Ventilation fan “is loud,” says roommate

You can always tell who has grown up with an overprotective and overly considerate family.

There are so many people my age who still don’t know how to live as adults because they were stunted by mom’s overabundant love.

I’m glad that they had such a nourishing upbringing and never had to face childhood challenges, but I don’t think that it really serves them in the long run. Recently, for instance, I realized that my new roommate doesn’t know the first thing about indoor air temperature control, cleaning, or even showering. For the first few weeks, I thought it was strange that he seems to disappear into the bathroom for long periods of time. I didn’t mind very much because we don’t share a bathroom – I figured whatever nasty odors he was releasing into his indoor air was separate enough from my own. I didn’t comment on his strange bathroom habits or make a big deal out of the potential for high water bills. And then, I started noticing the mildew. One day I looked up and saw that there was black mildew growing out of my air vent in my bedroom. I began going around the house, trying to figure out where all of this indoor moisture could be coming from. We operated the central cooling system on a daily basis and the AC unit had been turbocharged with a separate dehumidifier, to boot. Therefore, it seems very strange that we were having this humidity related air quality issue. I finally got the answer when I ventured into his bathroom for the first time. His walls were completely covered with black and green mildew. When I asked him about it, he told me that he noticed how steamy the air got in there, but the ventilation fan was too loud for him to hear his podcast during his hour long showers.



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