12/01/2011

ABCs of Improving IAQ in Schools

 

Reduce VOCs, control humidity levels, monitor carbon dioxide, and address mold to improve IAQ.

When it comes to excelling in the classroom, it turns out that the air students breathe is just as important as the lessons they learn. Studies show poor IAQ can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance, as well as induce health problems like fatigue, nausea, and asthma.

Roughly 55 million people, or 20% of Americans, spend their days inside classrooms. Lennox Commercial offers these strategies to improve IAQ and protect public health:

Attack chemical pollutants
Respiratory effects in schools have been associated with excessive use of chemical pollutants, such as formaldehyde, pesticides, and cleaning compounds. Instead, use high-efficiency filters, germicidal lights, and lower emission cleaning supplies. These products help control three classes of air contaminants: particles, bioaerosols, and chemical vapors.

Balance humidity levels
Minimize fluctuations in temperature and humidity by keeping relative humidity levels between 50-60%. A dehumidification system paired with high-efficiency filters is a good solution, particularly ones that remove moisture based on humidity levels instead of temperature.

Curtail carbon dioxide levels
A lack of fresh air can make students drowsy. Demand control ventilation systems, which help exchange and dilute contaminated indoor air with cleaner outdoor air, are an ideal choice. They use sensors to introduce fresh air into a building based on carbon dioxide levels, which also results in lower energy usage.

Do away with mold and dander
Asthma accounts for nearly 10 million missed school days per year. Decrease exposure to common asthma triggers, such as animal dander, cockroaches, mold, and dust mites. High-efficiency air filters and germicidal lights are ideal for lowering allergen levels. Basic maintenance of high-use areas will also address these irritants.

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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