All of these are not only incredibly common, but they can compound your breathing and health problems if you have to somehow tackle many of them at the same time, which is unfortunately. Here’s why the Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 air purifier is a great choice.
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Is PlasmaWave a Marketing Term?
Maybe, but the bottom line is that this air purifier is both powerful and efficient. According to the manufacturer, the PlasmaWave technology helps to remove ozone form your space, which is a common problem with ionizer air purifiers. Ozone isn’t something you want to breathe a lot of, and if you have ever had a smell professionally removed from your car for example, then you would have been told the same thing.
In the first tier, particles are trapped in a pre-filter containing active charcoal aka carbon. Unpleasant matter that is large, for example, dust and hair are tackled in this stage. Second, smaller airborne matter that sneaks past the first filter then hits the HEPA filter, which, as you may know from reading this page, captures ridiculously small particles like pollen and also certain airborne illnesses. Finally, the PlasmaWave Technology is unleashed in the third stage, which basically adds electrical charges to particles in order to filter them.
This air purifier is insanely quiet. It boasts a 4 speed fan, and a sleep mode, and a turbo mode. As with all air filters, a lower fan speed is quieter and uses less electricity, and higher fan speed means air is cleaned more quickly. Some people have found the higher speed settings a little more noticeable.
This air purifier also includes the helpful feature of automatically detecting the air quality and adjusting its settings based on the input to the filter. Why drive manual when you can drive automatic? You can just set it and forget it.
The Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 wins the mid-class range by leading in some important categories: CADR ratings of 243 (dust), 232 (smoke) and 246 (pollen), which means it will clean out a room of those sizes (in cubic feet), which is filled with those things in one minute. It changes the air in a space about 5 times per hour and is therefore recommended for rooms of up to 360 square feet in size, but for this particular unit, you are probably better off in a room smaller than that.
Washable Filter and Look
The 5500-2 comes with a washable filter, and is better looking than most other air purifiers available (granted, subjective, but this can sit in most spaces without being too much of an eye sore).
The lower speeds on this model are not as powerful as you might want for a larger space. Some people complain that for use in a bedroom the lights on this model are intrusive. If you want to save a few more bucks, there is a predecessor model to the 5500-2, which is the Winix PlasmaWave 5300, which does not include a remote control or washable filter (the 5500-2 does include both).
A Final Word
The Winix PlasmaWave 5500-2 will probably suit you also for a condo or apartment if you don’t mind moving it around a little bit. It has many helpful features at a very competitive price. It has a fairly large filter, which is helpful in that it requires less changes. It’s a really solid option for your space, almost irrespective of what impurities exist in our air, thanks to its 3 tiers and PlasmaWave filter.