Keep Your Employees and Students Safe and Healthy
Approximately 53 million children and 6 million adults in the U.S. spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private buildings. Many of these buildings contain indoor air pollutants that pose increased risks to the health of children and staff. Poor indoor air quality can greatly affect concentration, attendance, and overall performance.
Understanding and controlling some of most common indoor air pollutants found in schools, and commercial buildings can help improve your indoor air quality and reduce the risk of health concerns.
Indoor Air Pollutants
Mold & Bacteria
The presence of moisture within school and office building structures stimulates the growth of mold. Molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation.
Inhaling or touching mold can cause fever-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes. Mold can also trigger asthma attacks.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless odorless gas. CO is most commonly created in improperly vented furnaces, worn or poorly maintained combustion devices, and by exhaust fumes that have been drawn back into the the building.
Exposure to CO may result in a variety of flu- like symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches, disorientation and nausea.
Classroom & Office Supplies
Volatile organic compounds (VOCS) are chemicals found in common classroom and office supplies such as glues, paints, and cleaning supplies.
VOCS evaporate into the air when these products are used or where they are stored. VOCS can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. Exposure can cause headaches, and damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system.
Some pollutants cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses, heath disease, cancer, and other serious long term conditions.
Asthma is the most common health issue affecting students due to increased levels of indoor air pollutants. Nearly 1 in 3 school aged children suffers from asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition that can effect one's quality of life for many years. Allergens most commonly found in schools and offices that can trigger asthma include dust mites, pests, and molds.
Schools: Did you know that children's airways are smaller? Children take in more oxygen than adults, making them more susceptible.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF IN-DUCT AIR PURIFICATION SYSTEMS?
Reliable, low maintenance, compact design.
Safe, efficient operation - uses less power than a 20 watt light bulb; operating on a single AC outlet.
Freshens recirculated air during winter and summer months when offices and schools are closed to outdoor air.
A great addition to any building with air filters and humidifiers.
Does the campus have a tobacco free policy?
Are all students or staff members free of allergies, asthma, or any respiratory ailment?
Does the buildings maintenance staff have a regular cleaning schedule for unit ventilators supply, air defusers, return registers, and outside air intakes?
Are condensate pans clean, unobstructed, and do they drain properly?
Are all toxic or hazardous chemicals stored in appropriate containers in a ventilated, fire resistant, and locked area?
Are all pickup/ drop off areas located away from from the building's air intake supply, windows, and exit doors?