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Winix WAC5500 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology
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- Long Life True HEPA Filtration Captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens as small as 0.3 microns
- Odor Control Carbon Pre-Filter especially formulated to capture offensive Smoke, Cooking and other Household Odors.
- PlasmaWave™ Technology attacks pollutants at a molecular level to neutralize viruses, bacteria, chemical vapors, and odors - without producing harmful ozone.
- Smart Sensor with Auto-Mode automatically adjusts your air cleaner settings to meet the needs of your environment.
- Energy Star Qualified to save you money.
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Armed with 99.97 percent efficient True HEPA filtration, odor eliminating carbon pre-filter, and PlasmaWave Technology this unit provides 3-stage superior control of household odors, pollutants, and allergens.
3 Stage Air Cleaning
Odor Absorbing Carbon Pre-Filter
Reduces VOCs and household odors from cooking, pets, and smoke. It is designed to catch airborne particles found indoors, which also helps prolong the True HEPA Filter life.
True HEPA Filtration
True HEPA filters capture 99.97%* of airborne allergens including; pollen, mold spores, dust, pet dander, microbes, and smoke. *particles as small as 0.3 microns in size.
PlasmaWave Technology works at a molecular level to safely breaks down odors, allergens, chemical vapors, and other indoor pollutants, without emitting harmful ozone or byproducts.
- 350 sq. ft.
- Pollen: 251
- Dust: 216
- Tobacco Smoke: 235
- Clean Air Delivery Air Tested , the higher the CADR numbers, the faster the units clean the air
4 Fan Speeds
Want to control your unit manually? The 5500 has you covered. With 4 settings you can manually set the speed to exactly what you want. So show the particles in your air whose boss by choosing between Low, Medium, High, and Turbo.
Smart Sensors & Auto Mode
Utilizing our Smart Sensors the 5500 consistently monitors the air around it. The LED indicator displays the quality on a scale of good to poor (1-5). When the unit senses the quality change, it automatically adjusts the speed at which it’s running to equalize the pollutants and create clean. pure. air.
LED Auto Dim Feature
With the end user in mind our engineers had a great thought; why do lights remain bright even when it’s dark? With that thought they created the auto dim feature; which senses the amount of ambient light in the room, allowing the unit to display either the normal bright LED or a dimmed LED. Perfect for use in rooms where sleeping may occur, perhaps the bedroom.
Filter Change Notice
Worried you might forget when your filter needs to be changed? Fret not. The 5500 will let you know when it’s time. The control panel will display an LED alert until the filter is changed. On average the Carbon Pre-Filter needs to be changed every 6 months and the True HEPA Filter needs to be changed every year.
Established over 40 years ago, in 1973, our goal is and always has been simple; provide clean air and clean water. Winix is in constant pursuit of 'next generation' technologies and quality engineering leading to aesthetically pleasing, user friendly and (most importantly) powerfully effective products. We have a rich history of innovation and our uncompromised ethical standards are second to none.
Suitable for a family room or large bedroom (350 sq ft CADR); the Winix WAC5500 True HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave™ Technology combines the best filtering and technologies to deliver clean fresh air. Special Long Life True HEPA Filtration; Odor Control Carbon Pre-filter; and Winix's PlasmaWave™ Technology combine to offer superior control of Household Odors, Pollutants and Allergens.
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WAC5300 $159 vs WAC5500 $199. I have 2 WAC5300's and 1 WAC5500.
1) This model does come with a remote. The remote is very useful turning it on and changing fan speeds. It is the only way to turn off the plasma wave.
2) Washable Hepa filter. I have serious doubts that you can effectively wash a Hepa filter. There are no instructions for cleaning it either.
3) External color
4) On fan speed #2 this unit (5500) is quieter
I have had this air purifier for 2 months now. It works great for us. I use it mostly on the 2nd lowest speed #2. The air in the bedroom where I use this one is always very fresh now. This model is a little quieter than the 5300. Both my 5300's you can hear the motor making a faint whining sound on speed #2 only. The 5500 does not make this sound making it best for the bedroom.
I bought this primarily for:
1) cleaning the air of out-gassing from plastics/synthetics, paint, particle board, carpet etc.
2) No one in the family has any allergies, but I was interested in lowering the pollen, mold spores and dust especially in spring and summer when we all get runny noses from time to time.
3) I have a 5yr old son and want to keep the indoor air as clean as possible for his health.
IT WORKS FOR DETECTING AND CLEANING PLASTIC/SYNTHETICS OUT-GASSING:
I bought a memory foam topper to soften up a hard mattress and it feels great. However there were many complaints about chemical smell and that it needs a few days to air out before using. When I received it, I noticed a minor smell but used it that night since I am not sensitive to the odor. (2.5" Lucid by LinenSpa Gel Infused Ventilated Memory Foam Mattress Topper with Removable Bamboo Cover, QUEEN)
****This product detected the new mattress odor the 1st night and and while on auto kicked into #3 fan speed for about 45min. The air quality meter was at 4 bars of 5 and gradually declined to "good air quality". This continued for several days even though I couldn't smell it anymore.
**** I smoke outside (never inside) and both models occasionally detect the small amount of smoke left in my lungs when I come in the house. This truly surprised me.
For LIGHT SLEEPERS like me:
For use in the bedroom I use a timer to shut the unit off between 4am and 5am when I am most likely to wake up from fan noise. The unit is very quiet at speed 1). Speed 2) is also quiet but can wake me up at around 5am. The timer I use is Belkin Conserve Energy Saving Outlet. It can be set for 30 min, 3 hours and 6 hours. So, I set it for 6 hours and turn it on at 10pm. It shuts off the air cleaner at 4am. Perfect for me.
