Air Purifiers Face Scrutiny in Schools’ Battle Against COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of institutional and commercial facility operations, but no area has been better explored than HVAC systems. In their ongoing effort to improve the indoor environment and protect the health of residents, maintenance and engineering managers have turned to a range of potential HVAC solutions. In the country’s schools, one technology has received a lot of attention.
School officials desperate to calm concerned parents bought air purifying devices and related technology with a torrent of federal funds, which they installed in more than 2,000 schools in 44 states. found a Kaiser Health Network (KHN) study. They use the same technology – ionization, plasma and dry hydrogen peroxide – that the Lancet COVID-19 Commission recently considered “often unproven” and itself potential sources of pollution.
Schools buy technology that is warned by academic air quality experts, which can give them a false sense of security or even harm children. And schools often overlook the fact that their trusted contractors can make a lot of money from the deals, KHN found.
Dan Hounsell is Senior Editor, Facility Market.