Honeywell 50250 Air Purifier
As far as HEPA air cleaners go this room air purifier is definitely the top choice you can make. Even if you look further it is one of the best air purifiers you can get. Now I am not comparing its apples to apples. It is more like apples to oranges. Many other air cleaners have several technologies in use. This one doesn’t have, but a couple, but they are top of the line, which makes a big difference. The most important part is the fact that is is one of the best air purifiers for a budget. If you don’t have much cash this is this best for you.
I believe the Honeywell 50250 air purifier is an air purifier that everybody needs in one room or another just for controlling air pollutants in areas you frequent a lot within your home. The price is unparalleled for the amount of air filtration you get. You can easily see this by the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). CADR is one of the easiest ways to rate an air purifier and if you don’t see one on the box then you have no business purchasing it.
In this section, you will find information about the technologies and parts and ratings for this air cleaner. This will show you what you are getting for your money and just how good this air purifier is. If you haven’t already learned this from the comments people have posted all over the web then this will reconfirm your previous thoughts of why you should purchase this air purifier.
Construction and Controls
As you can guess this is a plastic air purifier and will not be the best thing to roll down the stairs and expect it to still work once it has bounced into the wall. That doesn’t mean it is not built well and is made to last. I want to focus a bit on the small problems people have complained about with the air purifier. The first is the LED that surrounds the fan speed selector. It is bright at night but is no brighter than a LED clock. Of course, if you do not like too much light in your room there is a way to turn it off. You can find a short picture guide of how to do this below.
The second problem is the sound of the Honeywell 50250 air purifier. It is louder than most air purifier and many people don’t like it that much. Anything above the lowest setting is too much when you are in the room. The low setting is great for white noise while sleeping because it is so much quieter than the second level. The second level is almost as loud as the final and third level. As you can tell this leads to why it has such a high CADR with air movement like that.
Two things that you will probably like if you don’t check the inside of air purifiers much is the air filter life meters You have one for the carbon air filter and the HEPA air filter. Once the filters become clogged you will see the meter go up until it hits the top and makes the light change colors, which means it is time to change or clean the filter. Fortunately, these are usually lifetime except for the carbon filter, which will run out of useable carbon every 3 months usually.
You can learn a lot by looking at the ratings of things such as Honeywell air purifiers. You can see how much it cleans per square foot, how loud it is and how much energy it uses. All of these things will come into play when you want to choose the best for your home or business. I have labeled these stats below for you to view and I will tell you that I look for CADR levels above 200 in all air purifiers to label them as good enough for my house. I also don’t like the decibels to be above 50 if I am in the room, but that is a personal thing.
Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR)
Dust – 250
Smoke – 250
Pollen – 250
Noise by Decibels
- Low – 35 decibels
- Medium – 45 decibels
- High – 57 decibels
- Low – 50 watts
- Medium – 120 watts
- High – 170 watts
Charcoal Air Filters
The prefilter is actually an activated carbon air filter as well. I really wish that these two things could be separated, but the price is minimal and space is limited as well so many companies opt to put them into one single air filter. As you can see below the air filter is actually a sleeve that wraps around the HEPA air filter with Velcro straps. It is a fairly thick air filter comparing too many I have seen that are actually see through. I believe it is close to the perfect thickness for the charcoal air purifiers and the price that you get to pay for the end product. Its particular name is Honeywell 38002 if you are looking for a replacement air filter. The large particles in your air will be caught on the prefilter and believe it or not you can vacuum them off. I would prefer you use a HEPA vacuum cleaner to do this so you drop spread dust and pollen all over the place. You could also just vacuum it outside to stop that problem. You will notice that the carbon will need to be replaced every 3 months or less depending on your air quality. I want you to know that you wash your carbon air filters and expect them to absorb odors and smells again. It is impossible to do this. You have to replace them once they are full. It works the same way when they are used in water filters. Replacement HEPA Filters
The Honeywell 50250 air purifier is unique because it has a circular structure that sucks in air from all sides and blows it out the top where it won’t hit anybody like a sudden breath. That way the air will come back down on you as clean. The most important feature about the Honeywell HEPA filter 24000 is not this fact, though. It is the fact that it is a True HEPA air filter that filters 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns in size. This is about 70x smaller than a human hair. Obviously, you cannot see this, but you can rest assured once your breathing gets better and you can sleep through the night without allergy symptoms you will know the difference.
To those that don’t know not all HEPA air filters are built the same. Some are just cheap imitations are usually labeled HEPA-type or HEPA-like. I am not saying they don’t work at all, but they only clean about 90% of particles down to 0.3 microns. That may sound good, but would you buy 90% antibacterial soap? The thing about Honeywell 50250 air purifier True HEPA air filter is the fact that is will last a lifetime because it is reusable. You can actually clean it and use it again. Not many True HEPA air filters are capable doing this. I will state that the performance of this air filter continues to fall each time you clean it and reuse it. Of course, this cost saving can see in your wallet. If you are more serious about air quality then you would go for a much more powerful machine with thicker air filter media. Conclusion
As a last thought, I believe that this is a room air purifier that would be best to get rid of your dust, pollen, and pet dander problems. I believe it is good for mild smoke issues if you smoke in the house. I would just make sure you smoke within the 500 square feet of the air cleaner. Everything else will get absorbed quite rapidly with the True HEPA air filter. The price has already lured you in and I can tell you that it is a good buy for the money. You may not