Winix Model WAC5500 Plasmawave Air Purifier

Winix Model WAC5500 Plasmawave Air Purifier

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Product is rated as #9 in category Air Purifier
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  • Washable True HEPA Filter
  • Odor Control Carbon Pre-Filter
  • PlasmaWave Technology
  • Smart Sensor with Auto-Mode
  • Energy Star Qualified
  • Some may find it noisy
  • Short Warranty
  • No operation schedule

Suitable for a family room or large bedroom (350 sq. ft. CADR); the Winix Model WAC5500 with PlasmaWave Technology combines the best filtering and technologies to deliver clean fresh air.

A special long-life washable True HEPA filtration, odor control carbon pre-filter, and Winix’s PlasmaWave Technology combine to offer superior control of household odors, pollutants and allergens.

The true HEPA filter captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in size, while a built-in air quality sensor provides “set-and-forget” operation by adjusting the fan speed automatically.

The Winix Model WAC5500 includes a replaceable carbon filter and a permanent HEPA filter. The HEPA filter will need to be cleaned regularly; it is recommended that you clean it even more often than directions indicate in order to prolong its life.

The carbon filters will need to be replaced every three months. The unit comes with four carbon filters, so you will not need to buy new ones for up to a year. Carbon filters are less expensive to replace than HEPA filters.

The PlasmaWave feature of this unit using ionization to deodorize the room. It can be turned on or off independent of turning the whole unit on and off, so people who do not like ionization can still use the purifier without the ionization.

The Winix WAC550 can boast Clean Air Delivery Rates of 350; it is recommended that the CADR of your unit is 2/3 the size of the room in which it will be used. The Winix WAC550 will prove good purification for large rooms and very good purification for small or medium sized rooms.

The Winix WAC550 has a Smart Sensor that can be set to auto mode; it will scan and read the air quality in a room and automatically adjust its setting to provide the ideal purifying power needed for the particular area. This also helps save energy, as it will automatically reduce its fan speed as the air becomes cleaner.

Specification: Winix Model WAC5500 Plasmawave Air Purifier

CDR: Tobacco Smoke 236
CDR: Dust 248
CDR: Pollen 252
Area Coverage (sqft) 350
Ionizer No
UV Bulb No
HEPA Filter Yes
Filter Reset No
Pre-Filter Yes
Energy Star Verification Yes
CARB Certified Yes
Power Consumption (Watts) Low/High: 6/70
Filter Monitor Yes
Standby Mode Yes
Air Quality Sensor Yes
Timer & Scheduler No
Remote Control Yes
Amount of Air Moved (CFM) 226
Hepa-filter-type Washable
Carbon Filter Yes
Dimensions (inches) 19.1L x 11.4 W x 24.4 H
Weight (lbs) 17.9
Filters To Change 2
Other Options Plasma Wave Technology
Price $199 - $239

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Winix Model WAC5500 Plasmawave Air Purifier
Winix Model WAC5500 Plasmawave Air Purifier
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