In schools, the indoor air environment can be highly complex, with students and teachers being exposed to a wide variety of contaminants. Indoor air quality issues generally arise from two major sources – classroom activities, and the building itself.

According to a US federal government report, an estimated 50% of the nation’s schools have problems linked to poor indoor air quality. This is sometimes known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The concentration of contaminants in these buildings, which in some cases have accumulated for years, can severely affect the health of students and faculty.

Even if the school appears to be relatively clean, its occupants can still be exposed to numerous indoor air pollutants from the following:

At low levels, indoor air pollutants can lead to reduced attention span and lack of concentration among students. More seriously, they can contribute to short and long-term health problems, including headaches, nasal congestion, eye, nose, throat and skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, respiratory tract infection and disease, allergic reactions and asthma.

Today, nearly 11% of school aged children suffer from asthma, and this fact alone should make indoor air quality one of the top priorities of any school. In the US, it is estimated that over 14 million school days are lost every year as a direct result of asthma and asthmatic complications.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is not only important for good health, but for economic and legal reasons. In the US, poor indoor air quality has resulted in liability issues and contributed to the closure of numerous schools. Poor indoor air quality has also been shown to accelerate building deterioration. A recent study of an elementary school revealed that over $1.5 million in repairs could have been avoided by simply spending $8,000 on preventive maintenance over a 22 year period.

In addition to building inspection, maintenance and upgrading, one of the most important things a school can do is to look at individual classrooms that might be contributing to poor indoor air quality, for example:

Whether you are trying to deal with complex air quality issues like airborne contaminants and chemical fumes, or simply trying to create a cleaner and healthier environment, operating air purifiers in critical locations throughout the school and in your portables may be as important to learning as a good curriculum and great teachers.

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers offers expert advice, outstanding products, great prices and unparalleled customer service. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the products we sell so that you can buy with confidence. Contact us today!

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