Classroom Air Quality: Improve Back to School with Alen
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time. However, for students with asthma and allergies, back to school can mean facing potential health hazards at school and in the classroom. For sensitive children, common materials like chalk dust, cleaning supplies and pet dander from classroom pets can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.
Breathing polluted indoor air may also reduce academic performance and increase absenteeism in both students and teachers. A 2007 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 12.8 million school days were missed by students in the US as the result of allergies and asthma. According to the EPA, young children are especially vulnerable to breathing airborne pollutants and particles, as their bodies are still developing. With one-half of the nation's schools linked to problems with poor indoor air quality, it is important to improve a school's indoor air quality to provide a nurturing environment for education to flourish.
Here are our recommendations for good indoor air quality in the classroom:
- Source control Remove as many sources of indoor air pollution as possible. If there are buses idling outside the window make sure the windows are closed. If there is glue, paint, markers or other substances that produce gases, ensure that these are closed when not in use. Also, educate your children and students to understand their triggers. Remind them to avoid the chalkboard and not to hold the classroom pet. Additionally, if you have young children, be sure to inform your child's school nurse and teacher of any potential allergy triggers.
- Ventilation If possible, ensure the HVAC system in your school is properly circulating in fresh air and at a comfortable temperature and humidity level. Humidity levels should be between 35% and 50%. If they get above 65% then mold can grow based upon the moisture that is in the air.
- Filtration Alen Air Purifiers utilize HEPA style filtration, which is recommended as the best technology to remove airborne particles like dust, mold or pollen which may trigger allergies and asthma. Placing Alen Air Purifiers in your classroom and school may help to improve your indoor air quality, as well as reduce asthma and allergy symptoms.