Air Cleaners for the Home and Why They are Needed

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Air cleaners for the home are a must for many people. If you have severe allergies, multiple pets, or asthma, having a reliable air cleaner can make life a lot easier.

We received a Honeywell AirGenius for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

A Honeywell air cleaner showing the buttons on the top.

Air is one of those things I never think about much unless there is a problem.

If I smell something or catch a sunbeam highlighting all of the particles I normally cannot see, that’s the only time I freak myself out over our air quality.

However, since we have more than one dog, it’s a no-brainer that our house should have an air cleaner.

Honeywell home air cleaner unit.

With age, my allergies seem to get worse.

Even during these few warmer days in February, I noticed that familiar feeling of allergy issues.

In any case, an air cleaner is beneficial for anyone and everyone.

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Here are some reasons why air cleaners for the home are a must:

Honeywell air cleaner with the front panel open.

Allergies:

If you have wicked allergies, air cleaners for the home are an absolute must.

The Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 Air Cleaner & Odor Reducer captures up to 99.9% of microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns such as pollen, dust, smoke, and pet dander from the air that passes through the filters.

There’s even an allergen intelligence setting that optimizes allergen capturing performance.

Honestly, if you think about it too much, why would anyone want all that hanging around even if they don’t suffer from allergies? 

Pet Odor:

If you have pets, you know it’s a challenge to keep up with their smells.

In addition to keeping everything they touch clean, filtering their “particles” out of the air is quite necessary.

Smoke:

Obviously, if anyone smokes in your house, you’d want to clean the air.

But, also consider smoke from candles, a fireplace, or burning other scented air fresheners that might give off smoke.

Honeywell air cleaner and a filter in the package.

Freshness: 

No matter how often you clean your house, you pretty much need a machine to clean the air.

The AirGenius is also an odor reducer that includes two pre-filters to choose from: permanent washable or replaceable odor and VOC reduction filter model HRF-K.

The machine freshens the air by absorbing odors. 

Circulation:

How often do you open your windows?

Depending on the weather, your allergies, and where you live, it might not be often at all.

I have seasonal allergies and prefer to keep as many offenders outside as possible.

Also, we live right next to a busy expressway, so it’s very noisy when the windows are open.

The Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 Air Cleaner & Odor Reducer circulates room air five times every hour based on AHAM Verifide smoke CADR rating in recommended room size.

The oscillating feature gets air flowing where you need it, and the unit is impressively quiet.

A Honeywell Air Cleaner sitting on tile.

There are several things I love about this unit in addition to the above features.

For one, it’s not intimidating at all. Simply remove it from the box and plug-in. If you choose to use the included pre-filter, that’s easy to switch out, but also optional.

The design is sleek and attractive. Set it in any room, and it will not be an eyesore.

There are four air cleaning levels clearly marked to meet your needs.

Leave it on with no worries with the two, four, and eight-hour auto-off timer option.

If you run it while you’re sleeping, there’s a dimmer option to control the panel lights.

Closeup picture of a Honeywell home air cleaner.

This machine is recommended for medium rooms – about 150 square feet (15′ x 10′) room.

It’s ENERGY STAR qualified and has a 5-year limited warranty.

As you can see, air cleaners for the home have all sorts of benefits.

Buy a Honeywell Compact AirGenius just in time for allergy season!

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146 Comments

  1. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I would love to win this for my home I have a low immune system due to medication for autoimmune disease and I have to keep my home germ and dust free. It;s hard to do this would also keep the air clean and would help me out for sure.

  2. We are going to move to my mom’s soon. It has been closed up for a year now and I can imagine the air is quite stale.

  3. Melissa Storms says:

    My son and I both have allergies and though I love to be outside it is nice to be able to breathe without sneezing, coughing and having my eyes water inside my home. We need a different air cleaner than what we are now using.

