Why Schools and Universities need Airduct Cleaning?

With all the budgetary problems schools and universities can face, maintenance isn’t always high on the agenda. Yet lack of routine maintenance can cause a large impact on your budget and educational performance over time.

It’s amazing what a little bad air can do. If you haven’t had the air ducts in your building cleaned, you may be paying for it in other ways.

Below, we’re taking a closer look at why schools and universities need duct cleaning.

It’s the Law

To begin with, cleaning your air ducts is a legal requirement.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992 both place a legal duty of care on building operators to maintain the health and safety standards of their building. This includes ventilation and the maintenance of ventilation systems.

Premises in non-compliance with the law could face shutdown or costly renovations. Yet complying with the law can be as simple as regular duct cleaning.

Controlling Sickness

Dirty ducts affect health in two ways. First, they can aid in circulating communicable diseases like colds and flu. Second, they can cause non-communicable conditions like sinus problems and even cancer and heart disease.

Cleaning kitchen ducts is even more important, as dirty kitchen ducts can circulate contaminants through food preparation areas. In a large public building like a school or university, poor food hygiene can cause a miniature epidemic.

Sickness will drive down the productivity of your pupils and your staff, and may lead to cancelled lessons.

Reducing Costs

We all know the saying: “A stitch in time saves nine.”

Building maintenance is the perfect example. Poor maintenance of your ducts could mean they begin to fail before the end of their lifespan. Replacing ducts is often an expensive and messy process – it might even result in temporary closure of your premises.

Keeping duct maintenance on a regular schedule reduces this risk. As a regular cost, the financial impact will also be easier to predict.

Promoting Learning

Even beyond the obvious benefits, learning environments have a lot to gain from clean air.

Poor quality air can affect our cognition. For schools, that means the cognition of students and teachers, too. While this effect may not be noticeable in all cases, poor cognition and lethargy can add up to lower grades. Over time, that could even impact a school’s reputation.

The potential for sickness that we mentioned earlier can have a similar knock-on effect. Fewer days in the classroom correlate to lower success in education. If your most experienced lecturers aren’t around to do their job, you may have to cancel classes or use less experienced substitutes.

Duct Cleaning for Schools and Universities

Schools and universities need duct cleaning for reasons ranging from the obvious to the less apparent. The legal requirements alone mean that you should have a maintenance schedule in place. If you’ve been neglecting your duct cleaning, it’s time to start taking it seriously.

Need help getting your school ducts in order? Contact us today.