How air conditioning for schools combats climate change

Heating and cooling schools efficiently is essential for pupil comfort and with recent studies showing that higher classroom temperatures means pupils are less likely to focus on their work and get lower grades in exams, air conditioning is no longer optional. With this in mind, at a time when students are more engaged than ever with the challenge of climate change, air conditioning for schools is one way you can be seen to be taking action.

Air conditioners are significantly more efficient than many other methods of heating and cooling – unlike fans, they will not just recirculate hot and humid air around the building.

This means that in the summer, air conditioning for school buildings can directly reduce the air temperature inside while also managing the humidity levels.

And in winter, school air conditioners can be switched into heating mode, raising the temperature while circulating the warmer air much more efficiently than conventional heating systems do in large buildings.


Marching against climate change

School pupils around the world have become increasingly engaged with climate change protests, including the Global Climate Strike for the Future on March 15th 2019.

An estimated 1.4 million pupils walked out of school on that day in more than 2,000 cities around the world – seven scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Neumayer-Station III also held a rally in support of the strike, giving it a direct presence in Antarctica.

Schools need to be seen to respond to these worries with more than just talk. While it is important to maintain school premises for the comfort of staff and students, technologies like central air conditioning can do so with reduced energy consumption and/or more effective results.


Using air conditioning in schools efficiently

Installing air conditioning in schools makes good sense in terms of energy usage, efficiency and carbon footprint, but it’s equally important to use school air conditioners efficiently to keep running costs and carbon emissions down.

For example, air conditioning works best on enclosed air spaces – so resist the urge to also open the windows on a hot day, as this will just allow more warm air to enter the room as the air conditioner tries to cool it.

You can also save energy by adjusting your air conditioner’s thermostat, for example by setting it 1-2 degrees warmer in summer and 1-2 degrees colder when using it in heating mode in winter.

All of these relatively simple steps can help you to get the best results from school air conditioning, which is not only good news for students concerned about climate change and energy consumption in your school buildings, but also for the comfort of students and staff alike.

At Northwest Air Conditioning we find ourselves filling up around the warmer exam months installing air conditioning across classrooms and exam halls. If you would like to find out how your school could benefit from air conditioning, please call us on: 0161 941 5038.

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