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The Confidence to Get Back to School

In K-12 schools, there’s nothing more important than the health and safety of your students and staff – and there’s no company better equipped to help.

 
Healthier schools start here. And thanks to new federal funding, they can start now.

The United States government has set aside nearly $200 billion for COVID-related stimulus efforts, including HVAC system updates and safety supplies in K-12 schools.

As the leading global provider of innovative healthy, safe and sustainable building solutions, Carrier is expanding its Healthy Buildings Program offerings to help K-12 students, teachers and staff safely return to in-person instruction. Your local Carrier expert can provide guidance on accessing ESSER funding from the application process and language to timing.

Let your local Carrier expert provide guidance and solutions on how to make your K-12 schools healthier.

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Returning to School, Shaping the Future

Much of the immediate focus of healthy building efforts and the new funding is around infection control and overcoming the challenges of safely resuming in-person learning. But the new funding also presents schools with a significant opportunity to address the longer term benefits of enhanced learning environments, including improved well-being and cognitive function of students and staff.

By high school graduation, the average American student will have spent more than 15,000 hours in school, which means their well-being is directly tied to the health of their learning environments.1

According to the Government Accountability Office, half of all schools in the U.S. have unsatisfactory indoor air quality (IAQ) and nearly 36,000 need HVAC updates.2

For every hour increase in the air exchange rate in schools, there was a 12% decrease in sick days.3

Poorly ventilated classrooms showed a 5% decrease in “power of attention,” roughly equivalent to the impact that a student might feel if skipping breakfast.4


1 Harvard Healthy Buildings Program (2017) ▪ 2 U.S. Government Accountability Office (2020) ▪ 3 Kolarik et al. (2016) ▪ 4 Coley et al. (2007)

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What you need to know. What you can do.

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When it comes to keeping your kids safe and healthy, no one is a better advocate than you. And with infection control more important than ever and new government funding available, now is the time to make your voice heard. Below, you’ll find resources to help you communicate with your superintendent, school board and other administrators to help drive the effort for healthier schools at a time it’s critically important.


The Science

The Solutions

How You Can Help

You can make an impact on your child’s learning environment and their overall health and well-being. Start by communicating with your school administration using these key pieces of information as your guide. Use these talking points when addressing your School Board, Superintendent, Principal and/or PTO/PTA:

  • "It’s important to me that my child returns to in-person learning safely. To help ensure a safe environment, our school should not only be following all appropriate CDC guidance, but also making sure that building systems provide the necessary ventilation and filtration to reduce the risk of virus transmission."

  • "Improved indoor air quality and healthy environments in our schools can play a critical role in infection control as students return. In addition to the immediate benefits, research has shown that improved indoor environments yield long-term advantages for students and staff as well. This includes enhanced student performance and power of attention, reduced sick days and more. Here is a look at some of the research supporting the long-term benefits of healthy schools."

  • "There are a number of ways to help create healthier school environments for our children. These range from full HVAC system updates to everyday behavioral changes. One simple way to make a significant and immediate impact is the Carrier OptiClean™ air scrubber. These units can be rolled into place in classrooms or other areas of the school and plugged into a standard outlet. They quietly, efficiently improve indoor air quality using HEPA filters. Schools around the country are already using this innovative solution to help keep students safe and healthy."

As a teacher, you want to be able to connect with your students in person. But you also need to know that you’re doing so safely. Below, you’ll find resources to help you understand and communicate with your school's administrators: the benefits of improved air quality for you and your students, the availability of government funding and why now is a critically important time to improve learning environments.


The Science

The Solutions

How You Can Help

You can be a voice for health and safety in your school. Use these key talking points when discussing Indoor Air Quality with your school administrators.

  • "It’s important to me that my students resume in-person learning in a way that is safe for all of us. To help ensure a safe environment, our school should not only be following all appropriate CDC guidance, but also making sure that building systems provide the necessary ventilation and filtration to reduce the risk of virus transmission in our classrooms."

  • "Improved indoor air quality and healthy environments in our school can play a critical role in infection control as we return. In addition to the immediate benefits, research has shown that improved indoor environments yield long-term advantages as well. This includes enhanced student performance and power of attention, reduced sick days and more. Here is a look at some of the research supporting the long-term benefits of healthy schools."

