Jan 23, 2019

Breathing Easy

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I live in an off-campus apartment that, to be honest, is not the nicest place in the world. My roommates and I are pretty laid-back guys, though, so we don’t care too much about the poor condition of the floors or the fact that the sink drips. One thing that is a little weird, though, is the way the air feels in the place–it’s kind of smelly, like the place is wet (which it is in some places, because of the bad plumbing). We see mold around a lot, which one of my roommates cleans (with some success) using a spray bottle of some kind of anti-mold thing. In the winter, when the windows are all closed up, some of us start to worry about the air quality. But I looked up information about molds and stuff, and I don’t think this is a “bad” mold. Should we be worried, or is this typical college apartment stuff?


It’s no secret that the air we breathe matters. When it comes to big events like wildfires, the wildfire smoke impact evaluators at Forensic Analytical say, the public and the media are quick to recognize the dangers of breathing in air full of harmful particles. But when it comes to the less obvious issue of indoor air quality, many of us fail to realize the importance of the very air we breathe.


That’s a mistake, say HVAC technicians at Skelton’s Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration in Birmingham, Alabama. Filtering air is a key part of any HVAC system, and it’s important to keep any living space clear of harmful particles from mold and other sources.


Why? The answer is simple: breathing dirty air is bad for you! To be more specific, air full of unnecessary or harmful particles can cause health issues that include sore throats, headaches, and nausea. Poor air quality can also exacerbate existing health conditions like asthma and heart disease. Prolonged exposure to some contaminants can even cause cancer. And many of these effects can be caused by even the more “harmless” types of mold you think you may be dealing with. Just because your mold isn’t the most dangerous type on the planet doesn’t mean that it’s something you should be breathing in!


Your roommate’s efforts may help, and it’s certainly true that mold can be tackled with sprays purchased at hardware stores or even with some home remedies. But don’t be afraid to call in your landlord and ask for help–you may need a mold remediation expert or some other more significant assistant. It’s not strange to be disturbed by the mold in your space–the air you breathe matters!


“Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.” — Amit Ray

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