Model # WAC5500

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Winix 5500 Washable True-HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

Winix

5500 Washable True-HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology

  • Covers a room up to 350 sq ft
  • Long-life washable True HEPA filter
  • Ideal for a large bedroom or family room
$169.94 /each

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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. 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.

  • 3 stage filtration
  • Odor control carbon pre-filter - Especially formulated to capture offensive smoke, cooking and other household odors, the disposable carbon sheet also works as a pre-filter to capture large particles like hair, carpet fibers and dust adding life to your filter
  • Long-life washable True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants and allergens as small as 0.3 microns
  • PlasmaWave technology breaks apart pollutants at a molecular level without producing harmful ozone
  • Air quality sensor provides set-and-forget operation
  • CADR room size rating 350 sq. ft.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
  • Sleep mode
  • Auto mode
  • 4 fan speeds
  • Change filter alert
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Can this unit be turned on all the time? Or do i need to turn it off once in awhile? If yes, how often and for how long?

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August 27, 2016
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Wyoming
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September 9, 2016
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I have three and all are left on all the time. The fan ramps up automatically when needed based upon the quality of the sensed air.
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August 27, 2016
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I run mine 24/7 with no issues. I sometimes run it in Turbo mode, but mostly in the lowest speed, especially when I'm working near it. No problems. If you run it intermittently, the filters should require less frequent replacement or cleaning.
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Douglas, NE
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August 27, 2016
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Yes, mine is on all the time, just check filters, replace when needed.
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New Windsor, NY
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August 27, 2016
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Yes, it can be turned on all the time. I only turn mine on if I smell an odd odor. I use it about three times a week and only run it till the odor is gone, approximately 30 minutes. As with most mechanical units, the less you use it the longer it will last. This air cleaner works very well.
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Kitsap County, WA
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August 27, 2016
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I run mine 24/7 because my wife has asthma and I have allergies to grass, weed, and tree pollen. I recall reading (perhaps in the user manual) it is recommended to turn the unit off if no one will be home, so each time we go out we shut it down.
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Manchester, NJ
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August 27, 2016
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I have had my unit for over one year and it has run full time with no problems.
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August 27, 2016
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The Winix 5500 has SmartSensors that will monitor the air for any impurities, so it is recommended to leave it on all the time. The unit is also Energy Star qualified.
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Dose it produce ozone??

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August 18, 2016
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Layers of them!
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Rochester Hills, MI
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July 5, 2016
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Interesting article will answer your question: https://urbanclinic.net/2011/08/13/what-you-need-to-know-about-ozone-and-air-purifiers/
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June 8, 2016
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I was also curious about this because the Plasmawave technology was new to me. I have a proprietary ozone detector I built for a project for my work. It did not detect any substantial amounts of ozone as compared with "normal ambient" air. I live in Los Angeles, so ozone levels are slightly higher than less congested areas. That said, I don't think this unit produces any significant amounts of ozone.
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June 7, 2016
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The Winix 5500 does not omit any harmful ozone
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June 7, 2016
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The Winix 5500 unit does not release any harmful ozone into the air.
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What is the noise level of the unit (i.e., peak db)?