  • "Now is the time to make improvements to HVAC and other building systems. I know that there are millions in funding available to our school, as the Omnibus spending bill passed in late 2020 set aside more than $54 billion for system upgrades and healthy building solutions."

  • "There are a number of ways to help create a healthier school environment. I would like to advocate for the Carrier OptiClean™ air scrubber as a simple, effective option. These units can be rolled into place in classrooms or other areas of the school and plugged into a standard outlet. They quietly, efficiently improve indoor air quality using HEPA filters. Schools around the country are already using this innovative solution to help keep students safe and healthy, and we should be able to as well."

You know your school’s HVAC system and how important necessary updates are to ensure healthy indoor air quality. And you most likely know that now is the time to take action given the nearly $200 billion in new federal funding. But do you know how to best improve your unique system? Below are a host of resources you may find useful. And when you are ready to make a call, your local Carrier expert is ready to understand your school’s unique requirements – and offer precise recommendations tailored to meet them.


The Science

The Solutions

How You Can Help

There has never been a better time for you to approach school and district administrators about HVAC and healthy building upgrades. You can use these key messages to help drive the conversation.

  • “It’s part of my responsibility to ensure a healthy and safe environment every day in our school. While this past year has created new challenges, there are currently some significant opportunities to drive improvements that can help drive student and staff health and enhance the learning environment for years to come.”

  • “Now is the time to make improvements to HVAC and other building systems. We can achieve significant upgrades without dipping into school budgets or my maintenance budget by accessing the government funding available via the nearly $200 billion Omnibus spending bill.”

  • “With government funding, the facilities department will be able to address long-needed HVAC upgrades at a time it matters most. These enhancements will not only help with health and infection control in the short term, but research has shown ongoing performance benefits for students and staff as well.”

  • “There are many ways we can improve our schools, classrooms and student health. One great starting point is installing a Carrier OptiClean™ air scrubber into each classroom. They easily roll into each classroom and plug into a standard outlet to quietly, efficiently improve indoor air quality. And for me and my team, maintenance is minimal and affordable. Unlike other filtration solutions that may require nearly half a million dollars in filters, four times a year, OptiClean filters only need to be changed every 4.5 years.”

  • “As we look to make healthy building improvements and HVAC upgrades, we won’t be alone. Carrier experts are available to help. Carrier is a world leader in HVAC that offers a full line of Healthy Schools solutions and services. They can partner with us to determine the right strategies, support us for the entire lifecycle.”

  • “The Carrier BluEdge K-12 program provides an outcome-based approach to help us easily select the best indoor air quality kits for our needs, with attractive pricing and easier implementation. I can connect with an expert to get us started.”

Infection control. Improved student focus and performance. Greater staff health and satisfaction. There are many reasons to implement healthy building strategies in schools – and the federal government just added nearly 200 billion more. We’re talking about nearly $200 billion right now in federal funds for critical improvements including HVAC equipment and controls solutions. And as we await a decision on even more federal support, check out the resources below then connect with your local Carrier expert to get started.


The Science

The Solutions

How You Can Help

You can be a voice for health and safety in your school. Use these key talking points to communicate that student and staff well-being is your priority when discussing Indoor Air Quality with your administration peers, facility managers, staff, students and their parents.

  • Understanding the Impact. “Improved indoor air quality and healthy environments in our schools can play a critical role in infection control as we return. In addition to the immediate benefits, research has shown that improved indoor environments yield long-term advantages as well. This includes enhanced student performance, focused attention, reduced sick days and more.”

  • Exploring Our Options. “There are a number of ways to help create a healthier school environment. I would like to advocate for the Carrier OptiClean™ air scrubber as a simple, effective option. These units can be rolled into place in a classroom (and multiple units in larger areas of the school such as the cafeteria) and plug into a standard outlet. They quietly and efficiently improve indoor air quality using HEPA filters.”

  • Partnering with an Expert. “Carrier is recognized for their expertise in HVAC and healthy buildings. Their team has extensive knowledge and experience in working with K-12 schools. We can work with them to determine the right solutions, services and strategies moving forward.”
Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your K-12 School

The quality of the air inside K-12 classrooms and other indoor spaces has never been a more critical issue. And the experts at Carrier are ready to help.

