Back to School: Why Sufficient Air Hydration Matters

Sufficient air hydration enables the mind and body to work in tandem with one another to overcome threats to health and productivity. In addition, a humidity of 40-60%RH creates the optimal living and working environment for human beings. If this percentage goes too low, it results in an overly dry space that is a breeding ground for airborne dust and pollutants, in addition to discomfort in the form of skin and hair irritation as well as mental focus detraction. Excessively moist atmospheres encourage new threats in the form of enhanced bacteria and fungal spore growth, producing allergic reactions and breathing difficulties, which also stunt mental efficiency. Here is a closer look at why sufficient and balanced air hydration matters in environments such as educational facilities.

Illness Prevention

Harmful bacteria and infectious airborne spores thrive in dry and overly moist conditions, and air hydration on either extreme end of the spectrum produces favorable growing conditions for fungi, mold spores, mites, influenza, and other health risks. Air that is properly hydrated with a humidity of 40-60%RH is balanced enough to no be as susceptible to such threats to the health of humans and animals. It enables for airborne particles and bacteria to bind and fall, which allows for pure and clean air free of contaminants and makes for, effectively, a hypoallergenic learning space. Additionally, it discourages the growth of harmful viruses and fungal infections. There will be fewer cases of sore throats, coughs, and eye soreness in such an environment. As a result, educational facilities that make use of sufficient air hydration through a controlled and regulated system will experience many benefits. There will be a dramatic drop in absenteeism, as well as fewer allergic reactions and a stronger mental focus from students not being weighed down with colds, flu and other illnesses.

Bolstered Concentration and Productivity

In a learning environment that is sufficiently hydrated and humidified, human beings can more efficiently introduce oxygen to their systems and transfer it to their blood streams. This helps to keep the brain active and fully functional, akin to keeping a door hinge oiled. With this encouragement of the mind to be better utilized, students and staff are able to focus more easily and hone in on curriculum and tasks. As a result, they can study and produce higher quality work in a shorter timeframe. A decrease in productivity is one of the most common results of a school facility being air conditioned in the summer and heated in the winter without sufficient humidification and hydration, so introducing a system capable of buffering away the ill effects of temperature control systems is a benefit for the mind as well as the body.

Increased Comfort

It goes without saying that students need to be comfortable and relaxed in order to focus on their work, and when there is insufficient hydration, you can expect many ill effects that impact performance and productivity. Various forms of skin irritation come about through flaking, cracking, itchiness, rashes and even allergic reactions if an individual is susceptible to them. Additionally, scalp irritation and hair damage can occur in the form of split ends, dandruff and dryness. Precise humidification management negates the potential for such symptoms to occur, and it additionally protects against sinus infections as well as dehydration. This culminates in the optimal learning environment, one that is free of focus detractors through enhanced comfort in a controlled atmosphere.

More Effective than Opening a Window

When we enable for cool outside air to penetrate an interior space, it lowers the indoor humidity. Additionally, the overall relative humidity is reduced through a loss of moisture when lower outdoor temperatures are brought indoors and heated. For example: if the outdoor temperature is 0°F and 50% RH and the air comes indoors and is heated to 70°F, the residual moisture after heating the outdoor air will only be about 3% RH. Even on a 35°F and 50% RH day outdoors, the residual indoor RH will only be about 14%. Using this data, we see that a precisely controlled interior level of hydration through regulated and consistent humidification is infinitely more efficient and reliable. Using a hygrometer or humidistat, RH levels can be maintained at the optimal 40-60% with minimal effort. In layman’s terms, opening a window will make any interior space prone to uncontrollable humidity levels, leading to erratic and harmful levels of hydration, whereas controlled humidification will make it easier to remain comfortable, mentally focused and healthy indoors.

Today’s educational facilities are changing to better complement the learning experiences of students, and implementing a precisely controlled humidification and hydration system is a key component of such a process. With the many benefits firmly in mind and a comparison drawn to traditional methods such as opening windows, it is clear why such systems are being widely adopted in schools today.

Helpful Links:

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