  4. Debbie Welchert says:

    We all have some kind of lung issues here from my COPD and my daughter and grandchildren asthma and allergies. Also my husband is a smoker and he does close doors when he wants to have a cigarette but we can still smell the smoke and it seems like it fills up our lungs. One of these would be so wonderful to have to help clean the air in our house and make our lungs feel better.

  5. Matthew Brazee says:

    My allergies have been severe ever since I’ve been a child it would nice to feel some relief. Thank you for the opportunity

  6. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I have three reasons to really need this. The first two are Lieutenant Doof and Miss Kitty. It is only March and they are already shedding . I just combed enough hair from them to make a whole new cat. The third reason is mold spores—All Year Round. I hope I never have real pneumonia, because I will probably just think it is allergies.

  7. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to win because here in the south we get such bad pollen and we all have allergies but my youngest son has asthma and I know this would help him out so much to be able to breath easier!

  8. Dawn Bradley says:

    I would love to win this because we live next door to a factory which leaves our apartment full of dust. My husband has had allergy problems since we moved here. We also have bad ventilation so every day when I cook the odors spread throughout the whole apartment.

  9. Amy Orvin says:

    I would love to win because I have a house full of beloved fur babies and my mom has allergies. I think this product could really help.

  10. I would love to win this. I would use it in our family room.

  11. Anita Duvall says:

    We have 3 cats and 2 dogs indoors. Also we live on a gravel road and the dust is horrible.

  12. Kim Pincombe-Cole says:

    In a family full of allergies, it’s hard to keep our household air quality comfortable. It means not opening windows to let in pollen, keeping rugs & carpeting to a minimum, and constantly changing our hvac air filter. An additional air cleaner would help!!

  13. Lee Mckeon says:

    I would love to win because I live in dusty Arizona and we have lots of cottonwood tree that cause my family to really suffer with allergies!

  14. I would love to have this for our front room, where our dog’s bed is . With all of us having allergies, this room needs an air purifier!

  15. My whole family suffers from dust allergies and it’s especially bad in winter/summer when the windows are closed and the air recirculates. This looks like it might help a lot.

  16. Julie Bickham says:

    Would love to win this to clean the air in this apartment! I bet it could really improve our air quality.

  17. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I need to clean the air in my house — I have three dogs and it can get pretty smelly here.

  18. Mahdi Martin says:

    I am always trying to keep our air fresh. One of my cats has a marking issue. Thankfully, he goes on piddle pads that we keep changed regularly. It’s still in the air though, and I don’t like breathing it in or smelling it.

  19. Sandy Weinstein says:

    i would love this air cleaner and odor reducer because i live in the country, off a dirt road and have 3 dogs. lots of dirt and dust gets tracked into my house.

  20. Barbara Montag says:

    Some of us have allergies so I would really like to win this prize.
    We would put it in the bedroom for better sleeping.
    thank youi

  21. I think the unit is very sleek looking. Looks easy to clean and would be a great benefit to any home!!

  22. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I’d like to win because dd has allergies and I think this would help them when she is inside. Plus we can’t really open windows and have the air circulate with the way our house is built so this would help clean out the air too.

  23. I’d like to win this prize for cleaner air. I have breathing problems.

  24. Cynthia C says:

    I would like cleaner air in my home to reduce allergy symptoms.

  25. Christina Sparks says:

    I would like this because we have tow dogs, my husband has allergies and we live in a dusty, windy area.

  26. My son has allergies and this would be perfect for his room

  27. Stephanie Kennedy says:

    I have allergies and we have a little purifier in the room that I think just isn’t strong enough for the size of the room. We still have hope and use it and it acts like a great white noise machine for my allergy induced snoring!

  28. Crystal Warren says:

    We recently had a cat adopt us ( it was adamant about stealing our hearts) however my husband is allergic to cats. We’ve been using some great allergy reducers from Amazon that you spray and also wipe on the cat but an actual air cleaner would be awesome.

  29. Mary Alice Gibbons says:

    I would love to win this for my home. I have 2 cats and a small dog; they generate a Lot of hair and dander! It would be wonderful to have an air purifier to eliminate this.

