As summer is coming to an end, school districts across the nation are preparing for a new school year to begin – and a safe return is at the top of every parents, students, and teachers’ minds. While there continues to be precautions in place, one in particular is close to our hearts – supporting clean quality air.
Studies show that the average American student spends roughly 180 days of the year inside of a classroom environment. With nearly half of a child’s year spent at school, it’s essential to provide them with healthy and safe air quality. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), filtration can be part of a plan to protect people indoors – this includes classrooms. They state, “Consider using portable air cleaners to supplement increased HVAC system ventilation and filtration.” Increasing airflow is an efficient method in improving air quality and filtering out contaminants. Such contaminants commonly spread through droplets when we cough, sneeze, talk, and breathe. These droplets either evaporate quickly or they remain suspended in the air. Due to their minute nature, proper filtration is needed to capture these tiny particles.
Poor indoor air quality can cause short- and long-term effects on our health and worsen preexisting health conditions. In fact, the EPA states that indoor air quality is up to five times worse than the outdoors. While social distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks continue to be proactive measures in classroom safety, the classrooms air quality is just as important. It’s imperative to be aware of what specifics to look for in your air purifier search. Knowing the room size is the first step, as air cleaners are built for different sized spaces. Once you find an air cleaner that is designed to accommodate your room size, the next step is to ensure it has a certified room air cleaning rate – with higher numbers being better. You should also check to see that it has a high efficiency particulate air filter, also known as HEPA.
Winix proudly checks every box mentioned above. All Winix air purifiers carry a True HEPA filtration system as well as a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) certification. A Winix True HEPA filter captures 99.99%* of airborne contaminants down to 0.003 microns in size. This exceeds the industry average of capturing 99.97% of contaminants down to 0.3 microns in size. The EPA states that only these filters will capture the most penetrating particle size.
Winix provides an effective air quality solution for a range of room sizes, ensuring a safer learning space for your child and others. With another school year to prepare for, WINIX has any school setting covered.
*Based on independent laboratory tests conducted on inanimate particles as small as 0.003 microns.