No, this is not a joke. Filtrete sells smart air filters that tell you when to replace them. As fun as this can sound, it's a refreshing example of how smart technology can improve our lives.
Why? Well, when is the last time you replaced your air filter? If that question sends you to a cold sweat, congratulations! You understand why we are so excited about smart air filters.
They tell you when they need to be replaced
No more calendars. No more writing the date on the air filter. The filters' smart air filters have a built-in sensor that controls changes in air pressure and air quality. These changes are sent to the phone's Filtrete app via Bluetooth and you can track the changes over time. When the air filter needs to be replaced, you will receive a warning.
Unfortunately all this happens on your phone. The smart filters don't work with Alexa or Google Assistant. But the Filtrete app has some neat features. It tells you if you need to improve air quality (by opening windows or buying an air purifier), and it tells you the size of the filter so you don't have to double check before you buy a replacement.
In addition, the Filtrete app gives you the ability to set up automatic Amazon Dash orders. When it's time to replace the smart air filter, it will automatically order a replacement from Amazon so you don't have to hunt one down in the store.
We are not sure why Filter's smart air filters use Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi (if your air filters are hidden in the basement, the distance can be a problem), but it probably has something to do with the cost. The filter's smart air filters are just $ 5 more than their regular air filters, which is quite appealing. Wi-Fi connectivity, which will only be useful for some people, can make the filters more expensive than they should be.
Are you buying smart air filters?
Smart air filters can certainly make life easier and healthier. Unlike most "smart" products, Filter's smart air filters solve a real problem and are affordable to start. If you always forget to replace the air filter, smart filters are worth a shot.
Of course, you should keep an eye on something strange. These filters have only been on the market for a few months, and it's hard to find product reviews that show how well the Bluetooth-based smart features work (or if the filter asks to be replaced earlier than it should). It is also clear that 3M replaced an old product listing on Amazon with these, as most reviews go back to 2016 and do not mention smarthome tech.