Colorado Schools Can Receive HEPA Air Cleaners at No Cost

K-12 schools and licensed Early Childhood Education providers need to apply before the end of March
The American Lung Association urges K-12 Colorado schools to take advantage of a new program that provides schools with HEPA portable air cleaners and replacement filters at no cost.

It’s part of an effort to improve the indoor air quality for children so that they can learn better in healthier academic environments.

“Filtering indoor air can help prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, flu, and RSV, as well as reduce pollutants that can contribute to asthma and allergies,” said Jill Heins, Lung Association National Senior Director of Indoor Air Quality and Asthma.  

The effort is called the Clean Air for Schools program and is led by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). There are limited quantities and schools are urged to apply now to ensure they receive the HEPA portable air cleaners. 

“Clean air in schools has multiple benefits for students and staff. Clean, healthy air improves cognition, as well as reduces absenteeism and the need for substitute teachers,” said Pat Sandos, Superintendent of Sheridan School District 2. “That’s why we just applied for the HEPA portable air cleaners in my district and we commend the Lung Association and CDPHE for the Clean Air for Schools program.”

Schools can complete the application form here:

The units are being supplied by Colorado-based Carrier West and include three HEPA filters. Each filter lasts a year with normal use, so classrooms will have HEPA-filtered air through the end of the 2025-2026 school year.

School representatives can complete the application form or schools can reach out to Carrier West directly at [email protected]  or (720) 203-1705. Visit for more information and to fill out a general inquiry form.
For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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