We’ll help you evaluate—and if necessary upgrade—four essential aspects of your school’s current HVAC system to make sure it delivers the high level of indoor air quality (IAQ) necessary to support key wellness initiatives.


Four ways to improve your school's indoor air quality—without replacing your current HVAC system


The higher the MERV rating, the more efficient the filter. ASHRAE recommends MERV 13 for K-12 schools whenever possible.

UV lights not only kill select pathogens—they keep coils clean, which reduces pressure drop and enables the installation of more sophisticated air filters.

Keeping indoor humidity within the ASHRAE 55 suggested range (40% and 60%) can minimize the effects of bacteria and allergens.

Bringing in more fresh outside air to replace indoor air can help reduce airborne pathogens and other contaminants.

Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your K-12 School

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Improve Filtration with Carrier OptiClean™

The HEPA air scrubber that’s ready to roll into every classroom.

Designed for medical facilities, the Carrier OptiClean is the fastest, most visible way to show your commitment to your students, teachers, and staff.

  • Rapid deployment—just roll it in and plug the cord into any outlet
  • High-efficiency HEPA air filtration—99.97% efficient long-life (~40,000 hour) HEPA filter removes particles as small as 0.3 microns
  • Portable, flexible, and easy to reconfigure—ideal when requirements can change quickly and unpredictably; it moves easily from room to room, and can be operated vertically or horizontally
  • Supplements your existing system—quickly reduces select airborne pathogens without replacing or modifying your installed HVAC equipment
  • Easy to specify—for example, to get 6 air changes per hour in a room with a 10’ ceiling, you’ll need 1 CFM of scrubbing for every ft2 of floor space (e.g., one 500 CFM scrubber for a 500 ft2 classroom)
  • Exceeds ASHRAE’s school reopening recommendation* that portable electric HEPA machines be introduced into each classroom and provide a minimum of two air changes per hour
  • Choose from three sizes—500, 600 and 1500 CFM

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ASHRAE® is a registered service mark of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.

Add More Outdoor Air

We’ll recommend the quickest, most cost-effective ways to bring more fresh outside air into your school’s HVAC system and indoor spaces—from simple tweaks and settings adjustments to adding new or retrofit equipment.

One option: Install an OEM or retrofit Economizer feature on your packaged rooftop unit(s), and enjoy the money-saving benefits of free cooling while introducing more fresh air into your learning spaces.

Control Humidity

Depending on your building design and location, you may need to add OR remove humidity to meet ASHRAE’s guidelines.

Possible recommendations: If your school is in a hot, humid state, we may suggest our Humidi-MiZer® adaptive dehumidification system. If your school’s air is too dry, we’ll refer you to companies that specialize in humidifiers.

Install UV Lights

We can suggest options for UV lights to keep your coils’ surfaces clean.

UV-C Lighting technology emits energy which targets and damages air contaminants such as microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, mold, and other volatile contaminants on the coil and helps prolong equipment life.

Your school’s needs are unique. Our recommendations will be, too.

Think about the spaces in your school’s building. The components and condition of your HVAC system. The budget you have to work with. And your schedule— your own and your school’s.

No other school has quite the same requirements. But your local Carrier expert is ready to learn all about your school’s unique requirements—and offer recommendations precisely tailored to meet them.

Our BluEdge K-12 service program provides an outcome-based approach to help you select the best IAQ kits for your school’s needs, with attractive pricing and easier implementation.

As the U.S. government prepares to roll out the $2 trillion American Rescue Plan Act for coronavirus relief, Carrier is expanding its Healthy Buildings Program offerings to help K-12 students, teachers and staff safely return to in-person instruction. These new K-12 indoor air quality solutions provide simple, flexible, cost-effective kits for schools to protect occupant health while enabling in-person instruction. For more information, read about the Carrier BluEdge K-12 program and contact your local Carrier expert today.

Healthier Air. Healthier Buildings.

Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program provides an expanded suite of advanced solutions to help deliver healthier, safer, more efficient and productive indoor air quality regardless of your building type/indoor environment. From innovative products, controls and system design solutions to remote services including assessments, maintenance and re-commissioning, you can trust Carrier’s 100+ years of experience creating optimal indoor air environments to help you with yours.

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