It’s a sad fact that the pollutant level of the air in most classrooms is higher than in many industrial plants. Factory workers would wear protective masks in such situations, but students, teachers and staff spend eight hours or more each day breathing this dirty air with no protection. This leads to student and teacher sick days for allergy and asthma problems, colds and viruses.
Not only does absenteeism reduce learning time, government studies have shown the total cost of one child missing a day of school can be as much as $300 per day. This includes a parent missing work, doctor visits, prescription and over the counter medicines, and diagnostic tests. Parents whose children miss a day at daycare still have to pay for that day’s care, in addition to the other expenses. When teachers are sick, the expenses include sick pay, medications, doctor visits, and substitute teacher pay. The solution? Purifan.
Purifans mount to the motor of a standard ceiling fan, so they’re silent even when operated on high, and they use the same amount of energy as a 60-watt light bulb. There are no high installation costs, because any relatively handy person can install one in less than an hour with just a screwdriver. The only maintenance required is changing the filter every six months or so, and the blades are hidden so they’re not a distraction to students. Best of all, Purifans come with a lifetime warranty.
The innovative design allows a Purifan to completely clean the air in a 20 x 20 room every 90 seconds. And, three of the five filter layers have active charcoal to help absorb odors in the classroom. In older buildings where mold is an issue, a Purifian can filter out mold spores that can cause respiratory issues for children and teachers.
In schools without Purifans:
This school saw a significant positive impact on grades and test score performance in the first year after classroom air was being continuously cleaned by Purifans. Watch their story:
Child care center directors, teachers, and school administrators who have Purifians in their buildings report they feel better, their students miss less school and concentrate better in class, and the rooms smell clean.
Getting rid of the airborne particulates that can trigger asthma attacks, allergy flare-ups and spread germs can reduce the impact of cold and flu season and prevent viruses from making the rounds to every student in class. This means both students and teachers will miss fewer school days due to illnesses, leaving more time for learning and teaching.
Better classroom air quality can boost learning, test scores and grades, according to studies published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When students are healthier, they’re not taking medications that make it hard to concentrate, and they’re not missing school and falling behind.
A Purifan’s motor is the same as a standard ceiling fan, so it hardly makes any sound even when operating on high. And, the “bladeless” design means there are no spinning blades to distract students.
Unpleasant odors create a poor work environment for both teachers and students. Purifans have a significant impact on classroom odor caused by building issues, upwind industries or agriculture, sweaty children, and classroom materials like glue or science lab chemicals.
Purifans reduce airborne mold spores, which is especially important in older buildings that can have hidden water damage and mold caused by leaking roofs and windows, storms, flooding, and plumbing breaks or leaks. Cleaning mold out of the air not only protects the health of everyone in the building, it can save the school district millions of dollars in legal fees and settlements for health-related lawsuits.
A Purifan circulates air throughout the room even better than a ceiling fan, so it’s easier to keep classrooms at a consistent temperature so children stay comfortable and alert. This typically leads to about 4-degree adjustment in the thermostat, which can save about 10% on the energy bill for air conditioning and heating.
Many PTA and PTO groups buy, install and maintain Purifans in classrooms, because they know this will provide better health, lower healthcare costs, fewer missed school and work days, and better grades and test scores. When looking for donors, parents’ employers should be strong supporters to this cause, if they know their employee will miss fewer work days to care for sick children.
I believe the PTA and PTO groups that raise the money necessary for installing Purifans in classrooms are supporting the one school improvement project that will have the biggest single impact on improving student performance in learning and testing. The other key benefits may include a significant reduction in respiratory illness-related health problems and fewer missed days for students and teachers.
—Stan Brannan, President of Purifan, Inc.