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Indoor Air Quality and Health in Schools

Indoor air quality in schools is a critical issue. It is easy to assume that because children are young and healthy, they are not as susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Research shows poor indoor air quality may significantly impact health, comfort, and academic performance.

The quality of indoor air in schools can be affected by numerous factors, including building materials, ventilation, and outdoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality can lead to many health problems, including headaches, fatigue, allergies, asthma, and respiratory infections. These health problems can impact the ability to learn, concentrate, and perform academically.

One of the most significant sources of indoor air pollution in schools is inadequate ventilation. In many schools, the ventilation systems are old, poorly maintained, or not powerful enough to provide adequate airflow.

To address these issues, schools must prioritize improving indoor air quality. One effective strategy is to implement a comprehensive indoor air quality management plan. This plan should include regular maintenance of ventilation systems, monitoring of indoor air quality, and prompt response to any issues that arise.

Improving indoor air quality in schools is not just imperative for the health and well-being of students and teachers. It’s also critical for academic performance. Research shows poor IAQ can also cause reduced cognitive function, lower test scores, and absenteeism. By improving indoor air quality in classrooms, schools can create a healthier, more productive learning environment for everyone.

Smart Sensors reduce indoor virus-related risks and take CO2 concentrations to a pre-determined level based on indoor environment benchmarks. Air safety levels can be monitored when a classroom is occupied or empty.

The latest figures show that indoor air pollution is 3.5 times higher on average inside a building with the World Health Organization citing the issue as “The world’s largest single environmental health risk”.

Adequate and appropriate ventilation is key to improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and reducing exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This contributes towards a healthy classroom environment, protects the health of building occupants, and ensures productivity.

U.S. schools are using federal relief funds to improve indoor air quality. It’s important to know what the research says about how air quality can affect student health and achievement. ABB Building Solutions can provide more information.