Breathing Easy

Okay, I have a question: how important is the air we breathe?

I know, I know – it’s a ridiculous question. Look, I’m no dummy, and I know it’s pretty important that we breathe. But how big of a deal is it if, for instance, my apartment has mold? Is it going to give me serious long-term problems, or am I fine just leaving with the weird smell for a semester and then moving into a new place next year?

Why Clean Air Matters

I live in a pretty cheap apartment near campus. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles, but I’m fine with that. There is one thing that concerns me a little bit, though, and that’s the fact that there is mold around and the air kind of smells… funny. It makes me worried that I’m breathing “unhealthy air,” or something. It doesn’t help that my roommate is a smoker, though he likes to think that the cigarette smell overpowers the moldy smell (thanks, I guess!). How concerned should I be about the air I’m breathing when I’m at home? I’m only there at night and a few hours during the day, and only when school is in session, if that matters.