  30. I would love to win this because now that I am older I have been proned to many allergies, I also have custody of my 3 year old grandson who has allergies so this would help us both, thanks

  31. Sharon Rooney says:

    I would love to win this prize because we have allergies and pets. This would sure help to clean the pet hair and dander out of the air.

  32. Steve Weber says:

    I want to win this because our house gets very dry in the winter.. this would definitely help with that!

  33. Michelle Bartley says:

    I want to win this because my Granddaughter has asthma and it would help her health.

  34. Cynthia G. says:

    We have a dog, and the odor and dog hair, no matter how much vacuuming I do, I still feel our house could smell better. Also, being winter, I can’t open up windows just to air out the home, as I’d been heating the outdoors. This machine would really make our lives better .

  35. Sarah Phillips says:

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  36. We travel for work and I honestly can not remember a return that didn’t include the need for dusting.

  37. Sarah Phillips says:

    I would like to win this because my husband and I live in a tiny apartment with our cat and he smokes…so the air in here can get pretty polluted fast! I think one of these air cleaners is just what we need!

  38. Darla Peduzzi says:

    I really could use this because our little 4 year old grandson lives with us and has asthma. This would really help him out. We also have seasonal allergies.

  39. kathy mcclanahan says:

    I have cats and dogs and would love to have this in my home. My cats must remain indoors as they were orphaned and had to be bottle fed, consequently their little immune systems aren’t very good. Would hope this would help with allergies/sneezing that seem to affect them year round. Living in the country on dirt roads the pollen kicks up and would love to have that out of my house as well!

  40. I’d love to install this in the bedroom, maybe clean some of the cat dander out of the air!

  41. Mary Becker says:

    I could use this air cleaner because we heat with a wood stove 3/4 of the year and besides some odor from it, the house gets awfully dirty. In the summertime when the wood stove is quiet, we get lots of pollen from the trees surrounding the house which always stimulates the allergies!

  42. I’d like to win this as a gift for my grandma! She’d love this.

  43. I like that it has a Permanent primary filter so you’re not constantly buying filters.

  44. Patricia Hoffmeister says:

    I never used to have allergies, but now I have them constantly. This would help eliminated these allergies.

  45. elizabeth miller says:

    I have an 11 year old with bad allergies. In addition, my father in law had to move in with us after his stroke. He has emphysema, cpod, and chronic bronchitis and is very suseptable to lung problems. This would be agreat hlep for both of them.

  46. Kelli Bryson says:

    I would love to win this for our home. I have a low immune system and my husband and I both have allergies. This would be a blessing! Thanks for the chance!

  47. I would really like this product because it Freshens the air by absorbing odors. Having dogs and a cat it would be great to have this so it could abosrb orders and circulate the air,i get allergies so this would be amazing.

  48. Jill Hanson says:

    I would love to win, I have a multiple dog and bird home and we use a wood stove, so it would be great!

  49. I have a lot of allergies and have to run an air purifier every fall to clear the air in our house. I love the sleek lines of this air cleaner, plus the color is very attractive. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. I would love to win this to use in our home! My daughter and I have allergies and this would help clean the air out for sure! It sounds like an awesome item!

  51. Geena O'Banion says:

    In the past I have had respiratory problems and I think I need this product…….since I am living in a very active area that reduces air quality

  52. Geena O'Banion says:

    I am living in a very active area that reduces air quality

  53. Laura Mccartney says:

    Since we have moved back to Florida I have noticed that our allergies have been more noticeable, It seems like we have pollen season all year long .

  54. Bryan Vice says:

    I would LOVE to win this both my kids have very bad allergies and i have to see them suffer.. this would definitely help !!

  55. Greg Haller says:

    Allergies, and the season is just about here. Pets. We have many. Dust, because it exists, if only to plague me.

  56. I would love to win this to keep the air safe & clean for my family.

  57. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I would love to win because I suffer from bad allergies.

