AirVisual is an app that is available for both Apple and Android, and it tells the air quality for locations around the world. It follows the AQI Scale, which is a scale that runs from 0-500 to measure the air quality. The higher the AQI number is, the more dangerous it is to breathe in.
Although I am lucky that I live in Hawaii (where the air quality is pretty good), there are many people around the world who are not as fortunate. In many places in Asia such as China, the AQI Scale can reach over 200. Breathing in this type of air can shorten your life span if you breathe it in for the long term, so it really is important to know how the air quality is (and do whatever you can do avoid places with poor air quality).
Another reason that AirVisual is a helpful guide is that it is constantly up to date, so you can check whether it may be better to go out at a certain time or not. Although it is unlikely to change so fast, there may be times that are forecasted to have better air quality than others.
I wouldn’t say that I use AirVisual on a daily basis when I am a home, but if I am on vacation, it is something I like to check in on. If you have never explored the air quality around where you live, or you are just curious about the rest of the world, I would download AirVisual and be sure to check it periodically!
AirVisual Recommendation Rating: 3.5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for