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School Bus Filters for Better Air Quality

(La Porte, IN) - Buses in the La Porte Community School Corporation will have better air quality.


The school district has partnered with Lumin-Air to install MERV-13 equivalent filters and UV-C in the buses. The system will clean recirculated air, remove airborne contaminants, and maintain the safety of students and bus drivers.


“Cleaning and filtering the air on our school buses is another layer of protection in helping to mitigate the spread of illness while better protecting our students and drivers,” said Cary Brinkman, Transportation Director for the school corporation.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges limiting diesel exhaust inhalation, especially for children who still have developing pulmonary systems.


School officials said the Lumin-Air solution includes MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UV-C lights in an enclosure, which cleans and filters recirculated air throughout an occupied bus. Officials said it does not put ions, hydroxyl radicals, gases, or harmful chemicals that claim to kill virus or bacteria cells into the air.


The UV-C is entirely contained in an enclosure and safe for occupied spaces.


“We are excited to make a positive impact on the air quality of our buses. Thanks to Lumin-Air for all of their work and services, which brought this project to fruition,” said La Porte Schools Superintendent Mark Francesconi.

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