HVAC for Education
The education sector is becoming more aware of the benefits of air conditioning in schools, colleges and universities as they see the positive effects of consistently regulated air quality, temperature and humidity.
Educators are witnessing an increased ability to concentrate, use cognitive skills and retain information. Classroom work is returning better results and where students take exams in an air-conditioned location, grades are higher. Even a reduction in classroom aggression has been linked to the addition of air conditioning.
As we can expect from education, there are scientific reasons for this.
- Temperature – If the body is too hot or too cold, the brain will channel its resources towards cooling down or warming up. Air conditioning helps to maintain optimum room temperature regardless of outside temperatures.
- Humidity – Low air humidity can contribute towards dehydration, which negatively affects cognition, while high humidity causes discomfort at any temperature. Air conditioning can be used to regulate the humidity even though this will vary greatly outdoors with the seasons.
- Pollution – Airborne toxins and allergens can affect student performance and be the cause of illness-related absences. Filtration can remove many of these and ensure a fresh, healthy air supply.
The education sector also uses air conditioning outside the classroom. Gymnasiums, sports halls, changing rooms, cloakrooms, kitchens and dining halls all need regularly changing fresh air to remove odours and bacteria. Residential schools, colleges and universities use air conditioning for dormitories and residential rooms, with heat recovery systems (see below) being a popular choice for eco-friendly efficiency.
Choosing the right air conditioning for education
At Aura Air Conditioning we work with schools, colleges, and universities in the private and state education sectors to create high-quality learning environments from kindergarten to postgraduate.
Packaged air conditioning systems are the most suitable for large areas such as auditoriums, lecture halls, gymnasiums and canteens, and buildings with sufficient space for ducting in ceiling voids.
Modular air conditioning systems, from a straight-forward single split to a full VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) offer lower energy consumption and less intrusive installation requiring no structural changes – the perfect choice for retrofitting into existing buildings, and we also offer effective solutions for heritage properties and environmentally sensitive areas.
Heat recovery ventilation systems are another energy-efficient, environmentally friendly option, using the latent temperature of the air inside a room or building to heat or cool fresh air drawn in from outside.
Maintaining air conditioning systems in education
At Aura Air Conditioning we are accustomed to the requirements of the educational sector and scheduling routine preventive maintenance, inspection and cleaning around the academic year, with its particular focus on ensuring peak uninterrupted performance during the period leading up to and including exams.
A planned maintenance programme will ensure air conditioning units continue to run at maximum efficiency and detect and replace worn parts, resulting in lower energy costs, better air quality, less downtime and extended system lifespan.
Regular cleaning removes dust and other particles that accumulate in air conditioning units, ducts and outlets. This helps the system to run more efficiently and reduce the risk of developing an unhealthy air supply, while regular attention to water-cooled systems will prevent the development of legionella.