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Education Departments start to take ventilation seriously

Updated: Jul 8

Australian and New Zealand schools are increasingly focusing on air quality monitoring to enhance student performance and health. According to the Ministry of Education, good ventilation is crucial in minimizing the risk of airborne transmission of viruses and improving overall indoor air quality, which has been linked to better academic outcomes and well-being for students and staff


Implementing CO2 Monitoring Programs


Implementing effective CO2 monitoring programs in schools requires careful planning and execution. Schools should start by identifying high-risk areas such as classrooms, gymnasiums, and cafeterias where CO2 levels are likely to accumulate. When selecting CO2 monitors, factors like accuracy, reliability, and ease of use should be considered. The AirThings for Business solution offer these factors, all in a wireless solution. Monitors with onboard data logging capabilities, like the Space Pro and Space CO2, allow for long-term analysis of indoor air quality trends.


Advanced Technologies like the like the Space Pro and Space CO2 IAQ monitors offering improved accuracy and reduced calibration needs. To optimize ventilation levels, schools can implement IAQ monitors that are connected to exhaust fans, which can automatically stabilize CO2 levels when they exceed recommended thresholds. Remote monitoring capabilities, such as those offered by the AirThings for Business platforms, enable real-time tracking of CO2, humidity, and temperature levels, facilitating prompt interventions when necessary


The Role of CO2 Monitors in Classrooms




Poor indoor air quality in schools has significant negative impacts on student health and academic performance. Studies show that exposure to air pollutants and inadequate ventilation can lead to increased absenteeism, reduced cognitive function, and lower test scores. Children are especially vulnerable due to their developing organs and higher breathing rates relative to body size. Common issues include high levels of CO2, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds, which can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Research indicates that even modest improvements in air quality, such as increased ventilation rates, can enhance students' math and reading scores. Additionally, schools with better-maintained facilities, including proper HVAC systems, have higher average daily attendance and lower dropout rates. Addressing indoor air quality is thus crucial for creating healthier, more productive learning environments and supporting students' overall well-being and academic success


Impact of Air Quality on Student Health and Learning


Poor indoor air quality in schools has significant negative impacts on student health and academic performance. Studies show that exposure to air pollutants and inadequate ventilation can lead to increased absenteeism, reduced cognitive function, and lower test scores. Children are especially vulnerable due to their developing organs and higher breathing rates relative to body size. Common issues include high levels of CO2, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds, which can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and difficulty concentrating. Research indicates that even modest improvements in air quality, such as increased ventilation rates, can enhance students' math and reading scores. Additionally, schools with better-maintained facilities, including proper HVAC systems, have higher average daily attendance and lower dropout rates. Addressing indoor air quality is thus crucial for creating healthier, more productive learning environments and supporting students' overall well-being and academic success




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