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Tips to minimize humidity problems

Environmental Health and Safety offers guidance on keeping your living environment healthy

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, the following preventative measures 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:     

  • Keep room windows closed to prevent humid air from entering if you are in an air conditioned space, and during inclement weather.
  • Maintain a consistent temperature within the space. Suggested temperature ranges for winter are 68-74 degrees Fahrenheit and for summer are 73-79 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Do not open windows in common spaces, such as lounges or hallways.
  • Do not block vents from the air conditioning units.  Allow for proper air circulation.
  • Keep all room surfaces clean and dry.
  • Use good housekeeping techniques: Damp dust and vacuum routinely (ensure vacuum bag is intact and changed regularly) and empty garbage, etc.
  • Launder and dry any damp items immediately.
  • Keep all objects with a metal exterior out of the air conditioner unit airstream.
  • Keep kitchen fan on while cooking to remove cooking odors.

For UD housing, report any leaks, air conditioner or other related maintenance issues immediately. Call the Facilities Operations Center at 302-831-1141 or email FIXIT@udel.edu.

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