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How to use your Airthings device with IFTTT

Marie Bannister, February 19, 2020

Ever wondered how your friend set up their home so that everything worked effortlessly? Their heating switches on as if by magic, when they woke up in the morning the coffee machine was brewing, and their lights switched on automatically. Well the secret is out, they were using IFTTT, and you can too. With IFTTT you don’t have to purchase anything—instead, the free service allows you to set conditions for your current products, apps and services and get them talking to one another. The best news? It works with your Airthings devices too.

With the launch of our brand new Airthings Hub, existing compatible Airthings devices will now come online, meaning you gain live data. (Alternatively, all Airthings products will continue to work with your smartphone via Bluetooth without needing the Hub).

IFTTT is designed to be simple and easy to use. Reportedly there are more than 11 million users running more than a billion applets per month, proving just how easy it is for the average person. You don’t have to be particularly tech-savvy.

Still worried it sounds too complicated? Don’t be! We will walk you through it step by step. In this article, we show you how to take your existing Airthings Wave, Wave Plus, or Wave Mini to the next level. 

Contents:

  • What is IFTTT?
  • How do I set up IFTTT with Airthings?
  • How to set up an email when your radon levels rise on your Airthings Wave and Wave Plus
  • How to set up a notification when your Airthings Wave Plus detects high CO2
  • How to set up notifications for when it is cold in the basement
  • How to set my Hue light to red when the radon level is high
  • How to make the Hue Light flash if the humidity level is high

What is IFTTT?

IFTTT simply creates conditions between two things. IF THIS happens, THEN do THAT. So here is an example: If THIS Airthings radon detector measures high levels of radon, THEN send me an email (THAT). If the International Space Station passes over my house, send a notification. If I am on my way home, switch my smart lights on.

How do I set up IFTTT with Airthings?

ifttt app

IFTTT is available on a mobile app for iOS and Android. Simply download the app and follow the instructions explained in the next section. 

The simple conditional statements, or ‘applets’ which are available in the app, can trigger any number of changes, and the free platform allows anyone to create a new condition. Making it possible for you to tailor your home exactly how you would like. We have listed our favorites in this article. 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously.

How to set up an email when your radon levels rise on your Airthings Wave and Wave Plus

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Compatibility: Airthings Wave, Wave Plus

Uses: Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, so making sure the levels do not rise in your home is often a priority. Read about the recommended radon levels here, and set a notification so you can be warned.  

 

 

  1. Download the IFTTT app via iOS or Android
  2. Ensure your Airthings app is up to date
  3. Search for Airthings in the IFTTT app
  4. Click the applet entitled ‘Airthings, Send me an email when my radon is high’
  5. Click ‘Connect’
  6. Follow the instructions in the app and log into your accounts
  7. Select how high you would like the levels to be when the notification is sent
  8. That’s it! You will receive an email when the radon level is above your set limit. 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously. 

How to set up a notification when your Airthings Wave Plus detects high CO2

ifttt co2

Compatibility: Airthings Wave Plus

Uses: This is a great notification if you need to be reminded when to ventilate and let out the CO2 by simply opening windows in your home. 

 

 

  1. Download the IFTTT app via iOS or Android
  2. Ensure your Airthings app is up to date
  3. Search for Airthings in the IFTTT app
  4. Select ‘Get a notification when CO2 is high’
  5. Click ‘Connect’
  6. Follow the instructions in the app and select a device. Only the device that is compatible will appear in the drop-down menu. As the Wave Plus has a CO2 sensor, only the Wave Plus will show up in your drop-down menu.
  7. Select how high you would like the levels to be when the notification is sent.
  8. Log into your accounts if it prompts you -- this allows the two systems to talk to one another
  9. That’s it! 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously. 



How to set up notifications for when it is cold in the basement

ifttt cold

Compatibility: Airthings Wave, Wave Mini, Wave Plus

Use 1: Help to avoid freezing pipes! In many cases, you can leave your Airthings Wave, Wave Plus or Wave Mini in the basement and it will measure the temperature continuously.
Use 2: Know when the temperature gets too cold in your children's rooms. Regularly sync your device and adjust the thermostat accordingly, without disturbing them as they sleep. 



  1. Download the IFTTT app via iOS or Android
  2. Ensure your Airthings app is up to date
  3. Search for Airthings in the IFTTT app
  4. Select ‘Get a notification when it's getting cold’
  5. Click ‘Connect’
  6. Follow the instructions in the app and select a measurement unit either Celsius or Farenheight from the drop-down menu. 
  7. Select the device. Only the device that is compatible will appear in the drop-down menu.
  8. Select a threshold. This is the temperature you would like to receive a notification about. 
  9. Click save
  10. That’s it! 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously. 



How to set my Philips Hue light to red when the radon level is high

ifttt hue lights

Compatibility: Airthings Wave, Wave Plus

Uses: See exactly when the radon levels are changing simply by the lighting in your room. 

 

 

 

Part one: 

  1. Ensure your Philips Hue Light and Philips Hue Bridge are set up, if they are, skip to part two. 
  2. You can read Philips's instructions here, to set up their devices.

Part two:

  1. Download the IFTTT app via iOS or Android
  2. Ensure your Airthings app is up to date
  3. Search for Airthings in the IFTTT app
  4. Click the applet entitled ‘Airthings Turn my hue lights red when radon is high’’
  5. Click ‘Connect’
  6. Follow the instructions in the app and log into your accounts, this will allow them to talk to one another
  7. Select how high you would like the levels to be when the light turns red
  8. That’s it! 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously. 

How to make the Philips Hue Light flash if the humidity level is high

ifttt humidity

Compatibility: Airthings Wave, Wave Plus, Wave Mini

Uses:  Know instantly when the levels are getting too high via a warning from your Hue lights. Avoid problems caused by humidity in the home by knowing when to take action. 

 

 

Part one: 

  1. Ensure your Philips Hue Light and Philips Hue Bridge are set up, if they are, skip to part two. 
  2. You can read Philips instructions here, to set up their devices.

Part two:

  1. Download the IFTTT app via iOS or Android
  2. Ensure your Airthings app is up to date
  3. Search for Airthings in the IFTTT app
  4. Click the applet entitled ‘Airthings flash my Hue lights when humidity is high’’
  5. Click ‘Connect’
  6. Follow the instructions in the app and log into your accounts, this will allow them to talk to one another. 
  7. Select the sensor and set the threshold for your preferred humidity level. 
  8. That’s it! 

For best use with IFTTT, sync your Airthings device regularly to ensure the IFTTT applets use the latest data. If you use an Airthings Hub with your compatible Airthings devices, then data will be synced continuously. 

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