Tag: 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...

Miniature people worker during digging worker, digging yellow pencils.

The national economy is always in flux, but the past two years have been particularly turbulent, in no small part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While many industries are gradually recovering, public education institutions still face a significant labor shortage across the board. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the state and local public education sectors have seen nearly a 5% drop-off on average since the start of the pandemic – 6.8% for K-12 teachers, 14.7% fo...

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...

Man in sterile uniform

Another school year has come and gone. Though some areas within your educational facility will be used throughout the off-season for summer classes, staff meetings, and other events, there will be much more space and time to tackle important renovations over the summer months. Deep cleaning and disinfection are among the most important tasks to accomplish during this time, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Even if your cleaning staff and/or services have done a great job keep...

Kids starting summer break

In most regions across the U.S., school is officially out for summer. As most students and teachers enjoy a well-deserved break for a few months, commercial cleaning staff must take this opportunity to deeply clean and disinfect classrooms, cafeterias, lounges, hallways, and all other areas so everyone can return to a safe and sanitary facility in the fall. At first, it might seem like cleaners have plenty of time and space to get all of this done. However, there’s a lot of ground to cover at ...

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.,...

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