Air Quality and Student Performance

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 11:41 AM

Indoor air quality is important wherever you go and it is especially important for places that you spend a lot of time like at home, work and school. Having poor indoor air quality in schools can affect student performance greatly but in subtle ways. Symptoms include coughing, eye irritation, headaches, allergic reactions, and most importantly it can cause asthma aggravation. One in thirteen students suffer from asthma and this is the leading cause to absenteeism which affects school performance. Evidence shows that there a lot of contributing factors to poor indoor air quality in schools, including the presence of pollutants for supplies, dust, exhaust from school buses, HVAC systems, etc. These factors paired with poor ventilation in schools contribute to poor concentration for students.

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