The benefits of air conditioning in classrooms

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a hot classroom – whether you’re the teacher or the pupil. This results in poor concentration levels among students, and higher levels of irritation and frustration which can lead to disruptions. The last thing you want is for lessons to be cancelled, interrupted or cut short as a result of the weather.

The simple solution to this is to install air conditioning in classrooms, which Sovereign has been doing for 35 years.  Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of air-conditioned schools and classrooms:

Comfort in the learning environment

Many schools are limited for space as a result of teacher shortages and high pupil numbers, which leads to fuller classrooms that heat up quickly and easily. Air conditioning ensures that even overcrowded classrooms can maintain comfort levels.

While portable units can be conveniently used in a variety of spaces, they are generally ineffective and expensive to hire for long periods. Therefore fixed installations are preferable, as they reliably control the temperature for the whole space, and once purchased will operate for many years without the need for ongoing hire costs..

Higher levels of concentration

Hot temperatures make it difficult for even the brightest and most conscientious of pupils to concentrate. When exposed to high temperatures, the brain starts to switch off in an attempt to urge the body to cool down.

By regulating the temperature of the classroom, students will be able to concentrate even when temperatures outside are soaring. This also benefits teachers, who are able to deliver more engaging and effective lessons because they’re not trying to calm down a class full of hot, irritated pupils.

Air conditioning systems in schools are an investment that pay off when the learning process is no longer hampered by warmer weather.

Greater flexibility

Knowing they have control over the temperature, teacher’s won’t have to cancel or change mentally demanding lessons just because of hot weather. Pupils are able to concentrate regardless of the temperatures outside, and teachers can do what they do best – teach. 

Decreased risk of heat stroke

With high temperatures also comes the risk of heat stroke, which can lead to pupils falling ill in school and may also lead to absences that reflect badly on both individuals and the school as a whole.

It’s best to decrease the risk of heat stroke in any way possible, and one of the easiest ways to do this is by ensuring your school has an effective air conditioning system installed.

Help pupils with asthma

Air conditioning is also important for other conditions, such as asthma. According to Asthma UK, 1.1 million children in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma.

One of the recommended actions for tackling asthma is to maintain a low humidity and keep indoor air clean.

The easiest way to do this is through air conditioning, as this can help reduce humidity levels as well as airborne pollen from trees and grasses. It can also lessen exposure to dust mites, which can also trigger asthma and allergies.

Air conditioning systems for schools

For many schools who are already hampered by tight budgets, air conditioning installation may seem like a stretch. However, there are several solutions that will keep running costs low, including a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air con system or split air conditioners.

VRF air con systems have built-in heat recovery, which reduces the cost of cooling, while enabling multiple indoor units to connect to a single outdoor appliance. These systems also provide a precise zoning system for air conditioning, as well as allow for customisation of temperatures in different indoor areas. This maintains optimal temperatures in each room in the building.

Get in touch today

With over 35 years’ experience in commercial air conditioning and a 24-hour repair service that runs seven days a week, Sovereign is best placed to help you install a suitable HVAC system in your school.

Contact us today to talk about HVAC options for keeping your school or college cool or warm with a bespoke, cost-effective air conditioning system.

We can install energy-efficient air con units in classrooms, lecture halls, science laboratories, libraries, seminar rooms, sports halls and IT rooms in schools, colleges and educational institutes. All our engineers are F-Gas certified, giving you peace of mind.

Author: Gareth Whalley
Sharing my vast knowledge in the Air Conditioning and Mechanical services field especially in HVAC installation, service and maintenance across a broad range of sectors, including Healthcare, Education, Transport, Banking, Retail and Commercial developments.