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SK entrepreneur wants you to breathe easier

"Chris Olmsted considers his job a breath of fresh air - and clean water.Many people have problems with indoor air, said Olmsted, the Port Orchard representative for a company called Eco-quest. A lot of people don't even realize it.Olmsted describes EcoQuest as a marketing arm for the products he sells, which are made by 15-year-old company Alpine Industries. Based in Tennessee, Alpine Industries manufactures indoor environment products, such as air and water purification systems.EcoQuest International has more than 350,000 dealers across the United States and Canada. We are currently expanding globally, said Olmsted.Olmsted, who has been an EcoQuest representative for about a year and a half, says his biggest sales come from the air purifiers.There are benefits to people who have allergies, or (have problems due to) dust, mold, smoke, and pet and chemical odors, he said. Most people who own this say they never even have to dust.Part of the deal with the products is that Olmsted offers to come to a prospective customer's house and do a particles test with a petrie dish. When he comes back the next day, people can see the residue and know what is going around in their indoor air.If they want it after seeing that, I give a free, no-obligation trial for usually three days to a week to see it they actually notice a difference, said Olmsted. Some people are skeptical, but it's not going to cost anything to try it.Olmsted has a catalog which features not only items for residential consumers, but also for businesses.Commercial areas too, he said. Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys...I've even sold an air purifier to a jewelry store.Chris Olmsted says that there are a lot of factors in almost any indoor environment that might be overlooked as harmful. Substances such as carpet glue, paint and formaldahyde are present in many households, and relatively unnoticed.Some factors, however, aren't man-made. Not exactly, anyway.Have you ever looked into a beam of sun and seen the dust? Dust is 80 percent dead skin cells, said Olmsted.According to Chris Olmsted, the filterless air purifiers freshen the air in a home or business the way Mother Nature would do it. The purifiers are nicknamed thunderstorm in a box because their homes will smell like after a thunderstorm, said Olmsted. Olmsted also said that he has seen between a 60-90 percent reduction in airborne contaminates with the use of Alpine air purifiers.It's quite eye-opening, he said. In addition to the air purifiers (of which there are 21 different models to choose from), the EcoQuest catalog features water purification systems (for both drinking water and bathing water), nutritional supplements (including several methods of weight control), personal care items (ranging from shampoo, to Dead Sea mineral salt cream), and a new feature called Living Sunshine.It's like a light box, said Chris Olmsted of the product. Living Sunshine has full spectrum lighting which is said to help people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), symptoms of which include depression, increased sleep, lowered energy and even weight gain.It's interesting that people have these problems, said Chris Olmsted. I think it's just getting people aware of things. People need to be educated.To contact Chris Olmsted, call 1-888-523-8897. "

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