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More about those Hillsborough school air conditioners



As teachers complained last week about air conditioning problems at the Hillsborough County schools, we asked a question that would be obvious to pretty much anyone who lives in Florida:

What about mold?

We were told, near week's end, that the district does NOT turn the air conditioners off on the weekend to save money, as some suspect.

Spokeswoman Tanya Arja told us more on Monday:

"The reason we turn up the setting temperature rather than shutting down the whole system every night and on weekends is because we are concerned about mold. We have given all schools a thermal-hygrometer to measure humidity and temperature levels in their areas of their schools. We have also installed commercial grade de-humidifiers in key areas of many schools. All of this to combat mold."


[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 5:45pm]


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