IKEA's breezy innovation: STARKVIND, the smart air purifier disguised as furniture

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The IKEA STARKVIND being used as a sidetable

IKEA, the Swedish powerhouse known for affordable furniture and delicious meatballs, has caught wind of the smart home revolution. In response, they're set to launch their first smart air purifier, STARKVIND, this October. But this isn't just any ordinary air purifier—it doubles as a side table, seamlessly blending form and function.

A mighty gust: STARKVIND's features

True to its name, which translates to “strong wind”, STARKVIND packs a powerful punch compared to its predecessor. It's equipped with larger filters, making it suitable for rooms up to 20 m². Additionally, it features an air quality monitor that automatically adjusts the fan's speed to optimize filtration.

Not a fan of Wi-Fi? No problem. STARKVIND utilizes Zigbee for communication and requires a TRÅDFRI gateway for remote control. Once set up, you can adjust the fan speed via the IKEA Home smart app.

The IKEA STARKVIND being used as a sidetable
The IKEA STARKVIND air purifier standing in a bedroom

The art of disguise: air purifiers as furniture

One might wonder why anyone would desire an air purifier built into a side table. The answer is simple: most air purifiers are space hogs, serving no purpose beyond cleaning the air. Integrating an air purifier into a side table makes efficient use of space, combining utility with aesthetics. IKEA's clever move could pave the way for more furniture-based air purifiers in the future.

A gateway to smart control

Initially, IKEA's STARKVIND will only be compatible with the TRÅDFRI gateway for remote control. However, given its simplicity, the device is likely to be embraced by Zigbee2MQTT and ZHA in due course. With just a few smart functions—namely, turning the purifier on or off and adjusting fan speed – STARKVIND can also operate as a “dumb” air purifier in auto mode, adjusting speed based on PM2.5 particle levels in the air.

In summary, IKEA's STARKVIND offers a refreshing take on smart air purifiers, proving that even the humble air purifier can become a stylish and functional piece of furniture.

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About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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