Category: Indoor Air Quality

Girl raising her hand in a school classroom.

Student health and safety should be top priorities for any education facility. In an increasingly turbulent world, a school should act as a haven for students to learn, socialize, and become their best selves. When students have these bases covered, it’s much easier for them to succeed. Indeed, schools that are safe, clean, and well-organized see improved rates in student participation, success, and retention. Many factors contribute to these positive outcomes, including the very air that ever...

School children running

For most educational institutions in the U.S., classes resume between the end of August and the middle of September. Though the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, most schools will completely return to in-person learning this fall. Providing students, faculty, and staff with a clean and safe indoor environment is imperative for increasing morale, productivity, and learning outcomes. However, after the past two years of uncertainty and labor shortages, many school administrators might find thems...

Floor polisher on a gray carpet.

Many of us have started paying more attention to indoor air quality (IAQ) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since the disease primarily transmits through the air in enclosed spaces. That said, the air that surrounds us has a larger impact on our overall well-being than we might realize. Dust particles, mold spores, and other unseen particles can linger in the air and on surfaces inside your building, triggering allergies and reducing health outcomes for all occupants.Here at The Budd Group, w...

Office cabinet in a client's facility

It doesn’t matter what type of work you do or what kind of building you operate out of – every occupant in your facility needs to breathe quality air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that most Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors. If the air inside your facility is polluted or stale, it can take a serious toll on people’s physical and mental well-being. As such, indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the most important measurements to consider at your facility.Un...

Guy inspecting an air vent

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that outdoor pollution isn’t the only type of pollution to worry about. Studies conducted by the agency have found that the levels of pollutants found indoors are sometimes higher than those outside – this is especially true for highly active facilities that regularly deal with chemicals, gases, and other toxic materials. Indoor pollutants such as dust, asbestos, mold spores, and carbon monoxide (CO) increase the risk of illness in thos...

Woman student dealing with allergies

Most of us spend the winter months yearning for warmer weather and longer days. And while spring’s arrival is surely welcome, it also comes with problems of its own, namely airborne allergens. The presence of pollen in particular during the spring and early summer months can take its toll on students everywhere, increasing the number of sick days, diminishing performance, and hindering learning outcomes. Fortunately, the typical U.S. school year comes to an end towards the end of May, which ma...

Students smiling in class

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that typical Americans spend about 93% of their time indoors. This number might seem shocking at first, but not after one considers how most Americans spend their days, often in vehicles, offices, air-conditioned spaces, at home, or in the classroom. Indeed, students at all levels aren’t exempt from this indoor trend, spending most of their time inside throughout the year. While spending too much time outdoors presents risks of its own (e.g.,...

Animation of air going through a vent

The importance of maintaining clean air inside your facility cannot be overstated, especially today as COVID-19 variants such as Omicron sweep the nation. Not only can poor air quality contribute to the spread of this and other diseases – it can also exacerbate allergies and chronic respiratory conditions, irritate skin, and trigger headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and more. In this way, failing to prioritize clean air within your walls can become a major liability, putting occupants at ...

The fresh air is good for us, but many of us don’t receive the amount of outdoor air our lungs and souls crave -- this is especially true as temperatures continue to fall. Indeed, in the U.S., we spend the vast majority of our time indoors throughout the year. And now, as winter settles in, we’ll spend even less time outside than we did during the spring, summer, and fall. While the advent of modern shelter and indoor heating allows us to stay warm all season long, there are some potential d...

October has come and gone this year, but before you turn your attention to the holidays and other end-of-year festivities, take some time to reflect on the air you breathe every day inside your home and workplace. Indeed, October is National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. This month is all about broadening the public’s awareness and understanding of the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ), as well as how to achieve cleaner air inside facilities. Even if you failed to actively observe N...

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