Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier – Wet-n-fresh air
Most people will be aware of how cheap Xiaomi ecosystem products are, and Xiaomi Air Purifier 2 was no exception. Where most of us live, pollution is an ongoing issue, so this is more essential than anything else.
So for this price, what do you get? We won’t go into the technical nitty-gritty, but it clears the 99.9% of the harmful particulates in the air in your house – so pm10 and pm2.5, it can remove VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), pollen and dust amongst other things.
It has three basic settings; Auto Mode, which allows the air purifier to increase or decrease the speed of the purifier fan depending on the readings from the built-in pm2.5 detection unit. A Night Mode, which is essentially a slightly lower speed than standard, but a lot quieter, and Manual Mode, where via the Mi Home app (and Apple’s Home App or via Siri Shortcuts, but we’ll get to that…) you can adjust the speed to your liking, from 10% – 100%.
There are three small green LEDs on the front to indicate which mode is running, and there’ also a larger green LED at the front, which changes to red when the air filter is in need of changing.
On the top, where the fan sends out the clean air, there’s a simple on/off button with another LED indicating whether the device is connected to your network. all four sides have a series of small holes allowing air and particles to be drawn in, cleaned up and then sent out via the fan at the top.
So back to HomeKit; Once you’ve got it all running via HomeBridge, the Air Purifier appears as a device that you can turn on or off, When you long press on the icon, it once again gives you a toggle switch to turn the device on or off, but there’s also a button that allows you to change the speed of the fan via the standard Home app slider, and when you click on Details, you can even switch between Manual and Auto modes or enable or disable the Child Lock, to prevent it from being messed around with.
But as if that wasn’t enough, the air purifier has its own set of sensors – one for temperature, one for humidity and finally the pm2.5 sensor. All of these appear as separate tiles within the Home app interface.
All that being said, it’s a very stylish piece of kit, and it’s really cheap. Add to the fact you can add it to Homekit with just a bit of software and it has really become part of my HomeKit family!