Tackling The Air Pollution Issue In Classrooms
According to recent research, children across the UK are being forced to breathe dangerous levels of toxic air as they make their way to and from school – and even once they are inside their classrooms. As well as potentially damaging their health, this is having a negative impact on learning and productivity. Phil Mangnall, managing director at Jaga UK, explains why schools should invest in efficient ventilation systems to get the best out of their students.
“With students now back in school for the new term and spending the majority of their time indoors, facilities managers need to make sure the learning environment is a comfortable and productive one.
“Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) is often caused by little ventilation and a consequent build-up of toxic air in the classroom. The result of poor IAQ on pupils can be wide-ranging, and can impact concentration, productivity and attention span; three factors which are vital when it comes to performance. At its worst, poor IAQ can cause health problems for both students and staff such as: cough, eye irritation, headache, allergic reactions and, in rarer cases, life-threatening asthma attacks.
“In fact, air pollution causes 40,000 premature deaths annually and has a devastating impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands more people.
“Manual ventilation methods such as opening a window may marginally improve air quality when it comes to CO2 levels, however this doesn’t address the tiny black carbon particles from the outside. Additionally, if it is raining or particularly cold outside, we tend to keep the windows shut which results in very little ventilation.
“Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) solutions, such as Jaga’s Oxygen ventilation system, can bring in outside air before filtering it, reducing lethargy and increasing concentration. Then, the unit’s four mechanisms combine to create a controlled cycle of clean air, ensuring consistent circulation throughout the space, no matter what changes occur in the classroom throughout the day. This ensures a fully balanced system which creates an optimal environment for staff and students.
“Ultimately, when using a DCV system, facilities managers can maintain the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff at an optimal level to positively impact productivity – helping to produce the best results from pupils.”
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