HomeKit Weekly: Eve Room tracks indoor air quality with an e-ink screen and rechargeable battery

Cupertino, August 6, 2021

I've worked my way through all of Eve's products sold in the US, and I'm continually amazed at the tight integration with HomeKit and the reliable products. If Apple was planning to buy a vendor to build first-party HomeKit products, Eve should be at the top of the list. A recent addition to my office was the Eve Room monitor for indoor air quality.

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I set a goal to monitor the air quality in all rooms of my home, and I chose the Eve Room for my bedroom/home office. It tracks VOC, temperature and humidity using an e-ink display. One of my favorite features of the product is that it's rechargeable via mini-USB. So many wireless HomeKit products use regular batteries, so I have to replace them all once a year or so. I love that Eve has gone the extra mile and incorporated a rechargeable battery. Eve Room lasts about six weeks on a single charge.

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Eve Room tracks all of its measures in historical detail that can then be viewed on the Eve iPhone. This data allows you to see how simple changes in your environment can affect air quality over time. It is also useful to track the temperature and air quality in a specific room of your home (baby's room, etc.). It can also be insightful to see how cooking, burning candles, or introducing new electronics into a room can affect the quality of the room.

The Home app includes all the tracked data on a live basis, so it's great for giving alerts if the air quality drops below a certain level, etc. It can track and display temperatures between 32 degrees and 122 degrees Fahrenheit on its 200×200 e-inks creek.

HomeKit installation

Eve includes the HomeKit code on the box, so a quick scan in the Home app wizard for new devices is all it takes to track the air quality and temperature in each room of your home. Once the device joins your HomeKit environment, you can tell the Home app which room it's in. Eve Room sends its data via Bluetooth Low Energy, so if you're having trouble connecting, you might consider Eve's Bluetooth extender. I hope a future revision of Eve Room Thread includes support.

Once it's in HomeKit, you can track air quality in the Home app and build automations to turn on HomeKit fans or an air purifier.

Is Eve Room worth the price?

The Eve Room is on the high end of the price range for HomeKit air quality tracking devices, but the rechargeable battery makes it a great option. If you want something cheaper, check out the Qingping option I reviewed a few weeks ago.

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