The importance of air quality in post Covid schools
September 1st, 2022
Students spend long hours in classrooms as do teachers and school staff. The air quality in the classrooms is therefore very important and high vigilance is applied in this area, especially following the Covid-19 pandemic. Several measures are implemented in schools to ensure that students and staff breathe the healthiest air possible. Air quality in schools is crucial to providing the best learning and working environments for students and school staff at all times. The following article will educate you on why maintaining good air quality in schools is so important.
Measures to improve air quality
Since the pandemic, the Government of Quebec has implemented a series of measures to control and improve air quality in schools. For example, schools are recommended to equip themselves with comfort parameter readers to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration, relative humidity, and temperature to ensure optimal air quality in all learning areas. It is also planned to carry out the distribution and installation of air exchangers and to continue the corrective program required to respond to problematic situations and adjustments to mechanical ventilation such as the optimization of the air supply. costs, changing filters and using more efficient filters, maintenance of ventilation systems, etc.
When it comes to air quality, think about cleaning the heating and air conditioning ductwork. Although they are out of sight since they are usually found inside ceilings or below floors, cleaning the ducts is essential. Indeed, heating and air-conditioning ducts are an ideal breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Fungi and bacteria found in air duct systems are directly responsible for allergic symptoms in susceptible individuals. Frequent maintenance of ventilation equipment and windows is therefore an important element in ensuring adequate air quality in schools.
As seen above, the consequences of a poorly maintained system can have health repercussions such as headaches, fatigue, and irritation of the respiratory system. The quality of the air inside buildings is also essential to ensure that students and staff have the best possible study and work environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of ensuring good indoor air quality, particularly in schools, and ensuring that safe environments are maintained for all occupants. Here is why we must remain vigilant and be proactive when it comes to maintaining and managing air quality in schools.