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UD offers students tips for maintaining a healthy living environment


3:46 p.m., Aug. 21, 2013--As the fall semester gets underway, the University of Delaware Department of Environmental Health and Safety offers some important tips on actions students can take to maintain a healthy living environment in their residence halls, apartments and off-campus housing.

Regardless of where students live, preventative measures below can help to minimize moisture as well as poor air quality. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Residence Life and Housing encourage students to keep the following actions in mind.

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  • Keep room windows closed to prevent humid air from entering, especially while the air conditioning units are on and during inclement weather. Also, maintain a consistent temperature within the space. Suggested temperature ranges are 68–74 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 73–79 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.
  • Do not open windows in common spaces, such as lounges or hallways.
  • Do not block vents from the air conditioning units, as it does not allow for proper air circulation.
  • Keep all room surfaces clean and dry.
  • Use good housekeeping techniques. Empty the garbage cans, dust and vacuum routinely. Also, be sure to keep cleaning items, such as vacuum bags, changed regularly.
  • Launder and dry any damp items immediately.
  • Keep all objects with a metal exterior out of the air conditioning unit airstream.
  • Keep kitchen fan on while cooking, as it removes cooking odors.

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