There are many air cleaning system that cost an arm and a leg. But, not everyone needs the extra layers of protection they offer.

If you don’t need that much of a filtering and still would like to have a solid air purification system, the Honeywell Quiet Care with its Life Pure HEPA filter is a great solution

Being a true HEPA, this air purifier removes at least 99.97 percent of particles down to 0.3 microns from all the air that passes trough it. That includes dust, pollen, tobacco, mold spores, cat dander, kitchen smoke, and other air pollutants.

The carbon filter helps remove the common household odors, and if you have pets, also pet odors.

It is recommended for medium and small rooms. It has been certified for rooms up to 200 square feet.

It has a surround seal technology to minimize air leaks. The pre-filter should be replaced every 90 days.

But the good thing is that, depending on usage, the permanent HEPA filter should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. The unit itself comes with a 5-years limited guarantee.

Honeywell also tries to extend the life of the included HEPA filter, because this seems to be one of the critical spots when it comes to buying HEPA based filtration systems. The frequency of replacement and the price of the replacement filter itself are very important during the process of decision making.

Filter Replacement

side look
After you open the side cover.

Honeywell 17000-S also has an intelligent filter monitoring system to remind you if and when the optimal time for replacement has arrived. They call this Intelli-Check filter monitor which is installed to remind you about the right time for replacement. In the front panel there are two LED lights that indicate when you need to replace the HEPA filter or the prefilter.

In order to replace the filters, you would have to turn the unit on the side and unscrew the large piece that keeps the lid in place. When the side piece comes out, you will find your cylindrical HEPA filter with the prefilter around it. There is a set of instructions that show you how to vacuum it out and screw it back in after cleaning. It is very easy to do cleaning and maintaining.

Note: When changing your filter you should check the number of your purifier on the sticker on the bottom of the unit to avoid purchasing the wrong filter.

Features

This purifier is 15.8 x 13.1 x 17.1 inches, weighing about 13 pounds. It is not really portable but with its top handle you can easily move it around if you like.

The sound reducing technology is another of the important points that Honeywell tries to implement in their machines. Honeywell calls this QuietCare sound reducing technology. It is used for really ultra quiet operation. When set to high, it is still pretty tolerable although those who are sensitive to noise might want to use this setting when they’re out.

You have 3 different power settings: high, medium, and low. When you turn it on high, their is a blue LED indicator, and for medium and low as well.

All newer units come with a lifetime HEPA filter but the older units don’t have a lifetime filter. If the filter mash encasing the mash is black you DON’T have a lifetime filter.

If the filter mash is white, you DO have a lifetime filter. With lifetime filters you would have to clean them, but you don’t have to replace them when the LED light indicator illuminates.

This indicator will automatically go on after 90 days regardless of your environment. After 90 days the carbon prefilter is no longer effective and should be discharged and replaced with a new one.

You then vacuum the HEPA filter on the outside part of the filter. The vacuum cleaner will pick up the dirt and particle. You would have to be careful not the penetrate the filter to prevent tearing and puncturing.

After you wrap a brand new prefilter and secure it in place with the provided velcro straps, you may place the entire assembly back inside the inner chamber and the cap back on the unit.

It means that the filter is renewed, fresh, and clean and you may continue using your Honeywell system. It comes with a nice owners manual, which you can find also as an electronic version here.

Ratings

There are two types of ratings that matter with air purifiers: ACH, and CADR. ACH stands for Air Changes per Hour and denotes how many times is the air in the room changed during one full hour. Honeywell 17000 S has a pretty high ACH number of 6.

CADR, on the other hand means how many cubic feet of fresh air free of dust, pollen, and smoke the unit delivers per minute. Honeywell has a solid CADR rating of 130 for all three pollutants.

Power Consumption

Honeywell QuietCare does a very good job at air cleaning with a very little power consumption. It needs only about 80 W of electric power, which means that you will be spending the amount of electricity equal to a normal light bulb.

The Bottom Line

Given the low consumption and good air cleaning capacity, Honeywell 17000 is a great choice, backed up with the durable true HEPA and a full five years warranty. It is also not too expensive, while providing decent relief for those suffering from asthma or allergies. On the flip side, it could be a little loud when set on high.

If you are on the look out for a new air cleaner, the Honeywell 17000 S should be seriously considered. Check out Amazon.com for the latest price, and also take a look at the users feedback.

Honeywell 17000-S User’s Manual (PDF)