Students returning to Bergman Academy, an independent school located in Des Moines, Iowa, can breathe easy, according to a recent announcement from EnvrioKlenz. With ventilation, and air quality as a whole, having been a core focus for schools and experts nationwide, the situation at Berman Academy leaves no exceptions. With an estimated 300 children returning to in-person learning for the fall semester, EnviroKlenz will be installing 30 of its air purifiers within classrooms to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 while also providing cleaner air for students.
“Our environment is one of the most significant things that we can control, and we know that we need to use a layered strategy for enhanced air quality,” said Head of School, Christie Stover, expressing how grateful she was for adding the investment of EnviroKlenz Air System Pluses to the school’s ventilation standards for classrooms and common areas. “Knowing that the EnviroKlenz technology is so powerful gives me a great deal of confidence that our environment is as safe and healthy as it can be.”
The dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases in children due to the Delta variant along with the difficulties of vaccinating children 12 and under, means schools are left with little recourse in combatting the virus outside of ensuring the cleanest environment possible. And with the potential for many air cleaners on the market to be ineffective or even harmful, school leaders are hard-pressed to find what many consider to be a crucial component for safe operations.
Stover kept this urgency for better air quality in mind when choosing the EnviroKlenz Air System Plus to protect her school, stating: “It is exponentially impactful for our teachers and students, understanding the technology in the EnviroKlenz air purifiers, to be able to have cleaner air.”
How the EnviroKlenz Air System Works
The EnviroKlenz Air System Plus uses a multi-stage filtration system, including HEPA, UVC and its patented earth mineral Air Cartridge, which has been proven and validated by third-party lab testing to capture and destroy 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and other airborne toxins. Additionally, the Air System Plus does not release anything back into the environment, making it completely safe to operate around children so it can effectively improve overall air quality in any setting.
As part of the installation, Bergman Academy also participated in a live case study with EnviroKlenz assessing the effectiveness of its systems within the school space. Measuring particulates of 2.5 microns in size (PM2.5), a representative size to most viruses—including COVID-19—the Air System Plus was able to reduce air pollution to a safe level below the EPA national standard while also reducing PM 2.5 significantly during operating hours.
In choosing the Air System Plus, Bergman Academy is helping to set the standard for air quality considerations among the educational community in a way that ultimately becomes evergreen in nature. As Stover states: “It’s not just the return to school from COVID, but actually keeping students as safe as possible from all other types of airborne illnesses is something we want to be sure we can mitigate.”