Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Greg0
Aera: The First Smart Home Fragrance System
There are many ways to clean your air, to monitor the environment of your office or home, to help maintain a pleasant atmosphere and control humidity and temperature. You can filter and purify with various devices, and we’ve tested out many sensors and systems over the years that do a great job of getting rid of smoke and allergens and pollutants. Other than some candles, what we haven’t seen are ways to directly enhance a room’s scent.
Until now, thanks to the Aera Smart Home Fragrance System. Basically, you buy interchangeable pods, but instead of being used to make you coffee or tea, they provide the essential ingredients to perfume a large volume of space. Insert one into the cute base station, and you can use their smartphone app to suddenly make your apartment far more approachable, energetic, comfortable, friendly, or soothing (depending on the scent you choose). There are scheduling options, even Amazon Alexa compatibility, and the Aera couldn’t be easier to setup. A single unit can cover up to 2000 square feet the company claims, and it’s adjustable so you’ll never feel overpowered (and can keep a subtle hint of scent around for quite some time).
One of the most obvious questions: what sort of scents can you choose from? There are around eight available, running a pretty wide range, but you’re still limited to what they make- with names like Poetry and Moondance, Vibrance and Curiosity, you might also be a little hesitant about buying in when you don’t recognize or know them. We tried out several, and didn’t find one that we disliked too much- most all would be suitable for various themes or styles, from slightly beachy to summery to a little more masculine (Odyssey’s juniper and wood notes were flexible and nice). Only Zephyr felt a little too ‘classical’, with lotus and lily.
The company behind Aera, Prolitec, is a big name in the space, with a huge corporate client list and a background in scent technology that they have now brought into the consumer market. Obviously, there are other solutions out there like air fresheners, but we appreciated this one- the scent seemed evenly distributed over our 600 square foot area, and the capsules last quite a while- the firm suggests they should last up to sixty days covering 500 square feet, on an average setting of five, running 12 hours a day. Your mileage may vary, and your desire will certainly depend on how much you like the available scents- and the capsules do cost nearly $50 each, which can add up. The Aera also makes some noise, more than we expected. But it’s simple and has a fun tech angle, is far safer than candles and worked like a charm. Expect to spend around $250 online and in stores for the Aera Smart Home Fragrance System.