Honeywell HFD-130 Germicidal Tower Air Purifier with Permanent IFD Filter
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- Electronic air purifier for stripping indoor environments of pollen, dander, tobacco smoke and dust from Honeywell
- Purifier quietly employs IFD filtration to trap particles and ionize the air
- 60-watt purifier requires no UV-bulbs and is Energy-Star certified; 12-hour program timer
- Low, medium, and high power levels available; covers rooms up to 200 square feet
- The air purifier measures 19.37 by 15.39 by 14.21 inches and weighs 12.9 pounds
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Permanent IFDAir Purifier with filter that is washable and vacuum-able & never needs replacement!
To rid a room of unhealthy or irritating airborne particles such as dust, smoke, and mold, an air purifier can be indispensable. Manufacturer of a wide assortment of air treatment products, Honeywell combines HEPA and IFD (intense field dielectric) filtration methods in this germicidal electronic tower for effective cleansing. Energy-Star certified, the 60-watt purifier removes up to 99.97 percent of a room's air impurities for better breathing.
The air purifier best suits rooms 200 square feet in size. The user selects from the three operation speeds for purification or takes advantage of the 12-hour programmable timer. Air circulates silently through the machine up to four times an hour without any disruption to the room's natural air flow. The purifier traps impurities via filtration and ionization, releasing clean air into the room. While the IFD filter never need be replaced, the purifier illuminates an indicator light when cleaning is necessary. Users clean the filter by rinsing half a dozen times a year or they might choose to vacuum the IFD filter to clear debris. As with all electric appliances, read all information prior to using the purifier. The air purifier measures 19.37 by 15.39 by 14.21 inches and weighs 12.9 pounds. --Jessica Reuling
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OK, that being said, the purifier itself works well so far (I've only had it for a few days). Allergies here in Austin are pretty bad outside, but with the HFD-130 they are definitely better inside. The low setting is quiet enough for me to sleep with, but I also enjoy the background noise of a fan while sleeping.
I measured the HFD-130's power consumption using a basic P3 Kill A Watt meter. Here are both real power (W) and the associated kWh for a 30-day month of 24/7 usage:
Off (but plugged in): <1W Real Power (negligible)
Low Setting: 26W, 19kWh
Med Setting: 32W, 23kWh
HI Setting: 57W, 41kWh
These results are fairly consistent with P. Garman's results from his 2006 review. If you care, the apparent power is (6VA, 29VA, 34VA, 64VA) for the respective settings (Off, Low, Med, Hi).
And finally, the ozone debate. The HFD-130's manual clearly states that it produces less than 50 ppb of ozone. All I know is, I have a history of mild asthma and in the last couple of days I have had NO breathing problems with this purifier on 24/7. If anything changes, I'll update this review.
Well, after 2 years of use, I'm giving this filter away. My initial impression (above) has changed; I'm not sure I care for this filter anymore. The main reason being, I don't know if it's cleaning or not! After 2 years of use, the filter dirty indicator NEVER climbed above 2 bars (out of 5 or so). Now I know this is probably a timed indicator, but still, it should climb faster than 1 bar per year! I did clean the filters manually (as per the instructions), just in case it was working, but honestly I can no longer tell the difference.
I may have gotten a bum unit, so I won't say "I hate it" or anything, but I think I'll move to another brand.
I'm a family doctor and I noticed that hand-washing did not provide protection against air-borne infections when treating my patients. During every cold/flu season, I'd get sick myself and then whenever a patient had smoke on his/her clothes, I'd be coughing and wheezing in the exam room, which led to me missing work and not being able to care for my patients at least 2 days per month during outbreaks. This fall I put the 4 Honeywell HFD-130s in my exam rooms and office, and have not been sick at all and my patients who smoke no longer make me have fits of coughing and sneezing and wheezing. I've recently purchased 2 more to have back at home for allergy season. I would never be without these. I make sure the office filters are vacuumed once every month, and enjoy not paying for HEPA filters... 5 stars.
I run it on medium, and that is quiet enough not to disturb the people in the next cubes. They did object to having it on high, saying that was too loud. It creates static in my phone if I get too close to it; so it's in the part of my cube away from my chair.
It has helped tremendously with getting irritating particles out of the air at work, but I don't find it can filter out any solvents or VOCs like perfumes, cleaning sprays, etc. It only clears particles. But then the filters that do clear solvents and airbone chemicals cost more in the range of 1,000 dollars.
The only problem I had with it was the strong "black plastic" smell when I first bought it. I ran it for about five weeks in an unused area of my house before that chemical-ish smell went away. After that smell wore off it was great. Just be aware that if you are chemically sensitive, along with sensitive to particles, that you might have to let it air out for a few weeks before using it in your living or working space.