  58. Jennifer DeFino says:

    I have horrible allergies and it’s really difficult for me to thoroughly clean the house every single day! I would love to win this and have it get 99.9% of those pesky allergens out of the air for me!

  59. Sonya Morris says:

    I would love to have this because we have a cat and I am hoping one would help with my allergies!

  60. Alison King says:

    I’d like to win so I can breath easier 🙂 It would be great since I have an indoor dog.

  61. denise low says:

    I want this because we just moved into our house and it has been empty for about 2 months. So the air has a smell to it.

  62. Susan Gates says:

    I’d love to win this for my granddaughter. She has allergies, and I know this would help.

  63. mysweetiepiepie says:

    I’d like to win this because I spend all day in my home office and our old, old house seems to produce more dust than is logically possible. :+)

  64. One big reason I’d love to win this great Honeywell air cleaner is that I have respiratory issues, and this unit has some features that I think might help me breathe better. And we have dogs, so it would be great to be able to minimize the smells and allergens they produce.

  65. Geena O'Banion says:

    good air is so relevant to good health. Breathing in dust and pollen disrupts the system. Bring on the fresh air.

  66. Regina Elliott says:

    These are good to have if you have pets or someone who smokes that won’t go outside !

  67. Dana MATTHEWS says:

    I like that it has four air cleaning levels. It’s not bulky and ugly and could fit into any room.

  68. kayla sheehan says:

    Id love to win it because my son and I have, have awful allergies. We are constantly sneezing and dealing with runny noses. I would love to see if this would help.

  69. Brandon Morris says:

    I’d like to win this for my nursery, I’m sure it would help the little man breathe easier at night!

  70. Oh I would love to win for our family. Our little one has allergies and this would be a huge help for him and great piece of mind for clean air!

  71. ellen beck says:

    I would love to win this- we have 5 cats a dog and also socialize feral kittens at times. Thats a whole lot of hair! We arent allergic (of course) but even not being allergic there are so many times where it is overwhelming during shedding times. My husband is more susceptible than I am and I would put it near his chair,

  72. joni taylor says:

    I have terrible allergies. This would be an awesome prize to win.

  73. Derrick Johnson says:

    I could use this because the air in our house can get really stale and we live not that far from a chemical plant too.

  74. Nidhi Chauhan says:

    My son and hubby has allergies. This is perfect for my family. Thanks for the awesome review and give us chance to win.

  75. Geena O'Banion says:

    I love your products and I know I really need this one….I live in a high traffic (cars) area.
    Would love to win…….

  76. humera tabassum says:

    I need this because Summer has arrived on CA and its hot in the day time and kids have a room to play and this can help them cool

  77. molli taylor says:

    my daughter heas been getting a night cough and i would love this for our room!

  78. shannon fowler says:

    Ever since we moved to orlando I have had difficulty with breathing even indoors. My allergies are out of control. This sounds like it might really help me be more comfortable here.

  79. Barbara K says:

    I would like to win because I have very bad allergy’s. This would certainly help me. Especially with my breathing.

  80. Amy Tolley says:

    my whole family suffers from allergies and my oldest son has asthma and i have COPD……so this would an amazing machine…

  81. Marths DeMeo says:

    This would be perfect in our home. My hubby has allergies and I hate to see him suffer. I’d love to win this for him.

  82. Priscilla Pursell says:

    Captures up to 99.9% of microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns such as pollen, dust, smoke and pet dander

  83. Pam Halligan says:

    I would like to win because members of my family suffer from allergies.

  84. I’d like to win because I care about air quality in my house and at the office.

  85. I would love to win this because I feel that it would help me feel a lot more confident about the air quality in my home! My kids and I all suffer from allergies, so I think this would be very helpful in combating the symptoms that goes along with the allergies! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  86. Angelica Dimeo says:

    I would love this because it would help get the germs out of my apartment and make my kids more healthy

  87. Heather Abbe says:

    I have a family full of allergic people, three cats and a dog, I would love to win this for that reason! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  88. Robin Abrams says:

    I would love to win this because my whole family suffers from allergies and I think this would help us alot

  89. sharon daniels says:

    My family has really bad allergies so it is a necessity for us to use air filtration systems to keep us from sneezing all the time. I have used Honeywell products before and I know that they are a great quality product and made in the USA so I would love to win this.

