Ep. 172: Indoor Air Quality Tips

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Summary: On today's episode, I'm talking with Dr. Anna Scott about Indoor Air Quality, tips for improving, and how you can keep it monitored with the Clair!<br> <br> <br> <br> We're back with our 172nd episode of the Fed+Fit Podcast! Remember to check back every Monday for a new episode and be sure to subscribe on iTunes!<br> <br> Find us HERE on iTunes and be sure to "subscribe."<br> <br> <br> <br> <br> Episode 172 Sponsors<br> <br> Thrive Market - for an EXTRA 25% off your first purchase PLUS a free 30 day trial via THIS link!<br> Lorissa's Kitchen - for 20% off on Amazon, click HERE and use code "20OFFLK"<br> <br> Episode 172 Transcription<br> <br> Cassy Joy: Welcome back to another episode of the Fed and Fit podcast. I am your host, Cassy Joy Garcia. And today is a really interesting interview. This is something that I personally find very fascinating. We’re interviewing Dr. Anna Scott. Let me tell you a little bit about her, and then I’m going to pass the baton over so she can expand on that.<br> <br> Dr. Anna Scott is a mathematician and an environmental scientist turned entrepreneur. Her company, Clair, builds air monitoring devices that help everyone breathe easier by letting you know what’s in the air, and what you can do about it. Dr. Anna received her PhD in Atmospheric Science from John’s Hopkins University. Welcome to the show Dr. Anna!<br> <br> Dr. Anna Scott: Thank you, Cassy. Thanks so much for having me.<br> <br> Cassy Joy: Oh my goodness, thank you so much for coming on. Like I said, this really is something that I find very fascinating. But before we get to the nitty-gritty details of indoor air quality, I would love it if you could share a little bit more about yourself. What got you into this industry? What really inspired you? And tell us a little bit more about Clair.<br> <br> Dr. Anna Scott: Yeah. So I’m a scientist by training. In college I studied math, and then I took this course where I started learning about the environment. And I thought; wow, this is pretty cool. So I kept doing that. And I found myself in graduate school, and I was studying atmospheric science. Which means I studied what’s going on in the air around us affects everybody. And I ended up talking to a lot of families while doing that. And one thing that kept coming up is I was sort of explaining things about big, big problems like climate change, and heat waves, and natural disasters. People wanted to know if what they were breathing in the air around them was safe.<br> <br> So that sort of inspired me to dig in a little bit more to finding out about some chemistry in the air. How it affects us, the health effects. And then finally I decided that there wasn’t enough around us to fix this problem. So I got together with a couple of my engineering buddies, and we started making these devices.<br> <br> Cassy Joy: Very neat. Tell me more about these devices. What exactly do they do?<br> <br> Dr. Anna Scott: Yeah. We design devices that measure what’s in the air. So, we target specific types of pollutants that are known to be common problems in the air around you. And we put together a bunch of sensors into a cute little box that can sit in your home, and tell you if those things are at levels that are problematic or not. And our app tells you what to do about it.<br> <br> Cassy Joy: So interesting! So what would you say are some of the qualities. I’m sitting here, of course, in a room. I’m inside. {laughs}<br> <br> Dr. Anna Scott: {laughs}<br> <br> Cassy Joy: It’s one of those, when you first learn about the toxins that can be found in some of our favorite convenience foods, and maybe some of the things that’s in our water. You just start seeing the world as it is. Air quality has not been one that I really ever thought about, outside of maybe mold. Right; that’s one most folks can wrap their heads around.<br>