Air quality in schools affects health and academic performance
Creating and maintaining healthful air quality in schools presents a unique challenge. A complex mix of indoor and outdoor air pollutants like bacteria, allergens, asthma triggers, and viruses like SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can compromise the learning environment and cause concern about the health and comfort of students and staff. IQAir has extensive experience in providing schools with effective air cleaning solutions to address a wide variety of air pollution issues.
Air quality in schools
Children are particularly vulnerable to toxic air contaminants. Their breathing rates are higher in relation to their body weight, and their lung development is directly affected by air pollution. Exposure to polluted air during these developing years leads to decreased respiratory function later in life. Increasing reports of asthma, which is one of the leading causes of absenteeism among school age children, have been directly linked to elevated air pollution exposure. Research also suggests that poor indoor air quality may directly reduce a person's ability to perform specific mental tasks requiring concentration, calculation, or memory.
Air quality technology matters
The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value system (MERV) rates air filtration efficiency, and MERV 13 is the minimum efficiency to help mitigate infectious aerosol transmission. While many institutions are upgrading to MERV 13, IQAir offers superior air quality technology that is second to none. NanoMax filters with better than MERV 16 filtration efficiency offer high-efficiency filtration against the smallest and most dangerous particles, in addition to:
much higher efficiency against all particle sizes
low pressure drops despite high efficiency
greater energy efficiency
reduced filter replacement intervals