurate description of current air quality. Additionally, 73% of those surveyed who use the app said the app helped them adjust their daily schedule appropriately based on air quality.
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4. Air quality and pollen – AirCare
iPhone: 4.8 stars (at the time of publication)
Android: 4.1 stars (at the time of publication)
AirCare is a great app that can provide accurate air quality index for any country in the world and has pollen tracking to help people with severe allergies. There’s also a very useful feature called Fire Hotspots that lets you know where on Earth NASA satellites have detected wildfires. It gives you a complete picture of what pollutants are in your air, such as PM10, NO2, and even provides UV index tracking and forecasting.
5. Air problem
iPhone: 4.6 stars (at the time of publication)
Android: 4.2 stars (at the time of publication)
Air Matters broadcasts real-time air quality information for over 180 countries. Get information about current air quality, pollen data, and US and European forecasts for your area.
You can also use the app on your Apple Watch if you need to check air quality on the go. You can also share the results through iMessage if you want to alert your friends and family. It also has something called a laser egg monitor that lets you know the indoor air quality of your home. Additionally, if you have a Philips air purifier in your home or car, you can also connect the app to your device to check the air quality.
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Use your smartphone’s weather app
Both iPhone and Android smartphones come with their own free-to-use weather app pre-installed, and each has the ability to monitor air quality. If you don’t want to download another app on your phone, you can always use the pre-installed weather app.
Consider buying an air purifier
In addition to the apps mentioned above, you might also consider buying an air purifier to manage the air quality in your room. They are designed to combat harmful pollutants, allergens and residual smoke particles, providing a much-needed break from the polluted air outside. Investing in an air purifier will help you breathe easier, knowing you’re taking positive steps towards a healthier indoor environment.
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It’s easy to feel helpless during these extraordinary times when the air quality is so bad. But with proper use of technology and apps, you can always stay up to date. The apps I just mentioned and my pick of the best air purifiers can help you put your mind at ease and improve your health and overall quality of life.
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