  90. Our three year old daughter and I are major allergy sufferers. We’ve been looking for a great air cleaner for our living room- and this one looks like it’s perfect! Our doctor recommended one saying it should help. Fingers crossed!

  91. I’d love to win because the hubby and I have severe allergies and I know that this would make our allergy filled lives a little more bearable. 🙂

  92. merry partridge says:

    I need a air cleaner because have birds in the house, they molt feathers and have bird dander that leaves white power in the room !

  93. crystal martinez says:

    I would like to use this so I can have a sense of good air quality in my home and feel better! This would be great to have in any home.

  94. I’d like to win because we have long-haired cats and it would help our air quality.

  95. Yvonne Delgado says:

    I think i would sleep better, breath better with this in our bedroom. I have lots of allergies and asthma, so this is worth a shot at helping ease them.

  96. Jessica Staley says:

    I have allergies and this would tremendously help clean the air. I have a dog to.

  97. Kendall W. says:

    My husband and I are both quitting smoking and I would love to be able to put super fresh, clean air into our lungs as we quit!

  98. I would love to win this cause my brothers and 1 niece suffers from pet allergies. this would help a great deal when they come over to visit, i have a dog.

  99. Susan White says:

    I have three cats and my niece is allergic to them.

  100. Laurie Nykaza says:

    My son has a heart transplant and I dont have an immune system because of cat scratch fever that I have am being treated for it takes a year of medication to get over it. I have 4 cats so this would be great to keep our air clean.

  101. Katt Lewis says:

    I’d like to win because 1. I have dogs; 2. I live in a small space. 3. I live on a dirt road. It would really help keep the house cleaner.

  102. Shanna Brooks says:

    I would like to win to help my son. He has an allergy to dust mites and therefore dust. With asthma and allergies, this would be a wonderful asset to our health and home.

  103. Tim Hughes says:

    I have a lowered immune system due to having Celiac Disease so any help with allergens is always good. My seasonal allergies are off the charts and having filters are key to my health.

  104. Kathy Lane says:

    I would like to win this to see if it would help with my family’s allergies and my husband worked in the coal mines for many years and has black lung plus allergies too and sometimes it hard for him to breathe.

  105. I’d like to win for my husband who has breathing problems . This sounds like it would be really good for him.

  106. sherry fowler says:

    I have a son and a grandson that both have asthma so we desperately need to keep the air purified

  107. Teresa A Thompson says:

    I have breathing issues and think this would help.

  108. Kisa Johnson says:

    We have a lot of cats and the odors sometimes are hard to combat. I feel like this would be extremely helpful in keeping the home fresh despite our fur babies!

  109. Tiffany Dayton says:

    We all have allergies and pets. We really need one of these

  110. Allyson Becker says:

    I would be thrilled to win this air cleaner. I think it would be very helpful with my allergies.

  111. Geena O'Banion says:

    I am sometimes gasping for air in my area…..there’s alot of dust in the air. Would like to win this product. Thank you for the giveaway

  112. LynneMarie says:

    I have allergies that at times cause me to have asthma attacks. I would like to win this because I believe it could cut down on the # of attacks, maybe even prevent them entirely.

  113. I’d like to win this for my daughter to use in her bedroom. She suffers from allergies so I feel like this would help her a lot.

  114. Lissa Crane says:

    I would love to win this to improve the air quality in my tiny home! I have two kitty’s and a dog and I know the animal smells must not be good to breathe in all the time! This would be perfect for us!

  115. sheila ressel says:

    I would like to win because I live in a house with 5 cats and a smoker. This makes for lots of nasty odors!

