Just because you can't see indoor air pollutants doesn't mean they arent there. This is the message Sam Gault, president of Gault Energy in Westport, hopes to spread during a month-long campaign called "Breathe Easy."
Launched March 7, the campaign is aimed at educating the public about the common causes and health effects of poor indoor air quality, which, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the top five health concerns in the country.
"A lot of people don't realize they might not have as clean a home as they could, in terms of air quality," said Gault. "There are all these things you don't know you're breathing in."
This is something Gault experienced firsthand. Since the time his now-11-year-old daughter was about 5 or 6, she suffered from asthma, triggered by common indoor allergens such as dust. Her symptoms were sometimes so severe she had to use a nebulizer.
In an attempt to ease his daughter's symptoms, Gault said his family became proactive in trying to improve their home's air quality. They tried a number of electronic air filters and even removed the carpeting from her room. But it wasn't until they installed an AtmosAir system in their home that Gault said his daughter's symptoms greatly improved.
It's this personal experience, he said, that inspired him to launch the campaign. "Your quality of life is not so great when you have to deal with allergies all the time," Gault said.
For the campaign, Gault has teamed with WEBE 108 FM and the Fairfield-based company AtmosAir Solutions to host a series of "Did you know" radio spots that will inform the public about common indoor air pollutants and ways to improve indoor air quality.
"It's another thing we do here at Gault as it all relates to [heating, ventilating and air conditioning]," he said, explaining that indoor air quality and energy efficiency go hand in hand. "We're all about making people's homes more comfortable, cleaner, healthier and more energy efficient."
During the campaign, one family has the opportunity to win an AtmosAir system for their home. For more details, visit WEBE 108 online.
How have you dealt with air quality problems in your home?
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