Air Filter Recommendation tool

This tool helps recommend how many of a particular model of portable air cleaner at what fan speed will be required to meet current recommendations for total airflow for a given room size or occupancy to reduce the risk of transmission of respiratory viruses like SARS-CoV-2 in poorly ventilated indoor spaces.

This is a non-profit public service that receives no commission or in-kind benefits from any companies referenced

Choosing the right combination of devices depends on the amount of noise that would be comfortably tolerated in the room given the existing ambient noise level of the room and the available space in the room to fit single or multiple devices. For example, in quiet rooms where additional noise is less tolerable, multiple devices operating at quieter, low speeds may be preferable (if space available) to a single device running at a louder, high speed. Additionally, multiple devices spaced around a room will likely result in better distribution of filtration.

The database includes air cleaners using HEPA 13 filters, but if reliable data or estimates on the clean air delivery rate (CADR) for small particles (Smoke, 0.1-1 microns) is available for devices using filters below HEPA 13 efficiency, these have been included. Devices that have additional electronic cleaning features such as ionisation, plasma, and photocatalytic oxidisation have been excluded or their presence made apparent.

We cannot guarantee the accuracy of manufacturer claims on device features or performance, nor provide reliable estimates of annual filter costs which rely on characteristics on the filter and environment in which the filter is used. Improving indoor air quality with better ventilation and filtration helps reduce the risk of transmission, but cannot eliminate risk completely. The use of well-fitted masks, distancing, and limiting exposure time in poorly ventilated environments are an important component of risk reduction.

Dataset is available here. Github repository here. Australian data source Pieter Peach, initial US data source Marwa Zaatari, initial UK data source Stefan Stojanovic

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Please select a Country.
Please select Max Acceptable Noise.
Please select a scheduling requirement.
Please select a DIY filters.
Select L/person/second or 6 Air Changes per Hour (ACH)
Please enter your room volume as a single number (eg 200).
Please select m3 or cubic feet.
Please enter the rated occupant capacity for the space.