Indoor air quality isn’t only about comfort —it’s about health and performance, too. While poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can trigger serious conditions, such as asthma and other respiratory conditions, healthy air quality increases productivity and improves mental tasks such as concentration and recall. Little wonder, then, that an increasing number of educational institutions are working to boost their indoor air quality, embracing practices and products that keep the air clean — and protect the people who breathe it. They’re getting a lot of help in their task, too, from companies like Camfil Farr — the world leader in sustainable, clean air solutions — that don’t just make healthy air their business, but their mission.
One example of the heightened awareness about IAQ in schools can be found in Connecticut, where the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) has spearheaded a program to develop one of the nation’s premier indoor air quality programs for educational facilities. With assistance from DPH, more than 800 Connecticut schools have implemented the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program, which provides information and guidance for improving air -- and shows how many of the most effective solutions come at little, or no, extra cost over the long run.
Camfil Farr commercial air filters, for example, can improve indoor air quality while lowering energy costs. That’s because the innovative design of the energy efficient air filters lets them maintain their efficiency throughout their service life -- something that more traditionally designed filters, which degrade quickly, have been unable to offer. The result: an improved ability to keep harmful particles out of the indoor air while using less energy to push the air through the filter. Indeed, Camfil Farr customers — which include not just schools but manufacturers, hospitals, hotels, and other businesses -- have been able to reduce their HVAC energy costs by up to 40 percent.
Using energy-efficient products like Camfil Farr Air Filters reduces both expenses and potential exposure to asthma triggers like dust, mold, and chemicals. A seemingly small step — simply replacing air filters — can have a big impact on our schools, our children, and our future.
Already, Connecticut schools that have adopted the Tools for Schools program have seen results. In the Chester school district, for example, asthma-related health-office visits dropped from 463 to 256 within the first year of implementing the program. In Hartford, asthma-related visits dropped from 11,334 to 8,929. Achievements like these today will help students make their own achievements tomorrow.