Is the Air at School Safe? Parents Want Answers -- and Solutions

Air pollution has been linked to heart disease

RIVERDALE, N.J., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In Wilton, Connecticut, parents have a question for local school officials -- and it's not about academics, extracurricular activities, or test scores. They want to know: Is the air at their children's schools safe? The focus on indoor air quality, while perhaps a non-traditional concern for parents, is increasingly becoming an urgent one, as the perils of poor air quality become better understood by scientists, medical experts, and the public at large. Parents want answers -- but even more, they want assurance that their children are safe from the health risks that come with dangerous airborne particles.


Left unchecked, those risks can be substantial. Air pollution has been linked to heart disease, cancer, and serious respiratory conditions like asthma. Indeed, last October, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) -- an agency within the influential World Health Organization -- went so far as to officially designate air pollution itself a cancer-causing substance. And the perils aren't limited to outdoor exposure. Without effective air filtration, harmful particles can easily seep indoors. For school-age children who spend a significant portion of their weekdays inside a school, any deficiencies in indoor air quality can pose a particularly grave threat. 

In Wilton, parents have taken action, forming a group called Parents for Responsible Education (PRE). Its mission is two-fold: to urge officials to improve the air quality within the town's Miller-Driscoll school; and to ensure the town's full compliance with Connecticut's indoor air quality laws. 

PRE says three prior investigations into air quality at Miller-Driscoll, performed in 2006, 2008, and 2013 (the 2008 testing spurred by teacher concerns about air quality) were not properly addressed or publicized by school officials. Connecticut law requires schools that have been constructed or renovated on or after January 1, 2003 to have their indoor air evaluated every five years and to post the results of these inspections online. 

Concerns about indoor air quality -- and the growing knowledge and awareness of the health risks -- has led many schools, property owners, businesses, and hospitals to take matters into their own hands, too, by implementing effective air filtration systems. Such systems are proving both less costly and more effective than many expect. 

For example, Camfil -- the world's leading provider of clean air solutions -- produces an array of innovative, energy-efficient air filters that not only do a better job of removing dangerous particles from indoor air, but do so at a lower lifetime cost than more traditionally designed air filters. Built to maintain their optimal efficiency far longer than more conventional designs, Camfil filters may cost more upfront, but actually reduce overall costs, as they require less energy to push the air through, and can be replaced less frequently. Already, customers that have switched to Camfil filters have been able to reduce their HVAC energy costs by 20 percent, their installation costs by 50 percent, and their disposal costs by 70 percent. And they've achieved this while creating a more healthful, more comfortable indoor environment -- a true win-win situation. 

As indoor air quality becomes an increasingly important issue, it's important to note that the solutions are improving, too. Taking on poor indoor air -- and the health risks it poses -- will be a necessary battle. But with today's state-of-the-art air filters, it is a battle that can -- and will -- be won. 

The world leader in air filtration systems, Camfil provides clean air solutions for hospitals, hotels, office buildings, educational institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies. We provide the tools to achieve sustainability, maintain high air quality, and reduce airborne infections -- all while lowering total cost of ownership. Camfil customers go green without ever sacrificing performance. For more information, visit us online at, or call us toll-free at 888.599.6620.

Media Contact: Lynne Laake, Camfil, 888.599.6620,

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