i3 | January 04, 2021

Innovation in Smart Home Wellness Technologies

Lydia Baugh

Smart home systems, with their extensive automation, sensing and remote-control capabilities, offer a lot of environmental benefits. With rising levels of air and water pollution, innovations in smart home wellness technologies enable families to monitor and measure invisible contaminants in their homes so they can be better managed.

CTA member Pure365 has been combating this epidemic for years — integrating sensors and controls to activate hardware solutions which in turn remediate pollution events that occur during cooking and cleaning activities. The Pure365 platform works behind the scenes to protect families, allow for more informed choices, and provide peace of mind that their homes are contributing to their health.

Michael Don Ham, co-founder of Pure365, says, “The easy way to explain it is that through exciting partnerships with category-leading hardware brands, we are creating the Avengers of the Healthy Home. In an era of regular pandemics, wildfires, climate change, deteriorating air and water quality, we aim to be that trusted source for all things wellness related in the home. The reason Pure365 was created was to help as many people as possible to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of air quality in regards to viruses and microorganisms that can be inhaled and adversely affect health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged that the coronavirus is more likely spread through airborne particles that can linger in the air for minutes or even hours — even among people who are more than six feet apart. And the World Health Organization has said air pollution is the greatest environmental risk to health and contributes to roughly seven million premature deaths per year which equals 9% of deaths globally. 

The Compounding Effect

Scientists are taking a deep dive in respect to water quality, especially in regards to per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) nicknamed forever chemicals, as they build up in human bodies and do not break down in the environment. Research has also shown that people who are exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) are more likely than others to develop metabolic disorders, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol, and they tend to have poorer cardiovascular health. EDCs can also interfere with normal immune system function, which plays a critical role in fighting off infection.

The innovative air and water systems from Pure365 captures greater than 99% of potentially harmful ultrafine particles, microorganisms and volatile organic compounds. The company’s free app provides the ability to compare indoor air quality to the air outdoors and alerts when air is unsafe, so families can open windows to ventilate. It also tracks air quality levels around the world, so travelers can keep track, and educates consumers on the latest research on the impact various pollutants can have on our health.

What is Next for Pure365?

Implementing AI and machine learning to enable convenience and energy efficiency are in the works. Soon, users can automate their systems to turn off when no one is home to save on energy, and restart when one is on the way home so that optimal conditions are reached upon arrival.

The company is working to allow integration of its app on all major home automation platforms such as Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, and Crestron to help as many people as possible create healthy homes. To learn more, visit pure365.com.

Learn more from innovative companies in the smart home category at CES 2021.

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