Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner

Updated 2020

Honeywell Electronic air cleaners include the F50, F50F, F300, F300A, F300E range of furnace based whole house purifiers. These electronic whole-house air cleaners work by connecting your home’s central heating furnace/system.

Download the Honeywell manual here: http://customer.honeywell.com/techlit/pdf/PackedLit/69-0756.pdf

honeywell electronic air cleaner

If you are reading this page and looking to replace a unit, then you will be happy to know that Amazon.com still stock the F300 edition for easy replacement.

Honeywell F300E1027 Electronic Air Cleaner, 20" x 20" with Performance Enhancing Post-Filter
  • Media post-filter provides enhanced filtration on select models
  • Solid state power supply is self-regulating and maintains peak efficiency during a wide range of cell dirt loading conditions
  • Low-profile door with test button to check system operation
  • Helps filter efficiency-robbing "gunk" before it coats critical system parts
  • Very low pressure drop

The Honeywell range of electronic air cleaners comes with a 2 stage filter system that cleans the air from your furnace outlet.

1. The first stage is a pre-filter that removes most of the big particles such as lint, dust, and pet dander. If you don’t choose an air cleaner that comes with a pre-filter then you will put too much strain on the main unit. The main filter system should only be used to remove very tiny particles from 0.03 microns to 0.3 microns.

2. The Main filter system of the Honeywell electronic purifiers uses ionization technology to charge the surrounding particles. Honeywell states that their air cleaner will charge all particles that are bigger than 0.3 microns. Once each particle is charged then the Honeywell air cleaner will use charged oppositely charged plates to attract these particles and clean them from the air.

The Benefits of The Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner

  • As the system uses an ionization technology then you will not have to pay for new filters or replace them.
  • According to the manual, you will only have to wash the filter cells every 6-12 months. To be honest I doubt this a lot and will talk about this later!
  • The manual states the electronic air cleaner will remove 99% of airborne particles however it does not say the size of these particles.
  • Honeywell provides a 10-year guarantee for the coil and a 5-year guarantee for the rest of the air cleaner.

The Downside of the Honeywell Electronic Air Cleaner

  • Ionization technology will attract dust and give it weight but without suitable secondary filters such as a HEPA, they can not all be removed from the air.
  • This Honeywell air cleaner only uses ionization so it will be inefficient at picking up the very smallest of air pollutant particles such as bacteria and viruses. 90% of air particles are bigger than 0.3 microns but the Honeywell range of whole house purifier is only able to pick up particles bigger than 0.3 microns.
  • We have found that ionization purifiers become very inefficient as their filter cells become dirty. We often recommend cleaning them at least once a week rather than the stated 6 months by Honeywell.
  • Whole-house air cleaners are notoriously bad at cleaning your home’s air. The problem comes down to air always following the path of least resistance. We wrote an article that explains this in more detail: Do Whole House Air Purifiers Work?

Conclusion: Choosing to replace your old F300 Electronic air cleaners might be great if you are looking to replace an existing system but if you don’t have that system in place then we would recommend going for something more portable that uses HEPA technology as it has been proven again and again to provide significant value when compared to an ionizer based system.

If you are interested in cleaning your air and not investing in something like the Honeywell electronic air cleaner then check out the current air purifiers we currently recommend (all available in 2020 via Amazon.com): 

1.Best for Most People – LEVOIT Pet Edition
LEVOIT Air Purifiers for Home Allergies and Pets Hair, H13 True HEPA Filter for Bedroom, 24db Filtration System with ARC Formula, Remove 99.97% Odors Smoke Dust Mold Pollen, Core P350, Gray
  • Genuine Replacements: Search for "p350-rf" or "B087R7ZFPB" for levoit 3-in-1 customized pet filter with ARC Formula to ensure excellent performance
  • Perfect Gift for Pet Families: Ideal for pet allergies, improve your air quality and help you and your pets relieve allergic symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, sinuses and heavy breathing. Ozone-free, approved by CARB, ETL listed and CA PROP 65 certified
  • H13-Grade True HEPA Filter: Reduces up to 99.97% of harmful air pollutants, smoke, pollen, mold spores, dust mites and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns from the air. This new fine non-woven fabric pre-filter is more effective than other common pre-filters at capturing floating hair, pet fur, pet dander, dust, fibers, lint
  • Sleep Mode & Timer: The QuietKEAP Technology keeps noise levels as low as 24dB. Set a timer for 2, 4, 8, or 12 hours, then turn off the display light to enjoy a perfect and undisturbed night of sleep. The pet lock button prevents your pets from tampering with any of the other buttons or settings
  • What You Get: Along with the 3-in-1 customized pet filter and user manual, every Core P350 Air Purifier comes with a 1-year warranty and a lifetime of customer support from our California-based team. Extend your warranty by an additional year when you register your product online

2. Budget-Friendly – $75ish Hamilton Beach TrueAir
Hamilton Beach TrueAir Air Purifier for Home or Office with Permanent HEPA Filter for Allergies and Pets, Ultra Quiet, Black (04386A)
  • High Performance Hepa Grade Filter: Captures 99% of pet dander, dust, dust mites, pollen, and mold / mildew spores as small as 3 microns from the air.
  • Easy to clean: Allergen reducing air purifier has a permanent Hepa-grade filter that easily vacuums clean.
  • Compact, stylish design: Allergen reducing air purifier is perfect in the office or in rooms up to 160 square feet
  • Versatile air care that fits anywhere: Position the unit vertically or horizontally to best fit in your bedroom, den, nursery, hallway or living room at home or at the office.
  • Quiet and powerful: Use whisper clean for extra quiet operation at night, the medium setting or the quick clean setting for more powerful air cleaning.

3. Winix 5500-2 – For those with bigger rooms
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Winix 5500-2 Air Purifier with True HEPA, PlasmaWave and Odor Reducing Washable AOC Carbon Filter
  • True HEPA filter captures 99.97% of airborne pollutants; dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens as small as 0.3 microns
  • Washable AOC Carbon Filter, made from activated carbon granulars for removal of household odors. Decibels 27.8 dB
  • PlasmaWave acts as a permanent filter to safely break down odor, allergens, chemical vapors and other pollutants with no harmful ozone
  • Smart Sensors gauge the air and our Auto Mode adjusts the fan to filter the air as needed; with a sleep mode for silent night time operation
  • CADR rated for 360 square feet room size. Suitable for medium and large rooms; kids bedrooms, family rooms and kitchens

4. Coway Airmega 400 – If you need the very best or the largest space (whole apartment/small house)
Coway Airmega 400 Smart Air Purifier with 1,560 sq. ft. Coverage
  • Coway Airmega 400 rom air purifier is designed to accommodate large room sizes up to 1,560 square feet and cleans the air at least two times per hour when used as recommended.
  • Coway Airmega Max2 filter—combined activated carbon and True HEPA filter—captures and reduces up to 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces volatile organic compounds by more than 99% and reduces fumes such as NH3 and CH3CHO. Includes washable and permanent pre-filter to catch larger dust particles.
  • Coway Airmega’s pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality testing in real-time. The brightly colored LED ring lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is, every minute of the day.
  • Coway Airmega has five fan modes: Smart, Sleep, Low, Medium and High. Noise level is nearly silent at lower speeds. Max noise at highest setting is 43.2 dB.
  • Coway Airmega is a smart, energy efficient air purifier with a three-setting smart mode to adapt to its surroundings. Fan speed automatically adjusts based on the room’s air quality and lighting conditions to improve air quality.

Last update on 2020-10-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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