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How HVAC Can Help Students and Schools

Published on: October 12, 2018

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If you teach for a living or help keep a school or educational building in good condition, we’re certain that you care about the well-being of others including students. School has been in session for a while now, but we were wondering something: how are your students doing? What are the conditions of their classroom like right now?

If you said “It’s humid” or “It’s too hot”, then you already know the answer. Poor air quality and temperature are more prevalent in schools than you may even realize. It’s time we looked at HVAC and how it can help both our teachers and our students.

Poor Air Quality Impacts Everyone

Students with allergies, asthma, etc. are all vulnerable to their air quality at school. They need to feel they’re welcome when they walk through the front doors. If they immediately start hacking and wheezing upon entering though, that’s a red flag about your school’s air quality! Another red flag to consider is after kids or teenagers come home from school; if they’re constantly complaining about having a headache, they’re not getting the air quality they need while they’re at school.

Many HVAC systems are now built with both energy efficiency and air quality in mind, and these can be adjusted automatically depending on the current weather and temperature. This will ensure that pollutants from outside such as smoke, pollen, dust, and dirt are not brought into the air your students and staff are breathing in.

Teacher & Student Performance are Both Affected

Much like at work at the office or in a store where proper A/C can be beneficial (you can check out our past article on the subject in case you missed it), school can benefit from A/C too. Even though school is usually out for summer, there is still maintenance and general upkeep of the school building to consider. Plus, the heat in the Lower Mainland can rise early in the year thanks to our awesome climate.

What this means is that in warmer weather, teacher performance as well as student performance can decline sharply if they are uncomfortable. The more uncomfortable they are, the less likely they’ll want to stay seated during lessons, and the more distracted they will be from what they need to do or be doing. This is why HVAC installation is recommended. With it, everyone involved can stay focused on their studies as well as the lessons that need to be taught, resulting in better grades and happier staff.

Computers at School Need Help Too!

Our bodies are not the only thing that can overheat without HVAC. Your computers contain the most valuable and sensitive information about your school, and if there’s no cooling system in place, overheating is more likely to happen. If a computer is overheated, its most sensitive parts are more likely to warp and be damaged in the process.

We’ve already talked about the benefits of ventilation for computers; you can check out that article here. But the office or home are not the only areas where computers are heavily used. Nowadays, libraries at schools and almost all schools now use computers to access the information they need such as book titles, references, and so much more. If you want your students and staff to have access to the things they need while studying, ventilation and cooling in these areas is not only helpful but also necessary.

Why Some Schools Need HVAC But Don’t Have It

With all of these benefits in mind, why are there still so many schools that don’t have an HVAC system in place? It boils down to 3 main reasons:

  1. The school’s budget. Brand new HVAC installations within school buildings can range in the thousands, while other aspects such as textbooks also need to be paid for. Expenses like these may be why the budget is not being spent on HVAC. However, it might cost the school tens of thousands of dollars more if they don’t clean and maintain or replace their current system if they’ve got one!
  2. The size of the school. In addition to cost of the system itself, schools need to be able to pay for individual wall units, updating the electrical wiring, and many more other components simply to install a new system. For several schools, that’s a lot of work and a lot of money to pay for it, possibly too much.
  3. Lack of funding. Sometimes the grant or special financing program that a school was hoping for isn’t provided. These grants have stringent requirements before being given, meaning that those school buildings needing HVAC the most aren’t getting what they need, all because they couldn’t get the funding.

While installing HVAC is not an absolute requirement to install into school buildings, we bring all of this up regardless to help bring awareness to the issue that our students and teachers may need help. There is already so much they need to worry about daily, such as passing their tests or trying to stay healthy while the cold’s going around. Let’s not add poor air quality or temperature to their misery!

If your school is in need of proper heating and cooling, or there is a system in place but it’s not working the way it’s supposed to, get in touch with us. At Rep-Air Heating And Cooling we provide our customers with many options that will best suit your needs from heating and cooling to refrigeration. Contact us today for your complimentary quote: 1-778-728-1476 orcontact@repairheatingandcooling.comand don’t forget to take a look at our website: Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for free giveaways!

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