The following publications provide information on portable air cleaners and on HVAC and furnace filters commonly used in homes.You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.
Guide to Air Cleaners in the Home, 2nd edition (printable) (PDF)(7 pp, 3 MB,
The short consumer guide covers portable air cleaners and furnace or HVAC filters used in a home. It includes tips for selecting a portable air cleaner, furnace filter, or HVAC filter.
Residential Air Cleaners: A Technical Summary, 3rd edition (printable) (PDF)(74 pp, 7 MB,
The longer technical summary provides general information about the types of pollutants affected by air cleaners; the types of air-cleaning devices and technologies available; metrics that can be used to compare air-cleaning devices; the effectiveness of air-cleaning devices in removing indoor air pollutants; and information from intervention studies on the effects that air cleaners can have on health and on health markers.