ESSER – Education Stimulus Funding & Indoor Air Quality

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. federal government has provided public and private schools, colleges and universities with over $257 billion in funding – these funds are meant to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for both students and teachers alike.

Your school can also benefit from this funding to modernize your HVAC and building management system, thus increasing your building’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ) for many years to come. The ESSER or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund also offers an added benefit – the cost savings associated with these efficiency improvements will free up funding for future school projects. The only downside is the fact that the ESSER Fund will expire in 2023, so it’s worthwhile to start doing your research now and apply.  

What investments qualify?

Over 90% of the funds are available for a wide category of needs, including aid to mental health services, plexiglass barriers, sanitizers, masks, testing kits and upgrades meant to improve air quality such as building management systems and Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

ESSER Funding for Improving Indoor Air Quality Include:

Air cleaning systems that improve filtration, purification and ventilation

  • Replacement of aging HVAC systems and building controls, as well as repair, maintenance, testing and inspection of these systems.

  • Implementing and improving technologies related to temperature scanning, access control, security systems and occupancy counting.

  • Outdoor learning infrastructure, such as renewable-energy sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment for hands-on STEM education.

  • Energy performance modernization and contracting services that increase financial flexibility for upgrades.

  • Any other improvements that enable schools to reduce the risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards while supporting student health needs.

Why is indoor air quality important?

Improving indoor air quality reduces the spread of any airborne pathogens but the overall benefits are greater. There is a scientific correlation between lower student performance on tests and poor indoor air quality. Rooms and buildings with high concentrations of carbon dioxide and airborne pollutants can be harmful to human health.  

Modern BMS & HVAC Systems VS Older Versions

Advanced building management systems provide your building’s HVAC with a powerful centralized computer that can pinpoint faulty equipment, shift from reactive to proactive maintenance, track energy usage and improve overall efficiency. Older systems require manual operation or feature pneumatic controls with limited intelligence.

Modern HVAC systems such as economizers, air handles and chillers can help you ventilate, cool and heat your building using less energy than ever before. The equipment itself can be fully automated to achieve maximum energy efficiency. All these intelligent systems will help you comply with Covid-19 regulations and enhance safety for staff, teachers and students.

How can I Access ESSER Funding?

The ESSER funding process varies from state to state, so you should contact your state’s education department for more information on requirements and methodology.

How can I Improve my IAQ?

There’s no better time than now to invest in your school’s infrastructure, building controls and HVAC systems. ESSER funding is set to expire in 2023, so contact Advanced Control Corporation for a complete design solution to improve your facility’s indoor air quality and energy effectiveness.  

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