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School District in North Carolina Hires Contractors to Install 5,000 Bipolar Ionization Purifiers

Learn how this North Carolina school district is installing bipolar ionization purifiers into all of their school buildings. Learn how they work, and how they are using federal funding to improve indoor air quality.
Last Updated on January 22, 2021

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In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, contractors are busy installing school bipolar ionization purifiers into HVAC systems. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) has a total of 82 school buildings. The current focus is on installing these devices into school buildings on “flex” Wednesdays when students aren’t in classrooms.

WS/FCS is starting with elementary schools first, and then moving to the larger middle and high school buildings. Today, 45 of the 82 schools are breathing cleaner air, said Barry Motsinger, WS/FCS Director of Capital Projects.

“They produce clean air and you can tell the difference,” Motsinger said in an interview with WXII NBC news. “It does kill viruses; it helps kill mold. Kids with asthma, it should help them, also. So even without COVID, this is not a bad idea.”

The district hopes the project is completed by the end of February.  They are the first school district in North Carolina to install bipolar ionization purifiers. There’s a growing demand for cleaner air and improving indoor air quality in schools.

How School Bipolar Ionization Purifiers Work

School bipolar ionization purifiers produce negative and positive ions, or air scrubbers to render viruses and pollutants inactive. They attach to most indoor air pollutants, including germs, mold and dust. They also work to improve HVAC filters by clumping pollutants together, making particulates in the air bigger and easier to capture.  

By eliminating these indoor air pollutants, you reduce students’ chances of an allergic or asthma reaction. Clean air improves a student’s academic achievement performance. It also decreases student absenteeism due to illness.

Can Your Child’s School Get Purifiers Installed?

Absolutely. Congress approved $82 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Relief Emergency Fund. This money can be used to test, maintain, repair, replace and upgrade HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality.  This includes purification, filtration, humidity control and ventilation solutions.  

States and school districts have one year to use these funds before they are returned back to the federal government. Help your child’s school take advantage of these funds for HVAC improvements.  We can help you get in touch with your local HVAC or IAQ specialist.

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