Health and performance      

 

Why does good indoor air quality matter?

Since we spent over 90% of our time indoors the air quality is of great importance.

Poor indoor air quality can cause illnesses among students and teachers, resulting in higher rates of absenteeism leading to less time in the classroom, and ultimately, reduced academic achievements.

Although children are more susceptible to pollutants than adults because their bodies are still developing, we should not forget that bad indoor air quality also affects the teachers, and through their reduced performance or even absence, your academic success can suffer.

What does the janitor has to do with it?

The overall maintenance of the school building affects the indoor air quality. That's why it is important to take good care of the school building and individual classrooms.

Bad indoor air vs. good indoor air

Symptoms from bad air quality are for example: asthma attack, coughing, throat irritation, tiredness, lack of concentration and headache.

On the other hand, studies show how improved indoor air quality affects the children’s performance positively by increasing productivity, concentration, the ability to recall facts, perform better in mental tasks and ultimately ― gain higher test scores.

So, what should we do?

Fresh air, rather than stuffy and polluted one, can make you perform better at everyday school situations as well as in exams. It will also reduce your probability to get sick. So let’s maintain good indoor air quality by taking care of your school!

Where can I find more info?

You can read more about health and performance from United States Environmental protection agency’s webpage:

 http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/student_performance/evidence.html#good_physical_conditions