Air quality in the classroom is critical to the health and well-being of students and faculty alike. The classroom is a high-risk environment – to say the least. With large groups of people who remain indoors for prolonged periods of time and often in small spaces with little or no ventilation, students, teachers, and administrators are far more susceptible to contagions than people working outdoors or in large well-ventilated buildings.
Bacteria and airborne virus particles can accumulate with nowhere to escape inside schools, especially in the winter months. Not to mention, older school buildings contain toxins from aging building materials and dated HVAC systems. There can also be noxious fumes from adhesives, paint, science experiments, and harsh cleaners. This is all in addition to the everyday dust and pollen that naturally builds up in indoor spaces.
The classroom can be like a respiratory war ground – that is, without effective air purification.
Advice from the CDC, WHO, and EPA is clear: to minimize the spread of airborne viruses like Covid-19, in indoor spaces, portable HEPA air purifiers are recommended. In fact, an extensive review by the EPA concluded the combination of HEPA and Carbon is the safest and most effective solution.
Purifiers that use UV lights, Ionization, and PCO technology are not ideal because they can produce dangerous byproducts that are then emitted into the air. Unfortunately, many schools have already wasted millions of dollars on these unfit technologies.
We have a solution that follows all CDC, WHO, and EPA Recommendations. Austin Air purifiers are the only air purification system on the market that uses Medical Grade HEPA, Activated Carbon, and Zeolite to remove up to 99.97% of airborne allergens and odors.
According to an EPA report, a significant amount of HEPA and Carbon must be used in your air purifier’s filtration otherwise filters will need to be changed often (every few months). That’s why the Austin Air HealthMate® has:
No one in the industry even comes close to using that much. This ensures a long filter life of up to 5 years.
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Nearly 30,000 Austin Air Healthmate units were deployed to Ontario schools.
After reviewing hundreds of air purifiers, the Toronto District School Board deployed Austin Air HealthMate® air purifiers to schools across the Ontario area. A few months later, Covid-19 case numbers in Ontario began to decline especially among 5-11-year-olds. So far, we have supplied over 40,000 units to schools in Canada, protecting around 1 million school children and staff.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has a plan to improve the air quality against COVID in classrooms. The county executive says he is planning to buy air purifiers for all public, private, and charter school classrooms across the county. The purchase is expected to be made at Austin Air in Buffalo, where the units are manufactured. Read the full story.
Classroom testimonials from the East Boston Montessori School
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Studies also show that as well as offering protection against Covid-19, effective air filtration can also help to boost a child’s performance at school. In 2016, shortly after the Aliso Canyon gas leak, a number of air purifiers were installed in classrooms close to the disaster. After just a few months, children’s test results in Math and English improved significantly, in the same way, they would have if class sizes were reduced by a third.