Adding Tasmota to a IKEA Vindriktning


With winter come closed windows and doors, the air quality might be of less quality in such conditions.

So I took the opportunity of a visit at IKEA to buy a VINDRIKTNING. This is a PM2,5 device indicating air quality with green/amber/red light.

The goal of this post is to make it smart and integrate it into Home Assistant. As very often, that’s a job for Tasmota.

VINDRIKTNING Capteur qualité de l'air


The hack is pretty basic, as the internal PCB of the device already exposes GND, +5V and TX, it is as simple as wiring these 3 pads to a WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266.

VBUS5VPower +
3V3(Fan +)To reduce fan speed and noise. Optional

Bill Of Materials

The BoM is probably the shortest you can image.

Part Quantity Approx. Price
WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266 1 5€
Some flexible silicone wire rolls (30 AWG, 20m, 5 rolls) 3 * 10 cm 15€ for 5*20m

You’ll of course need some soldering iron, I use a Yihua 853D rework soldering station. It might be overkill but I wanted an all-in-one solution (soldering iron, hot air gun and DC power supply).


Tasmota Firmware

As for all devices using an ESP chip, you have to wire it to your computer using a Serial-to-USB adapter for a bare chip or directly over USB if you use a board like the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266.

The easiest way to flash Tasmota nowadays is to use the Tasmota Web installer at

However, while the Vindriktning has official support (see “Supported peripherals“), it is NOT built by default.

Make sure to select unofficial > Tasmota All Sensors (english).

After a successful flash and connection to the module’s WiFi, use below template.


Continue with the usual WiFi, MQTT and misc configurations.

Home Assistant configuration

Tasmota integration

To ease Tasmota usage in HA, I’ve installed the Tasmota Integration.

Home Assistant – Tasmota Integration
Details of the device and its entities

Custom graph

I’ve installed the Lovelace Mini Graph Card using HACS.

The below configuration is made to compare two Vindriktning running the fan at 5V and 3.3V.

type: custom:mini-graph-card
align_header: left
align_icon: left
  - entity: sensor.tasmota_vindriktning_vindriktning_pm2_5
    name: Salon
  - entity: sensor.tasmota_vindriktning_2_vindriktning_pm2_5
    name: Bureau
hour24: true
font_size: 80
icon: mdi:chemical-weapon
name: Air quality (PM2.5)
points_per_hour: 6
  extrema: true
  average: true
  state: false
  - value: 0
    color: '#00ff00'
  - value: 35
    color: '#ff8800'
  - value: 85
    color: '#ff0000'

Reducing fan noise

Now that we are happy and the device is deployed in the house, we notice it is a noisy one.

A common hack is to cut the +5V of the fan and solder it to the +3.3V of the WeMos D1 Mini ESP8266, this indeed works pretty well and the device becomes finally quite. But there’s a catch, is it still as reliable?

Reducing the fan voltage reduces its speed and so is the air flow. Let’s have a quick comparison between 5V & 3.3V.

As you can see, values are still pretty close. The 3.3V variant is slightly more permissive, so I’d have to test it following a “kitchen crisis” like a burnt slice of bread.

Here is another test, when moved from Room 1 to Room 2 and back to Room 1.

And the final test AKA the toasted bread, with an overview of 48 hours.

So, is it worth it? If you want a quite device it is mandatory. Assuming you won’t use the device for life saving purposes, the offset seems OK. Maybe using a voltage like 4V might be preferred as it’ll balance further the noise/offset ratio.

For my own case, I’ll hack the second device to use 3.3V.


DIY: Use an IKEA VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor in Home Assistant with ESPHome

IKEA Vindriktning air quality sensor running Tasmota

Mega thread at Home Assistant community, what appears to be the original work


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