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Is poor indoor air quality harming children’s ability to learn?

An article in H&V News (‘A lesson in cognitive care’ – 23rd March 2016) has once again raised the issue of how improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools can enhance pupils’ learning experience, not to mention their health.

The link between IAQ and the ability to concentrate and learn is becoming increasingly evident, as research continues to be carries out and the subject gains recognition.

Many school buildings were designed to be as energy efficient as possible in order to reduce heating costs, but this has been achieved at the cost of adequate ventilation. A large number of schools are very well insulated but do not allow enough ventilation which leads to an increased level of pollutants such as CO2.

Links between CO2 levels and cognitive function make it clear that students’ health and grades are suffering due to poor IAQ in schools and that high-performance air handling systems are essential for such buildings. This is especially true of schools situated next to busy roads where opening windows to allow ‘fresh’ air to circulate only introduces more pollutants.

Gibbons HVAC Services supplies air handling products and services to a vast range of buildings, including schools, colleges and universities. Our energy-efficient range of HVAC equipment is backed up by maintenance, repair and technical support from our expert team.

As an experienced provider to the education sector, we’re well aware of the importance of minimising disruption to day-to-day activities which is why we can attend site outside normal hours.

To find out more about our air handling products and services for the education sector, call HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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