How Indoor Air Quality Affects a Students’ Health & Wellbeing

young children in schoolYou spend 40+ hours every week at your workplace and your child spends the same amount of time at school. It’s imperative that the indoor air quality in these buildings is supreme, protecting and optimizing health. Allow us to explain how educational facilities, workplaces, and every building that hosts people at any given time can benefit from preventive maintenance.

Indoor Air Quality & Schools

When you take a breath, your lungs distribute the oxygen to the rest of the body, ultimately giving your body energy to function as it should. When you breathe out, you are releasing a gas called carbon dioxide. Consider a standard school room filled with 25+ students constantly breathing in and out the same oxygen and carbon dioxide. It’s imperative that students are in well-ventilated rooms to ensure they are breathing in fresh oxygen, not their classmate’s carbon dioxide. School buildings that are not well-ventilated or do not have a well-maintained HVAC system can contribute to the following health issues in students:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Coughing
  • Eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory illness
  • & More

When a student does not feel well, he or she cannot perform their best academically! Students have the opportunity to thrive academically when the air they breathe is clean and well-ventilated.

Preventive Maintenance & Your Equipment

A building’s indoor air quality is directly linked to how well your equipment operates. Your maintenance plan – or lack thereof – has a direct impact on your equipment’s efficiency. Now replace the term “efficiency” with overall cost because, again, both cost and efficiency directly impact each other. If your equipment is inefficient, it will cost more to operate and vice versa. For example, if your HVAC system is constantly running, it is likely pulling in an overabundance of outside air. Your system will use an immense amount of energy to heat or cool the outside air to meet your thermostat’s setting. Our team can help your system pull in the exact amount of air you need so you’re not over-using your equipment and over-paying for clean, fresh air.

Simply put, your approach to indoor air quality can either:

  • Force you to pay for costly repairs OR allow you to pay for affordable scheduled maintenance.
  • Cause your equipment to fail prematurely OR enable your equipment to last longer.
  • Negatively affect the health of the people inside OR help them to be more productive.

By cleaning filters and coils, searching for more efficient ways to ventilate your building, and other vital maintenance tasks, we can improve your building’s indoor air quality. If forgotten about, your building’s HVAC system will become dirty and inefficient, ultimately polluting the environment in which you spend 40+ hours every week.

Hays Service is Your Trusted Indoor Air Quality Partner

How to enhance indoor air quality has been a conversation among building operators and Hays Service since day one. Amid a pandemic or not, our team is passionate about improving your building’s indoor air quality to protect the health of the individuals inside and help you save money. If you have questions about how our preventive maintenance services can help you, don’t hesitate to call Bob King, our Facility Consultant, at 478-957-5985.