The Importance of Air Conditioning in Classrooms
Implementing air conditioning in classrooms can have a huge impact on pupils. It is no longer a luxury for schools but an essential for creating a healthy learning environment. Air conditioning should be seen as an investment into the learning process.
Why do classrooms need air conditioning?
- Installing air conditioning can be more cost efficient than a conventional heating system.
- It can help improve the air quality in full capacity schools where classrooms are warm and stuffy.
- With heatwaves becoming more common in the summer, being able to control the air temperature is important.
- Being exposed to a high temperature for a long time can result in heatstroke.
- Air conditioners filter the air to prevent the spread of viruses that are floating in the classroom air.
- Being able to add cold air to a classroom without needing to open the window will stop allergens such as dust and pollen from entering the room and triggering allergic reactions.
What happens in schools with no air conditioning?
When the classroom environment is uncomfortable, the pupil’s body temperature rises, leading to decreased productivity. When a pupil is exposed to a hot temperature, their brain starts to slowly disconnect from concentration to help the body cool down.
The ideal classroom temperature for classes that are desk-based is 22°C. For classes where standing or physical activity is required the temperature should be lower, between 18°C and 20°C. A room temperature above 26°C is too high for an effective learning environment.
Why do schools not have air conditioning?
There are many reasons as to why a school might not have air conditioning. Most commonly, the air conditioners were never installed when the school was built.
When is the best time to install air conditioning in a classroom?
An ideal time to install an air conditioning system in classrooms is during the school holidays when pupils are out of the building to make the process more seamless.
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