A study, published in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) journal, showed that the performance of school children in the classroom is negatively affected by poor ventilation and temperature control.
Field studies were carried out by two professors in identical classrooms at a school in Denmark to find out whether different room temperatures and quality of air hit the performance of children carrying out every day academic tasks.
The results found that increasing the outdoor air supply rate and reducing artificially elevated classroom temperatures improved the performance of many tasks, both in terms of speed and in how many errors were made.
According to UK ventilation services company Cosaf.co.uk, the study shows the need for a similar approach in British classrooms.
“Ventilation and temperature control are often overlooked when designing both office spaces and schools,” said cosaf.co.uk managing director Mike Sullivan. “With tighter budgets in the present financial climate, the temptation is to cut corners on anything that isn’t directly related to improving exam results.”
“However, this report shows that fresh air and cutting artificially increased temperatures improve school work.”