Preparing children for school includes giving them nutritious meals, ensuring they have enough sleep, and dressing them for the elements to combat the heat and cold. However, there is a lurking threat many parents and faculty do not consider when preparing children for classroom success. In recent years, air quality has become a significant factor affecting students’ health, and those who learn and work in schools daily often spend more hours in school buildings than in their homes.
Testing a school’s air quality is vital to the health and safety of every individual. Its impact in these environments can produce significant health issues. Ambient Edge is at the forefront of commercial HVAC services in Arizona and Nevada, providing professional air quality testing in schools to protect the health of your children and those who care for them.
The Threats to School Air Quality in Arizona and Nevada
The arid conditions in Arizona, Nevada, and the surrounding states make monitoring air quality a constant struggle. More than ever, wildfires have become an annual threat to residents’ health, particularly students. As fires become a seasonal occurrence, concern for improving air quality should grow by minimizing the impacts of ambient air pollution in schools to ensure proper air transfer.
Air quality in schools was at the forefront of concerns during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This highly contagious viral epidemic highlighted the importance of air circulation and quality in every space. But before then, other common dangers were a threat to air quality.
Invisible threats to health are even more reason to ensure the air students breathe each day is free of harmful pollutants. In worst-case scenarios, these dangers can lead to death or result in lifelong health issues, becoming chronic over time. What are some of the most significant threats that worsen indoor air quality?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Most parents and students breathe a sigh of relief when a new school is built or an existing structure is updated. But VOCs can be found even in new products, posing a threat to health. Some of the most common side effects of exposure to products containing VOCs are headaches, eye and nose irritations, and nausea, while more significant side effects can include vision disorders and memory disturbances.
Bacteria, Mold, and Mildew
Even with Arizona and Nevada’s drier climates, schools can be a breeding ground for these biological contaminants. Gymnasiums, bathrooms, laboratories, lunch rooms, dining facilities, and any other environments that encourage a warm, humid climate are subject to these irritants. Respiratory struggles, particularly for individuals with asthma or breathing issues, can become amplified when air quality is left unaddressed.
Testing the air quality in a school can reveal that it is past time for an HVAC system to be cleaned, serviced, or replaced. Heating and cooling systems are significant factors in protecting indoor air quality. Ambient Edge can help determine the options that benefit a school environment most.
Mold remediation requires professionals trained in removing and cleaning areas affected by this health hazard to ensure healthy air quality in schools. Air quality testing can determine the presence of mold, allowing school officials to take the appropriate steps to correct these hazards.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, behind smoking. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 70,000 schoolrooms nationwide are impacted by high short-term radon levels. Ambient Edge takes school indoor air quality seriously and can discuss indoor air quality testing options for radon and how to improve air quality to provide a safer environment.
Poor Air Quality’s Effects on Students
Poor air quality leads to detrimental health effects, but the good news is these health threats can be tremendously decreased and mitigated. Reducing these health impacts leads to fewer days away from school learning, increased cognitive function, better test scores, and improved long-term health, such as a reduction in the potential to develop cancers. Improvements in air quality have also been proven to:
- Benefit performance speeds
- Reduce the rates of disease transmission
- Reduce the instances of asthma and other breathing-related diseases
Finding ways to improve indoor air quality is possible. This improvement does not have to include a system replacement, but scheduling routine maintenance is the first step in keeping an HVAC system running more efficiently in addition to taking steps such as adding air purifiers, changing your air filters, and adding detectors to determine the presence of carbon monoxide or other odorless threats through air quality testing.
What to Expect from Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing
Ambient Edge is your source for air quality testing and solutions to provide a safer school environment. Our team of professionals can test for the common causes of poor air quality mentioned above and help you make an improvement plan. We will discuss any findings and ways to address health threats.
Our goal is never to push you into services you do not require but to provide ways to achieve optimal health in a school environment, improving the lives of everyone who learns and works in the facility. When Ambient Edge is your service provider, you are ensured 24/7 service to guarantee comfortable temperatures in the summer heat and ensure your heating system is ready for the winter days that impact our area.
In addition to providing essential indoor quality air testing, we can provide the service and maintenance to enhance the life of an HVAC system, which is vital to improving indoor air quality. We provide the ability for staff to focus on other school needs while we maximize the longevity of your commercial AC system. Our servicing packages remove the guesswork, providing better air quality in schools.
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Improving indoor air quality begins with professional testing to understand a school’s needs. Let Ambient Edge set up a preventive plan for your school, providing a safe learning and working environment to thrive. We value our clients as much as you value quality air and look forward to you scheduling air quality testing services online or by calling us.