Whats New in Facility Maintenance: Reducing pollens via ‘filtration’ increases student/staff performance and reduces illness

Whats New in Facility Maintenance? For one thing, a recent study indicates just how important filtration is in handling all those air pollens in a school building.

The impact that unfiltered air pollens in a school is staggering when you read the report by the Environmental Protection Agency, “Student Health and Academic Performance,” Such systems, the study points out, can impact a school’s absenteeism rate as well as cause a link to “illness” from the building’s unfiltered HVAC system.

The biggest concern, according to the study, is the quality of air inside the school; in fact, the study that was conducted by the EPA revealed many instances of mold that can impact conditions such as asthma and allergies. At issue, is the ongoing need for updated the school’s HVAC system with the appropriate filters.

“…(It’s acknowledged) that maintenance issues can trigger a host of health problems—including asthma and allergies—that increase absenteeism and reduce academic performance.”

What’s important in such settings is understanding the potential for adverse effects in the air as it relates to the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), an index that is explained on the EPA site: Yes, poor air quality can, indeed, lead to poor school performance.

But it’s not just better study performance that is at stake: Teachers and staff’s productivity can see significant improvement in “productivity and retention.”

One of the areas of concern in providing a healthy air quality in schools has to do with a building’s ventilation rate: For the most part, the EPA is finding a lot of schools with a rate that is below a minimum standard, thus pointing to the need to integrate the outdoor air ventilation properly with a building’s HVAC system.

Studies further validated the claim by the EPA that better air flows and filtration of pollens do lead to better school-work performance; furthermore, such findings are directly correlated to increases in ventilation rates.

Facility managers, and  supervisors, visit our website to find well-trained HVAC personnel who understand the importance of EPA studies like this one.

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