When it comes to your children’s education, there are dozens of factors that can play a role in the quality of their experience (like teachers, extracurricular activities, and tutors). On top of personnel, sports, and other activities, the facilities available to students can also make a big difference. Computer and science labs offer kids a chance to further their learning beyond books and lectures. And, while all of these tools and teachers are critically important to a child’s education, there is one additional factor that can be the difference in sculpting young minds: air conditioning. While climate control might seem like a luxury, it’s actually crucial to creating a positive learning environment.
Air conditioning has been a hot-button topic in schools across the country this past year with parents, students, school boards, and state governments fighting to get adequate cooling in public schools. Inadequate temperature control can lead to a number of issues. Allergies are becoming more and more prevalent amongst today’s youth and poor air quality due to insufficient or nonexistent HVAC systems can set off allergy attacks. This can lead to missed classes as well as poor overall health for students.
In addition to air quality issues, stifling heat can also detract from an otherwise healthy learning environment. Extreme temperatures can lead to heat stroke and exhaustion, neither of which is conducive to creating a nurturing environment. On top of serious health hazards due to overheating, extreme heat creates an environment that makes focusing on schoolwork difficult which can lead to lower test scores and less funding for the school.
The average person may think of air conditioning as a luxury item, a summertime necessity, or a reason to go to the movies. But when it comes to HVAC, make sure you also appreciate the special place proper cooling can have on the education of future generations.