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North Carolina has the highest pollen count of any other state in the US, that’s why I started my search for a good air purifier. I wasn’t sure how well air purifiers worked with pollen, but I knew I didn’t want to spend too much money on one. I ended up purchasing the Honeywell 17000 mainly because it was in the price range I was looking for and because it has a HEPA filter.
The HEPA filter is the only filter that can filter out cigarette smoke. My thought was, if something can filter out cigarette smoke, then it could definitely filter out pollen. I got the Honeywell air purifier through Amazon, like most things I buy online. Of course, I got the 2 day free shipping because I am a Prime member.
The air purifier is not large, small enough to put on your office desk, although not ideal. I would think that most people would have it on the floor. I leave mine next to my bed at all times running 24/7. Out of the box, there is very little assembly required. There are 2 filters in this unit. There is the actual HEPA filter (which is the core) and the prefilter. The HEPA filter does not need to be changed out often. Every 3 years or so is ok, and that is a good thing because the filter replacements go for around $40 on Amazon. The prefilter; however, should be replaced every 3 months according to the manual. At $6, that is definitely doable.
The HEPA filter is a circular filter that fits around a fan. As the fan spins, it sucks in air through the bottom and blows air out through the top. All the dust and particles gets trapped in the filter during that process. The fan can be quite loud on the highest setting, but the lowest setting is quite enough so that I can sleep with it on at night.
After about a month of use, I checked the prefilter. That filter was covered in white dust. The HEPA filter stilled looked to be in excellent condition. I vacuumed the prefilter and it was good as new. My thought is that vacuuming the filter often would allow that filter to last a very long time. There is no question that the Honeywell air purifier works. My bedroom does not have as much dust as other rooms and the dust on the prefilter is the evidence of that. I sleep better at night because of this product, I can breathe easier than I could outside or even in another room.
The only gripe I have about this product is that on any other setting than low, it is very loud. I can only leave it on a low setting, but this setting is not strong enough to cover my master bedroom. Also, I wish this unit had some kind of indicator that detects the air quality in the room. We have a $2,000 Coway air purifier that detects the air quality and automatically adjusts the settings.
All in all, the Honewell 17000 air purifier is a great product that does the job well. If it was a bit quieter, I would have given it 5/5 stars. Still, I think it is the best air purifier in its price range.