Student Health and Performance Suffer from Poor Air QualityTim Self
“Learning doesn’t happen by osmosis.”
We all remember teachers who tried persuading us to study by saying something to this effect. While historical dates and science terms probably won’t get into our brains by unconscious absorption, there are some things that will: pathogens, allergens, and other impurities that linger in the air we breathe. In school settings, these contaminants have real effects on student health, performance, and learning. Read on to learn about these dangers, and how AirBox offers high-quality air purifiers for schools that can mitigate the threats of poor indoor air quality.
How Safe Is Your School?
School safety is a vitally important topic. Administrators, teachers, and parents often work together to create policies and procedures that ensure the highest degree of safety for our students from internal and external threats.
But have you considered the safety of the air your students breathe? Most people don’t think about it because they can’t see it (or at least they didn’t before the pandemic).
Indoor air is typically far more dangerous than outdoor air.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the indoor air we breathe contains two to five times more pollutants than outdoor air—things like allergens, odors, chemicals, dust, and dander as well as disease-spreading pathogens.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tiny airborne particles lingering in the air can contain bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that spread diseases like COVID-19.
If you are concerned about your school’s indoor air quality (IAQ), there are effective solutions available, like air purifiers for schools from AirBox, a leader in clean air solutions.
The Invisible Effects of Poor IAQ on Students
Poor indoor air quality can have deceptive and insidious effects on our health and the health of our students. The lingering symptoms we blame on allergies or “just a head cold” may be perpetuated and even exacerbated by poor IAQ.
The EPA lists coughing, eye irritation, headaches, and allergic reactions among the many problematic symptoms of poor IAQ. The American Lung Association points to asthma as one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. Pollutants in the air such as dust and mold can trigger asthmatic symptoms.
It’s hard for students to focus on learning when they’re battling headaches, fatigue, congestion, coughing, sneezing, dizziness, and skin or facial irritations.
On the other hand, students breathing clean, safe air will experience fewer performance-inhibiting symptoms. Safer air leads to fewer sick days, higher test scores, and increased cognitive brain function.
And let’s not forget about the well-being of teachers, staff, and visitors. You want your teachers and staff performing at their best for the sake of your students.
You want to protect the halls of learning for your students and staff because you believe the best education happens in person. You want to keep your doors open and give peace of mind to parents and visitors.
If you’re ready to be proactive about your school’s air quality, the team at AirBox can help you develop a Safe Air Plan, showing you exactly how to implement AirBox air purifiers for schools so that you gain clean, safe air throughout your facilities.
Request a Safe Air Plan.
Getting Clean Air: It’s Science
Speaking of facilities: How can you make sure everyone inside your facilities is breathing the cleanest, safest air possible?
Remember this EPA statistic about indoor air quality: indoor air contains two to five times more pollutants than outdoor air. Cleaning that indoor air requires air exchange.
One simple way to help this is by opening windows. But depending on your school setting, that may not be practical or even possible. And depending on the air quality outside, it may not be completely effective.
Thankfully, there is another solution that is more than 99.99% effective at cleaning the air in your school facilities: certified HEPA filter air purifiers for schools from AirBox.
A HEPA filter air purifier circulates the air in a space and forces it through a HEPA filter, trapping airborne particulates and contaminants and recirculating the cleaned air.
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and according to the EPA, filters that are certified HEPA must remove 99.97% of very tiny particulates (down to just 0.3 microns) from the air. (And AirBox clears this standard significantly.)
HEPA filters use a series of layered mesh fibers designed to trap particulates carried by the air that passes through them. These trapped particulates include bacteria, viruses, mold, chemicals, pet dander, pollen, and dust—all the stuff you don’t want students and staff breathing in at school.
Your School + AirBox Air Purifiers for Schools = Brilliant
School spaces face unique and complicated challenges: old buildings, limited HVAC access, windows that can’t open. But no matter what kind of space you’re dealing with, AirBox has effective, scientifically-proven solutions that are simple to implement anywhere and at any size or scale.
AirBox makes high-quality commercial-grade HEPA filter air purifiers that can match or exceed the needs of any indoor space. Our certified HEPA filters are more than 99.99% effective in removing particulates the size of 0.3 microns and even more effective in capturing smaller particles. That’s even better than the EPA requirements for HEPA certification!
Our HEPA filters were sourced by our founder and lead engineer Tim Self, a leader in cleanroom technology with more than 30 years of experience. Pair this best-in-class HEPA filter with our sturdy, American-made air purifiers for schools, and you get an easy-to-implement, scientifically sound solution for your school’s safe air needs.
AirBox air purifiers for schools are designed in tandem with our filters to maximize airflow while maintaining incredibly effective filtration—so you can breathe easier knowing that your school will have the cleanest air possible.
AirBox air purifier enclosures are attractive but simple. They’re designed to blend into your space, not draw attention to themselves. And we have large and small units to care for the airflow needs of any indoor space.
If you’re looking for an in-duct HEPA filter air purifier, we offer the AirBox Summit Series. Our other purifiers are ductless, freestanding units that you place in whichever room needs air purification—making AirBox perfect for school spaces where ductwork is impractical or impossible.
Let’s Meet After School
We promise, it’s not detention. We just don’t want to leave you to figure all this out on your own. Our team works with you to create a Safe Air Plan, making sure you have the right unit(s) for optimum air displacement in your school’s spaces.
Our air purifiers mitigate the risk of all airborne disease transmission, allowing kids to breathe in clean air to create the long-term healthy life they deserve.
Reach out to AirBox to learn more about the benefits of HEPA filter air purifiers for schools and to find out how our products can help your school.
Want a second opinion?
Click here to see what Johns Hopkins has to say about ionization in schools!