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Air Quality in College Dorms

Posted on August 12, 2013
by Susana Escamilla

Back to school season is almost over. Many schools will begin fall sessions soon. Many college students are going back to their dorms and getting ready to organize their dorm area with their roommates. As we have learned, poor indoor air quality is one of the top five health concerns we currently face according to EPA. Dorms can be very compact and shared by several. Living in a small place and sharing it with others exposes students to increased levels of unwanted airborne substances and common allergens. In previous blogs, ventilation and using plants in your area can help maintain your indoor air quality stable. According to The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poor indoor air quality can affect concentration, attendance, and student performance.

Improper ventilation and other substances such as mold growing inside a dorm room, effects the students. Mold spores grow and are released in the air. There have been several colleges and universities that had to evacuate their students from their dorms because students were exposed to mold, which can lead to poor indoor air quality. For instance in 2010, mold was discovered at the University of Houston-Victoria and students had to be housed in a local hotel before moving into their dorms. The mold had to be professionally removed by a remediation company. Make sure that the dorms at your college campus are healthy for students to move in. Remember the number of people with asthma increases every year. Improve the air quality that the students are breathing in their dorm rooms. AIRTEK can assist you and help maintain the air quality in dorms feeling fresh. To learn more about the services that AIRTEK can offer please visit our WEBSITE and like our Facebook Community Page.

*Below is detailed infographic provided by “The Greenest College Campuses.” In California we have 5 Colleges that have made the pledge on going “Green”

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