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Best Practices for Your Air Unit

Excessive moisture, both inside and outside, is a contributing factor to the presence of mold. 


Some steps you can take to reduce moisture in your room are: 

Keep your room temperature set at a regular, moderate temperature to keep moisture levels low (around 70-73 degrees). Keep the fan turned to auto. 

The temperature on each room air unit can be set by using the thermostat under the cover plate that flips open. It is not recommended to fluctuate between extreme temperatures or to regularly turn the unit off/on. 

One of the best ways to improve air circulation is by turning on fans. Fans promote airflow and help reduce excess moisture. They reduce a room's overall humidity. 


Keep your windows closed.

Opening windows introduces more moisture into the room.


Wipe up excess moisture.

Dropping temperatures squeeze moisture from the air, causing condensation, or drops of water, to form on surfaces such as windows and desktops. Cleaning these areas with a dry cloth removes the moisture.


Keep the area in front of your air unit clear.

HVAC systems are designed to remove moisture from the air during the cooling season, but blocking the unit with furniture, clothing, etc., prevents the air from circulating and the unit from doing its job.


Frequently clean your room and wipe down your air unit with disinfectant wipes.

The buildup of dust can contribute to allergens in the air and can cause issues with your air unit.Take out your trash, wash dishes, and throw away old food as often as possible.


Wash and Dry Bedding and Clothing Often

All campus residents have access to free laundry in their residence hall. Regularly wash and dry clothing, bedding, and towels. Mold spores are easily carried in from outside on clothing, shoes, and backpacks. Regularly wipe down/sanitize items that cannot be laundered.


Report Maintenance Issues Promptly

Report issues in your room quickly so crews can investigate and address the matter quickly. Visit www.wku.edu/housing/maintenance to submit a maintenance request.

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 Last Modified 10/12/21