Better Air in School Matters

Children together in spaces such as classrooms and childcare centers allow for the rapid spread of bacteria and viruses. Children breathe in more oxygen relative to their body weight than adults, making them vulnerable to airborne illness. Many schools and child care centers have hand washing and surface cleaning policies, but they do not account for harmful pathogens that can remain airborne indefinitely. Not to mention high-touch environments, such as classrooms, need frequent surface disinfection.

WellAir has a foundation in healthcare and has a solid footprint in commercial, education, hospitality, entertainment, and residential markets. In independent laboratory studies Novaerus products, powered by NanoStrikeTM technology, have been shown to safely and effectively reduce bacteria, mold spores, viruses, allergens, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. In clinical settings, Novaerus products have been demonstrated to reduce airborne pathogens, surface bacteria, infections, antibiotic use, and odors. Our methods are the model of scientific integrity with a ten-year track record of scientific credibility and independent validation. Watch this video to see how WellAir’s NanoStrike technology works:

What do the studies show?

  • When tested on the speed 5 setting, the Defend 1050 over a 99.99%

reduction, in 15 minutes.

  • The Defend 1050 was effective in reducing airborne Influenza A aerosols in the

test chamber, reaching 99.9% airborne virus reduction within the first 10 – 20

minutes of operation at max speed.

  • The Defend 1050 showed an average 99.49% reduction of NO2 in 7.2 minutes.
  • The Protect 900 produced an overall allergen reduction of 41.16%, with a

38.93% reduction of house dust mites, a 39.46% reduction of house dust mites

(group 2),and a 49.53% reduction of pollen.

  • The Defend 1050 showed an average 99.68% reduction of formaldehyde in 1.1 minutes 
  • Inactivates aerosolized viruses, bacteria, fungi, spores, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds-i.e. Formaldehyde) and odors
  • 99.99% effective at inactivating the CDC’s leading airborne microorganism threats, including SARS-COV-2
  • Renders pathogens inert at the DNA level in a sub second time frame

Why should I use this in our schools?

Good IAQ (indoor air quality) contributes to a favorable environment for students, performance of teachers and staff, and a sense of comfort, health and well-being. These elements combine to assist a school in its core mission — educating children. 

Failure to prevent or respond promptly to IAQ problems can increase long- and short-term health effects for students and staff, such as:

  • Coughing;
  • Eye irritation;
  • Headaches;
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Aggravate asthma and/or other respiratory illnesses; and
  • In rare cases, contribute to life-threatening conditions such as Legionnaire’s disease or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nearly 1 in 13 children of school-age has asthma, which is the leading cause of school absenteeism due to chronic illness. There is substantial evidence that indoor environmental exposure to allergens (such as dust mites, pests, and molds) plays a role in triggering asthma symptoms. These allergens are common in schools. There is also evidence that exposure to diesel exhaust from school buses and other vehicles exacerbates asthma and allergies. These problems can:

  • Impact student attendance, comfort, and performance;
  • Reduce teacher and staff performance;
  • Accelerate the deterioration and reduce the efficiency of the school’s physical plant and equipment;
  • Increase potential for school closings or relocation of occupants;
  • Strain relationships among school administration, parents and staff;
  • Create negative publicity;
  • Impact community trust; 
  • Create liability problems.

Did you know that the age of your school building can contribute to health issues as well? According to a 2014 survey of school districts in the United States by the National Center for Education Statistics, the average age of main school buildings in the country was 55 years old—this means the average school building was built in the 1950s and early 1960s. 

During the 60s and 70s, many buildings were built and retrofitted with thicker insulation, tighter windows and doors, and vapor barriers to reduce heat transfer and prevent cold air from entering buildings. But this has encouraged the buildup of moisture and pollutants from indoor sources inside buildings. Poor air quality at a school can come from various sources. It can come from the building materials, such as the paint (VOCs), the furniture (off-gassing) or from the cleaning products. At schools in urban settings there will be higher levels of particulate matter (from vehicle exhaust emissions and industry).

Bottom Line?

Using your Federal COVID relief funds you can improve your school’s IAQ by purchasing WellAir units. Why?

  • Low total cost of ownership
  • Powerful, but gentle for 24/7 use
  • Independently tested and proven
  • FDA cleared as a 510K Class ll Medical Device in January 2021 {Defend 1050 Defend 400}
  • Safe and used in hospitals and schools worldwide – Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, AtlantiCare, Cape Regional, Rochester School of Technology, Riverside Unified School District- CA
  • No filters to change {NV 900 unit}
  • Science-based company with 65+ independent studies
  • Need to see more? Watch this video:

Federal COVID relief funds can be used to purchase WellAir units. WellAir disinfection solutions have been shown to safely and effectively reduce bacteria, viruses, VOCs, and particulate matter in dozens of independent laboratory tests. Investing in your school’s IAQ with WellAir is a smart way to create the best atmosphere for learning. Contact a sales representative at Legacy Medical Sales to order yours now!