Schools and educators are doing their best every day to provide a safe and healthy environment for their pupils. To do so, they put themselves on the line. We want them to have the best tools to succeed, so here are a few tips to take away for educators, schools and institutions.
Check the CO₂ levels
High CO₂ levels are not only linked to the spread of germs and bacteria, but also negatively impact focus and attention. Therefore, in addition to being unhealthy, high CO₂ levels simply make students unproductive. This is especially dangerous since CO₂ levels are not visible to the naked eye. Luckily, there are some tools out there that can help in an efficient and easily scalable way. Of course, the simplest and most cost-effective solution is to provide an environment where airflow is uninterrupted and therefore reduces the need to measure CO₂ levels. However, since in most cases this is not possible, some additional hardware is needed to measure indoors comfort levels.
Sensor solutions have immense potential if you are looking for cost-effective and scalable ways to secure CO₂ measurements in your facilities, especially taking into consideration the size of a school. In today’s world it has become common practice to turn to IoT solutions to gather data about the world around us, with specific attention to buildings. With the latest sensor technologies, you can measure the CO₂ levels and receive constant updates about the state of your school’s facilities via an online platform accessible from your desktop and mobile devices. Not to mention, many of today’s sensors can measure multiple factors besides CO₂ levels, such as humidity and temperature, which give you far more insights into the comfort levels students and staff experience.
Adjust the ventilation systems
There’s something every school has that can be used both to combat the spread of a virus and reduce discomfort: ventilation. We have been hearing about how efficient opening a window can be in order to make indoor spaces safer both in terms of health and comfort. However, having the windows open all day long is simply not a feasible option to adopt during the upcoming winter months because of the falling temperatures.
Therefore, ventilation hardware is going to be an important player in the following months, and their efficiency could determine the safety and future of in-class teaching. It is more important than ever to have reliable information about the performance of your ventilation services. The collected data can ensure that they will keep on running during the hardest of times. Lastly, thanks to the data provided by smart sensors, you are constantly prepared and able to act on the spot in case any difficulties arise.
What's the next step?
Decisions about health measures are made at a national and sometimes regional level. Although each country and region will have a different view on what is or isn’t safe, these tips are universal and widely applicable.
So start with the first step and explore which CO₂ sensor solution is right for your school.