Without air conditioning in the summer, mold can thrive

When I was completing my graduate degree in public health, one of my group assignments was to research different types of mold and its effects.

This sounds like a terribly boring topic, and to be honest it was.

Even though it was boring, this information was useful to me. When I first moved to the southeastern region of the country, I moved into a small but affordable apartment. My rent was cheap, but with that came some issues. There was no one living in the apartment for months prior to my arrival, so the air conditioning was not running at all. Due to the humid climate, there was mold build up in my apartment that I was unaware of. I developed an intense cough, and finally figured out what the culprit was. Mold is a fungal growth that absolutely loves a damp environment. If you live in a humid area,that creates moisture in your home automatically. Moisture in your home becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. Mold can cause health problems like coughing, watery eyes, difficulty breathing, and more. Do not panic if you also live in the southeastern region of the country. As long as you get routine maintenance done on your air conditioner unit, clean your air conditioner filters, and run your air conditioner in the most hot and humid months you will help prevent mold from growing in your home. Air conditioning removes moisture from the air, and that is what mold loves. If you remove the moisture with A/C, the mold will have nowhere to grow.



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