  116. Jayedee Dewitt says:

    My husband had end stage COOD and every day with him is a blessing. I’d love to win this for him so we could improve the quality of the air he breathes. Thank you for hosting!

  117. Sarah Mayer says:

    I need this because our house gets so dry in the winter and we wake up with nosebleeds!

  118. Sonya Allstun says:

    Me and hubby have such bad allergies and live in the boonies so there is LOTS of pollen in the air especially in the up and coming spring time. Love that this captures up to 99.9% of microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns such as pollen, dust, smoke and pet dander.

  119. Karen Hoover says:

    I have asthma and environmental allergies; I need this! I am also disabled/retired, air cleaners are not covered on my health insurance. Thanks for the chance to win!

  120. Leah Shumack says:

    My house is always so dry in the winter…this year has been especially bad because it even affected me!

  121. we have allergies and pets living in the house so this would be very nice to have!

  122. courtney hennagir says:

    I would love to win this baby because allergy season is quickly approaching and my son has the worst allergies.I am hoping to find something like this to help alleviate his symptoms. Good luck everyone!

  123. Tiffany Dayton says:

    I really need one of these. We all have allergies and pets.

  124. Julie Waldron says:

    I’d like to win this because we have allergies and a cat.

  125. Ruy Morris says:

    I’d like to win a Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 Air Cleaner for general health and because I have allergies.

  126. I would love to win this because we could really use the purifying effects on the air in our house! We have two cats + allergies here.

  127. I would like to win this to help with our homes air quality. We have four pets, so we need all the help that we can get! lol!

  128. Amy Deeter says:

    I am a family of five , and each and everyone of us suffer from severe allergies

  129. Kelly Dickerson says:

    I already use an air purifier in my bedroom but I would love to have one for my downstairs

  130. Michelle Ward says:

    My home is so dusty and when my two little dogs scratch I can see the pet dander floating into the air. An air purifier could make a huge difference in our home.

  131. Richard Hicks says:

    I want to win this to help keep the pollen and dander down in our house!

  132. Christy Haugen says:

    I would love this for my husband. He has allergies and this would definitely help.

  133. I use diffusers to make my house smell nice, but I’d like this to clean the air.
    Thanks for the contest.

  134. Vikki Billings says:

    I would love to win this because We have a lot of allergies and with pets and smoke, its nice to win this to clear the air

  135. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    I would like to win this because I have COPD and I think this would be a great help. We live in the South also, where pollen is our enemy. Thanks!

  136. Anita Jude says:

    i would love to win this because it would make me breath easier

  137. I would love to win this air cleaner. I have major sinus issues that are aggravated by allergies, so this could be very helpful in alleviating some of my congestion. Thank you for the giveaway.

  138. Mya Murphy says:

    I have severe asthma, and I believe it would be a godsend for me.

  139. Eileen Boyce says:

    I have ABPA and Asthma and allergic to everything. I was in the hospitAl and Acuity ofr 37 days in Dec. and Jan. I sure could use this.

  140. Renee Rousseau says:

    I find most air fresheners overwhelming and I think a purifier is the right way to clean the air in one’s environment.

  141. Shelley P says:

    I would love to win this for our family. We have a multi-pet home and a few of us suffer with allergies. It would be great to have an air cleaner like this to help with better air quality.

  142. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I would love to win the Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 because my family suffers from horrible allergies and I think the Honeywell Compact AirGenius 4 would really help. I also think it would be extremely useful during Flu and Cold season too.

  143. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would like to win as I have allergies all year long that makes it so hard to sleep

  144. Tammy Catterton says:

    My hubby has allergies I believe this would help him

  145. Everyone in my family has allergies and we have 3 cats & 2 dogs so having cleaner air would be awesome!

  146. Laurel Santos says:

    Totally agree to this. Air cleaners could help us in man ways we aren’t even aware. Been using air cleaners for quite some time and I am very satisfied.

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