The Remarkable ROI of Clean Air: Transforming Education Through Indoor Air Quality

By Lindsey Haglage, Vice President of Business Development for Protect|ED

The significance of clean air in schools often goes unnoticed, overshadowed by what may appear to be more pressing facility improvements. However, the return on investment (ROI) associated with clean air in educational institutions is nothing short of remarkable. From boosting student attendance to extending the longevity of HVAC systems, the benefits of clean air are extensive. 

#1: Boost Student Attendance

Clean air promotes better health. Indoor air quality has a profound impact on students’ overall well-being, which in turn effects attendance rates. By providing clean air classrooms, schools can reduce respiratory illnesses and allergies, leading to fewer absences due to health-related issues. When students are healthier, attendance rates naturally improve.

#2: Improve Student and Staff Performance

The quality of indoor air isn’t only linked to physical health; it also has a significant impact on cognitive function and performance. Research shows that poor air quality can lead to reduced concentration, cognitive fatigue and even decreased academic achievement. On the other hand, clean air can enhance focus, concentration and even creativity, allowing students and staff to perform at their best. 

#3: Improve Teacher Retention/Recruitment

Teachers play a pivotal role, and their well-being is crucial for maintaining an optimal learning environment. Clean air even contributes to the overall job satisfaction of teachers. When educators feel that their health is valued and protected, they’re more likely to stay in their positions. Additionally, schools that prioritize clean air have a competitive advantage when recruiting new teachers, as they can offer a healthier workplace.

#4: Reduce Dependance on Substitute Teachers

We know that the health of both students and staff is linked, so improving indoor air quality can lead to a significant reduction in overall illnesses within school communities. This translates to fewer substitute teachers being needed to cover for absent staff members. This is critically important in light of a recent shortage of available subs. 

#5: Improve Longevity of Existing HVAC Systems

Investing in clean air also extends the life of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Protect|ED’s WellAir NanoStike™ is designed to consume minimal energy while delivering maximum air purification. With no maintenance required, schools can enjoy long-lasting, efficient performance without additional upkeep expenses. This not only ensures that HVAC systems operate more efficiently but also extends their lifespan, saving educational institutions substantial costs in replacement and maintenance.

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