Air Conditioning Alternatives
Students requesting Air Conditioning for this or other reasons should be aware that dormitory regulations do not permit students to bring or install their own units. A/C is not guaranteed in undergraduate dormitories, as our facilities and infrastructure limit the ability to provide it to all students. Medical authorities have determined that air conditioners do not have any advantages in reducing air borne allergens over HEPA filters. However, based upon a student’s specific diagnosis, ODUS and University Health Services (UHS) will evaluate possible accommodations for a student’s medical condition.
- Keep windows closed overnight, early mornings, and on windy days. University administrators have identified products that do not require electricity, and have a good track record of reducing pollen and other allergens from entering through an open window. These products are typically adjustable window screens with nanofiber protection.
- In addition to changing the filter on your HEPA filter regularly, consider using a washable microfiber duster at least once a week on all surfaces
- In addition to windows, pollen and other allergens are carried into indoor spaces by people, primarily on clothing and in hair. This is why pillows can become vectors of allergens unless you use a dustcover and wash pillow cases frequently. It is a good idea to talk with any roommates to make sure they are aware of your needs and can also exercise care in taking measures to minimize carrying pollen into the room. For example, if you or your roommate goes for a run outside, then rests in your room for a bit before showering, you are likely to deposit outdoor pollen and dust indoors. Going directly to shower after spending a lot of time outdoors is recommended.
- Regarding cooling solutions that are compliant with our electrical code, in addition to fans, administrators have found portable air coolers (using chilled water) to be helpful.
It is always a good idea to double check with housing to make sure that any fans, dehumidifiers, or other air cleaning equipment is compliant with dormitory regulations.