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Why Indoor Air Quality is Important to Schools

There are many factors that contribute to a safe and healthy learning environment for students. One of which that is extremely important yet often overlooked is the management of good indoor air quality. Poor air quality inside school buildings can directly affect students’ performance in their studies, as well as create an unhealthy environment for children.

Studies performed by the Environmental Protection Agency have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health. This is due to the fact that most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, especially students who spend most of the weekdays in a classroom setting. Good indoor air quality is crucial to creating a healthy learning environment for students and teaching environment for staff.

What Are The Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality?

Mismanagement of indoor quality can have physical short and long term consequences. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this can include:

  • Coughing;
  • Eye irritation;
  • Headaches;
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Aggravate asthma and/or other respiratory illnesses; and
  • In rare cases, contribute to life-threatening conditions such as Legionnaire’s disease or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Besides the physical effects of poor air quality, not managing your school’s indoor air quality can also have effects to the operations of your school. Attendance and performance of students and teachers can decrease, the school’s physical equipment can deteriorate faster due to not working efficiently, and there can be an increase potential for school closings due to illness outbreaks, which in turn creates negative publicity.

How Can Indoor Air Quality Be Managed Efficiently?

Investing in an indoor air quality monitoring device can help keep indoor air quality safe, while at the same time making sure your HVAC equipment is running as efficiently as possible. The developing bodies of children could be more susceptible to the effects of poor air quality than adults, which is why air quality in schools is of such high concern and measures should be taken to ensure the indoor air quality in schools are optimal.

The HALO Smart Sensor is an all-in-one security and health device that captures comprehensive health and safety awareness for schools. In addition to an intuitive health and air quality index, HALO also offers vape detection, THC detection, spoken key word alerting, gun shot detection, and more with its multiple sensors, making it a better investment than a battery-operated detector that only detects vape.

HALO also helps fight the spread of infectious disease in your building. As part of its AQI measurements, HALO monitors CO2 ,VOC, NO2, and particulate concentrations in the air. By monitoring various particulate sizes, HALO can track their levels and when unsafe levels are reached it will inform the occupants or send this information to the building automation systems for immediate filtering and circulation. Occupants of the building can open windows to bring in fresh air, or HALO can notify the BACnet interface equipped HVAC system to open its dampers to allow fresh air inside.

Utilizing multiple HALO Smart Sensors throughout your school allows you to connect to the HALO Cloud where you can manage these devices, receive real-time Health Index and Air Quality Index alerts and reports, as well as see alerts and historical data to document your buildings health status and trouble areas.

The HALO Smart Sensor will have students and staff breathing better air, create a safer school environment, and have everyone learning at their best. Contact us today to inquire about implementing HALO in your school.

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