Improve indoor air quality = keep students and staff in school
By the time a student graduates from high school, they will have spent approximately 15,600 hours in a school building. We know that the built environment has a direct impact on a student’s ability to learn and perform, demonstrating the need to improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in schools. IEQ encompasses acoustics, air quality, light, aesthetics, temperature and more. Let’s take a closer look at improving indoor air quality (IAQ).
According to the Lancet COVID-19 Commission, we know that schools are chronically underventilated and improving IAQ is critical to student health and well-being.
A recent NY Times article published by Dr. Joseph Allen, a public health scientist, highlights ways to keep kids in school this fall and beyond.
“Ventilation and filtration must remain priorities. These measures work in the background and do not require behavioral changes, and they provide multiple benefits beyond preventing the spread of Covid.. We should view this as a once-in-a-generation event opportunity to address decades of neglect of school infrastructure.
The recent Clean Air in Buildings Challenge presented by the White House and the EPA also prioritized ways to improve IAQ. Air filtration with recommended MERV 13 filters or air disinfection with UV-C air cleaning technology will purify the air. The Armstrong Ceiling 24/7 Defend line of air purification products offers both of these purification options.
When considering improving school facilities and improving air quality, you can start by looking up. The ceiling is an ideal place to retrofit or install air purification technology. When air purification technology is installed in the ceiling, it eliminates tripping hazards and wasted floor space from portable air purification units. Discreet ceiling air-purifying technology also draws air up and away from kids sitting at their desks, then recirculates the clean air back into the room.
Improving indoor air quality by purifying the air will not only remove viruses from the air, but will also contribute to healthier spaces by minimizing allergy and asthma triggers. Now is the time to focus on improving school facilities and creating healthy buildings with better indoor air quality for students and staff.