Allergy season is nearly upon us. An allergy sufferer’s best friend is an air purifier, and the Honeywell HHT-145 HEPAClean is a great ally in the war on allergens. Easy to use, sleek, and relatively quiet, this device has it all.
You may be wondering, what is a HEPA filter anyways? Well, it is about as good as filtering gets. It catches particles that are invisible to the naked eye. It stands for high efficiency particulate air. Where normal vacuum cleaners just recirculate those tiny nasty particles, HEPA filters trap them. They actually claim that “99% of fine airborne particles such as dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores & pet dander” are removed. Even the first night I used it, I notice how clean the air in my room felt. It felt fresh, not stale. I woke up breathing better even. I’m hoping it will pull me through the worst of allergy season, and so far it’s doing a great job.
An ionizer creates electrons that go into the air, attach to air molecules such as pet dander, smoke, dust, and more. This makes them larger and thus more easy to capture in the filter. It cuts down on bad smells, and on how often you have to dust. It is even recommended as a tool against migraines, of which I suffer. While it did not help mine, some people swear by it. On the flip side, if you have asthma they recommend against using this feature for fear of aggravating the lungs. I also have that and did not feel bothered by it.
UV filters come in handy because bacteria and mold aren’t too fond of it. So when you used in conjunction with a HEPA filter, it is a powerful force for limiting bacteria and mold. This particular cleaner is recommended for up to a 12 x 15 ft room for best results.
The LCD screen is easy to navigate with several obvious buttons and choices. There are 12 cleaning levels, a 1-18 hour timer, optional oscillating, and ionizing. Installing the air filters was very simple, just a click in. And that was all the set up involved. The look of the machine is pretty nice, especially considering that most other air purifiers look like… well, air purifiers. This has a nice sleek look. It also has an easy pick up handle, which comes in handy every night because it must be placed 3 ft away from a wall. There have been various comments online about how noisy the machine is. I really haven’t been bothered by its gentle hum though. As long as it stays like that and doesn’t get worse, as some users have cited, it’s really not a bother. If you are one of those people who are super sensitive to noise when you are sleeping, you may not like it.
Included are the UV light bulb, two filters, and one pre-filter. HEPA filters typically just need to be cleaned rather than replaced, but replacements are an option if you want them. Cleaning them is as simple as taking a HEPA vacuum to them. Regular vacuums won’t do because they can’t capture tiny particles and truly clean the filters. The screen will let you know when they need to be cleaned. The particle pre-filter can be washed in warm water to be cleaned when needed.
The Honeywell HHT-145 HEPAClean Tower Air Purifier can be found for as low as $200.59 on Amazon. But considering that it is very similar to what professional mold remediaters use, that isn’t too unreasonable. It comes with a limited 5 year warranty too. If you suffer from allergies, be they environmental, pet, mold or dust, this is a wise investment to your health. And who can out a price on that?
The Good: high quality filters, easy to use, works very well
The Bad: high price, may irritate if you are a light sleeper