Honeywell 17000-S QuietCare True HEPA Air Purifier
For being such a simple machine the Honeywell air purifier 17000 has shown itself to be very popular in the consumer scene. Many people have flocked to this air purifier once they learned about True HEPA air filters and how well they work. The other reason is simply the price compared to other air purifiers that have the same type of air filter. If you look around in some places you will notice them saying this HEPA filter is permanent and cleanable, but it is not exactly true. You may be able to vacuum this and release some of the dirt, but unless you have HEPA vacuum I doubt you will get it very clean since it is meant to trap the dirt and not be cleaned.
The Honeywell 17000 is one of your safe bets if you are short on money, but need some decent air filtration for your home. The price with the great air filter is a win for many people and when they see the deal they jump on it. Besides most people only have small allergic symptoms to pollen and dust anyway and don’t need the super powerful machines. If they have them it would be like night and day. They wouldn’t even want to leave their home!
In this section, I will go over the features of the Honeywell air cleaner. You will be able to see why this air purifier is a good choice for common allergy sufferers. These are people that have allergies, but they are relatively weak; however, they are still bothersome and need to be dealt with. It will also give you some tips on what you might want to purchase if you want to spend just a little bit more money. Construction
The construction of this air purifier is a bit different from the rest of the usual air purifier’s models you see. The general way of making an air purifier is by using a flat surface up front and sucking air through it. Others have used circular air flters that pull in from all sides for efficiency. Even others pull from the floor. Oddly enough this one pulls from the front and blows out the back, but it is still circular. I am not sure how this affects efficiency, but I believe it is one reason it is not up there with the likes of the Whirlpool Whispure 510 air purifier.
You get three fan speeds on this Honeywell air purifier. They are push button and are easy to use. The highest has a good range for a bedroom and the lowest is low enough to sleep through. I know some people like white noise when they sleep and it would be an ok thing for them. They may even want it louder. It seems that noise is a big thing people worry about when it comes to air purifiers because of the power of the fan. I don’t think its a big deal unless it sounds like an airplane going over your house then it probably won’t be a big deal.
You also get air filter regulators that tell you when you need to change your air filter, which is a handy thing. You can try to clean it and see if it helps, but it won’t last for long and will degrade the efficiency of the air filter if this is continued to long. I prefer just to buy a new air filter when it is time to buy a new one. Prefilter The prefilter is the very popular 38002 series that is made to wrap around the circular air filters like the Honeywell 20500, Honeywell HEPA filter 21500 and the Honeywell HEPA filter 24000. If you have used these prefilters before you will know that they are also pre-cut so you can take it down to a smaller size to fit other models. That is their way of needing so many different products for all their air purifier models. I think it is a very smart thing. You can also try to clean this off a few times before you replace it and it will make a difference somewhat. Air Purifier HEPA Filter
The True HEPA air filter used in the Honeywell 17000 is very good for the price of the air purifier. You can look around and see that only a few air cleaners have this type of air filter for this money. After you get past all this you have to think about other things like the prefilter and construction, other technologies and usage. All of these come into play as well in the situation and will determine how well the air filter will work for you.
These “True” HEPA air filters stop 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns. This is microscopic and the naked eye is unable to see these super fine particles in you air, but they are there. Most dust and pollen particles are between 0.5 and 4 microns so that gives you a reference point. If you want clean air when you get home it is good to leave this running while you are at work and let it clean the air thoroughly, but you will need more and better versions for bigger spaces. This Honeywell is only capable of about 150 square feet, which is around the size of a decent bedroom.