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10.09.2021 – 20:31

Carrier Global Corporation

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (ots/PRNewswire)

Study supports earlier findings that improved indoor air quality leads to improved cognitive function and health of building users

For the first time on a global scale, new research has shown that healthy buildings with improved ventilation can improve cognitive functions and the health of residents, suggesting that ventilation and filtration are standout strategies for healthy buildings. The study, COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings, was conducted by researchers from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health as part of the prestigious COGfx study series, which examines the effects of indoor air quality on how people think and feel. This latest study supports the results of previous studies in laboratories and in the United States, and shows that good indoor air quality is not good for people’s health and safety, but also for business bottom line – through higher productivity, fewer sick days and better cognitive functioning.

“As more people return to their offices, schools and recreational activities, there is an increasing focus on indoor health, safety and intelligence,” said Dave Gitlin, Chairman & CEO of Carrier. “The COGfx study continues to show that adequate indoor ventilation and filtration plays an important role in promoting a proactive health strategy around the world. At Carrier, we are focused on delivering innovative solutions and services that are beneficial to health and productivity and affect the cognitive performance of residents in all buildings. “

The COGfx Study 3: Global Buildings looked at the effects of indoor air quality on the cognitive functions of office workers in six countries – China, India, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Research found that cognitive functions decrease with the increase in particulate matter (PM2.5) and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. An increased CO2 content can be an indicator of poor ventilation in buildings.

Mechanical ventilation, e.g. B. an HVAC system with efficient filtering can help protect the occupants of a building from the negative cognitive effects of PM2.5 and CO2. In addition to the acute effects on cognitive function, reducing PM2.5 exposure has been linked to many other health benefits, including reducing cardiovascular disease, asthma attacks, and premature death.

While the research focused on office workers in commercial buildings, the findings apply to all indoor spaces. Carrier offers a wide range of products and services designed to optimize indoor air quality, including a range of advanced solutions Carriers Healthy Buildings Program (Healthy Buildings Program) serving major industries such as healthcare, hospitality, education, retail, and shipping. Carrier’s Healthy Buildings Program offers the following innovations, among others:

  • Abound – A digital, cloud-native platform that brings together data from various systems and sensors and provides insights into air quality, thermal comfort and other performance data.
  • OptiClean (TM) Dual Mode Air Washer & Negative Air Machine – A portable negative air machine that purifies and removes air that may be contaminated with the coronavirus.
  • Indoor Air Quality Assessments (IAQ) – A selection of IAQ assessments to identify healthy building strategies that can be used in buildings now and ensure that the solutions will continue to be effective in the future.

This latest research builds on previous COGfx studies that have shown better thinking and better health can be found in healthier buildings. The first study found that cognitive function test results doubled when study participants were in a simulated green building environment with improved ventilation rather than in a conventional building environment. The COGfx study 2 examined real building environments in the USA and showed that employees in green-certified buildings had 26% higher cognitive function values ​​and 30% fewer symptoms than in non-green-certified buildings.

The COGfx Study 3 can be found here and the full reports are available at www.theCOGfxStudy.com. Follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #TheCOGfxStudy.

The study was supported primarily by Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR).

Carrier information

As the world’s leading provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, Carrier Global Corporation is committed to making the world safer, more sustainable and more comfortable for future generations. Right from the start, we’ve been at the forefront of inventing new technologies and entirely new industries. Today we continue to lead because we have a first-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do. For more information, see www.Corporate.Carrier.com or follow us on social media at @Carrier.

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