Power consumption by fan speed:
4) Turbo 77W
1) Very difficult to hear in a very quiet room at night.
2) Minor white noise, fine for daytime use but may be too noisy for light sleepers.
3) Sound kicks up a few notches, fine for brief periods but too much for all day use.
4 Turbo loud
Plasma Wave noise:
None. I can only hear something when the fan is on #1 low and I listen at the air outlet vent.
Surprisingly these all fit
1) I added a second charcoal filter to increase the effectiveness of cleaning odor and synthetics out-gassing. Carbon filters are VERY IMPORTANT to cleanse the air of very small pollutants. Pollutants too small for the HEPA filter to catch. Change the carbon more often than 3 months. You can buy cut to fit ACTIVATED CARBON filters here on Amazon for 7-10$ for 2.
2) I bought a washable pre-filter to keep dust from blocking the charcoal's cleaning and extend the life of the Hepa filter. This prefilter is a little narrow on the width by 1/4" but works well Duck Brand 1285234 24-Inch by 15-Inch by 1/4-Inch Foam Air Conditioner Filter
Charcoal filter vs Activated carbon:
They have similar cleaning abilities but Activated Carbon is many times more effective than charcoal or carbon. For those that want to know, here is why: Activated carbon is processed carbon or charcoal. It is processed with steam to create millions microscopic holes and channels that trap the sub micron particles that pollute your air and that can't be cleaned by the hepa filter. Activated carbon is used commercially to purify air and drinking water. I will be replacing the charcoal filter with Activated carbon filter. Cut-to-fit Carbon for Air Purifiers
Air quality sensor:
I was skeptical about the air quality sensor but it has detected some cooking odors and plastic out-gassing so far.
My only concern is how long will it work and I seriously doubt it will detect everything. Most sensors need some maintenance (more than the vacuuming recommended in the manual). ****But maybe it's not important in the long run as you become confident the air cleaner works and you change the carbon filters at the recommended 3 months or sooner.
A little about me: I am a practicing Electronic Engineer with over 20 yrs experience analyzing electronic components and engineering modifications to improve performance or fix defects.
The price performance of this product is very good. I rate it 5 stars.
Thank you to all the reviewers of this product and other air purifiers sold on Amazon. You have helped me make a good choice in the $200 price range.
Information on Ozone: Some air purifiers create Ozone during their ionization process. Since this uses a "plasma" technology, the Ozone creation is minimal. This particular model only creates 3 ppb when Plasmawave is turned on. This is far below the FDA recommended 50 ppb limit. The box advertises a "NO OZONE" logo with information on Ozone production. There is no distinct Ozone smell that some other purifiers create.
350 sqr/ft room
When the purifier is set to Auto mode, it uses the air sensor to change the speed of the fan when needed. It never goes to Turbo mode when set to Auto, so the High setting is the loudest it will get. Most of the time in Auto mode, the fan is set to Low.
On Low you can not hear the fan unless you are close to it and the Plasmawave is set to OFF.
On Medium the fan is slightly audible and the Plasmawave is turned on. Some complain of a weird almost "clicking" noise when the fan is on Medium with Plasmawave on, and this is true. It is VERY quiet (at least on my machine) and I only hear it if I am right next to the purifier and actively listening for it. This might be a problem for those who have this is their bedroom, but you can turn off the Plasmawave with the provided remote.
On High, the fan is clearly audible and the Plasmawave is turned on. You cannot hear the Plasmawave noise when the fan is set to High.
Turbo is very loud and Plasmawave is turned on, but it moves a lot of air in this mode and is really useful for clearing out a room quickly. Even though it is loud it isn't that obnoxious.
The air sensor that is installed on this device is extremely sensitive, holding up anything that gives off an odor automatically triggers the purifier to increased the fan speed depending on how bad the odor is. Nail Polish, food odors, laundry have all set the sensor off even if the smells are faint. FYI: The sensor is an Odor sensor, not a Particle sensor, so it does not detect dust or pet hair.
The remote is a little bulky but is very handy. You can manually turn the fan from Low --> Turbo, turn Plasmawave Off/On, turn the purifier Off/On, and set up the different modes. You cannot activate the Auto mode with the remote, but turning off the purifier off then on again automatically turns the Auto feature on. The remote sits in a designated holder on the top of the purifier.
To wash the HEPA filter, hold it under a stream of room temperature water at a 45 degree angle and thoroughly rinse it. Then let it air dry for 12-24 hours or until dry to the touch. Make sure to grasp the edge of the filter and not the inner "flaps" because you can damage/warp them when they are wet. You can also vacuum the HEPA filter occasionally, but I am not sure if it will increase its lifespan.
Some things I did not like about the purifier were the lack of handles on the sides. It isn't a very heavy unit but handles would make moving it from room to room much easier. Also, the lack of an Auto button on the remote is slightly annoying. The carbon filters are thin compared to other units and are a little expensive. The lack of a particle sensor is also a con.
In the box:
WAC5500 Air Purifier
1 Washable HEPA filter rated at 99.97% (3 year lifespan. 1 wash every six months with a max of 6 washes)
4 carbon filters (1 year supply. 1 pre-installed + 3 extras, manufacturer recommends replacement every 3 months)
Remote with batteries