La Porte Schools Install High-Tech Air Filtration on Buses – Inside Indiana Business

La Porte Community School Corp. is working with Indy-based Lumin-Air to install an air filtration system on buses. (photo provided)

When students from La Porte Community School Corp. take the bus next fall, the air they breathe during the trip should be improved and safer. The school corporation is partnering with Indianapolis-based Lumin-Air to install its filtration system on school buses in the district.

Inside Indiana Business previously reported on the company that developed the system that cleans recirculated air and removes airborne contaminants.

The technology uses MERV-13 equivalent filters and UV-C illumination in a fully contained enclosure.

“Cleaning and filtering the air on our school buses provides another layer of protection to help mitigate the spread of disease while better protecting our students and drivers,” said Cary Brinkman, director of transportation for LPCSC.

The company was founded in 2020 and has promoted its ultraviolet technology as a way to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 (COVID), influenza and other respiratory viruses.

The company said the technology is particularly relevant for school buses, where children and drivers are seated in an enclosed space for an extended period.

“School buses have always been the safest way to get to and from school, but they are also the most densely occupied spaces in a school system with the worst air quality,” said Dan Fillenwarth, president of Lumin-Air.

The La Porte Community School Corp. has 11 schools and serves more than 6,500 students.

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