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November 16, 2015
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April 30, 2016
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These are measured about 1ft from the front of the air cleaner.
speed on high(turbo)=69db
speed on 3=63 db
speed on 2=54 db
speed on 1=<50 estimate 45 db
The lowest speed is very quiet, except there's a low level popping crackling noise which is caused by the Plasma wave device. It's just barely audible in the room, but if your within 2-3 feet you can hear it. I sit about this distance from it and
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These are measured about 1ft from the front of the air cleaner.
speed on high(turbo)=69db
speed on 3=63 db
speed on 2=54 db
speed on 1=<50 estimate 45 db
The lowest speed is very quiet, except there's a low level popping crackling noise which is caused by the Plasma wave device. It's just barely audible in the room, but if your within 2-3 feet you can hear it. I sit about this distance from it and it does not disturb me.
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December 8, 2015
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I would think at the maximum level it's like a small vacuum cleaner. But in regular mode, it's pretty quiet.
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Berlin Center, Ohio
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December 6, 2015
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Don't know the db. but you can't hear it on low (#1). #2 is drowned out by the tv. It's a pleasant background noise that you have to listen for. #3 louder but very effective at clearing out odors quickly. Turbo is as loud as other fans at their top setting. Turbo is great for a quick clean of the air at parties.
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November 19, 2015
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Low / Med / High / Turbo (db), 36.2 / 43.9 / 47.9 / 61.8
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November 18, 2015
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I don't have a db meter, and no noise specifications are given in the accompanying literature, however, at the low speed fan setting I cannot hear the fan even when I'm right next to the unit. The turbo fan setting is audible but I would characterize it as much quieter than a typical bathroom exhaust fan. My house is in the middle of a major renovation project, and still the unit stays at the lowest fan Read More
I don't have a db meter, and no noise specifications are given in the accompanying literature, however, at the low speed fan setting I cannot hear the fan even when I'm right next to the unit. The turbo fan setting is audible but I would characterize it as much quieter than a typical bathroom exhaust fan. My house is in the middle of a major renovation project, and still the unit stays at the lowest fan speed at least 95% of the time. Read Less
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remote?

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October 22, 2015
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October 18, 2016
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Yes, it has a remote. I rarely use it.
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April 15, 2016
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yes
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Yes. You can adjust the fan speed, turn off/on the plasma
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November 3, 2015
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Yes it does come with a remote control, although I've never used them (I have 3 of the units). It allows control functions like manual setting of the fan speed, but I just leave them in auto as they sense air quality and ramp fan speed up or down as needed.
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October 23, 2015
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Yes, the Winix 5500 does come with a remote
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 272 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent value Works very well, reduces dust in air and on shelves, also good price. June 24, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by So far so good It seems sensitive to odors in the air as it cycles at different times and is quiet operating. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GREAT PRODUCT EASY TO SET UP, QUIET IN AUTO MODE, AIR QUALITY SO MUCH BETTER. I LEAVE ON AUTOMATIC IN MY DAUGHTERS ROOM. IF SOMEONE IN BATHROOM DOWN THE HALL SPRAYS HAIRSPRAY OR FRESHNER OR ANYTHING OR SOMEONE PASSES GAS THIS UNIT CLICKS ON A TURBO MODE AND CLEARS THE AIR. BOUGHT TWO OF THESE AND MY SISTER HAS NOW PURCHASED ONE. OUTSTANDING PRODUCT SO FAR May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JS Review - 5500 Washable True-HEPA Air Cleaner with PlasmaWave Technology Actually planning on buying a couple more. Running it on Auto Mode is the best. The Air Quality Sensor decides when and how much air flow rate is needed. When the air quality is bad the light turns to orange to red. I have an old house so during summer I have multiple window air conditioners running. For months I had a bad spontaneous cough in the house . Did everything from shop vacuuming with dust bag to spray sanitizing the walls and floors. Thanks to this air purifier and my weather app I figured out that it was the outdoor mold spore level. Now every time I cough I look at the Air Quality sensor light and it is orange to red (100 % hit rate). Within less than 5 mins the air quality light is green again. While 1 air cleaner is sufficient for the first floor (350 SQ FT) I plan on having 2 in the 1st floor and 1 more upstairs. It runs so super quite that I am ready to toss my UV light air cleaner (4 yrs old) October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good so far. Arrived intact. Setup was easy. I like the air quality indicator. Quiet! October 18, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Works great and is very quiet. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Product! Easy to operate and really works well. The air sensor is super sensitive. You can spray a blast of hair spray from across the room and within seconds, the sensor shows that the air in the room is bad. Great product! Will probably purchase several more. October 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Amazingly efficient As much as I wanted to believe that a washable HEPA filter air filtering machine existed (at a reasonable price no less), I have been thrilled with the consistent performance of this one! Super quiet, detects impurities and removes them automatically, keeps everyday dust from settling on furniture by taking it from the air. It's tough on odors, though I can't honestly say it's completely eliminated our tough one (cigarette). At this price, I will invest in another unit for another room that likes to capture and hold air, rather than circulate. i highly recommend this air machine, especially if it's not your first machine. You will be very impressed! January 19, 2016
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