How Schools Can Take Advantage of Funds for HVAC Improvements

BY Alex Ayers
1/14/2021 - HVAC Government Affairs , COVID-19

Through Section 313 of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Congress approved $82 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to make adjustments to help deal with the pandemic including updates and maintenance to HVAC equipment.

Under this bill schools will be able to inspect, test, maintain, repair, replace, or upgrade their HVAC systems with the intention to improve indoor air quality in school facilities. These Section 313 funds can be used for HVAC systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacements.

All public and charter schools are eligible to receive these funds.

The funds will be transferred from the federal government to state governments by the end of January and states are expected to provide the funds directly to the school districts to use the funds for approved purposes including HVAC projects.

States have one year to spend these funds before they will be returned to the federal government. 


We partnered with AHRI to deliver The Anatomy of a Healthy School, an HVAC Primer for safety, comfort, and productivity. This infographic explains different ways schools can utilize these federal funds for HVAC system improvements to help combat COVID-19.  

Wholesale Distributors should pass these resources onto their Contractor customers to proactively reach out to local school districts and let them know they are available to provide these upgrades.

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If you have any questions about the COVID relief measures, please reach out to Alex Ayers (aayers@hardinet.org). HARDI will continue to monitor these programs as regulations are released and will update you on relevant information.