Put Radon on Your Radar
Put Radon on Your Radar
Radon gas is naturally occurring in soils and rocks from decaying uranium. It is radioactive, colorless, tasteless, and odorless. Radon gas is a health hazard for homeowners nationwide and the level of exposure can vary depending on geographical location and can even vary from house to house on the same street.
Over time, the health effects of radon exposure can be fatal. The American Cancer Society writes that radon gas breaks down into tiny radioactive particles in the air that can lodge into the lining of your lungs where they give off radiation. This radiation can lead to lung cancer. Radon exposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and is the leading contributor of lung cancer cases and deaths among nonsmokers. The only way to know if you’re being exposed is to test.
To keep you and your family safe, test for radon in your home annually. Knowing your home’s levels will allow you to pursue radon mitigation, if necessary, and limit the devastating health effects of long-term radon exposure.
Radon levels can vary across the country. They are highest throughout Iowa and in the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Iowa has some of the highest average radon concentrations in the U.S. due to significant glaciation that ground the granitic rocks from the Canadian Shield and deposited it as soils making up the rich Iowa farmland. Many cities within the state, such as Iowa City, have passed requirements for radon-resistant construction in new homes.
See where your state ranks. And remember—no matter where you live, it’s critical to make testing your home for radon annually a part of your routine.
It can enter into your home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations, and other kinds of openings. It can also enter the home through drinking water. Once it becomes trapped inside, it can accumulate to dangerous levels.
The EPA estimates that one in 15 homes across the country have elevated radon levels.
There is no known safe radon level and the health risks of low levels of radon are uncertain.
EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (picocurries per liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L
To make sure your home has a safe radon level, you should test regularly. If the levels are high, then you should work with your local radon-certified professional to install a radon mitigation system to bring your home’s radon levels down.
AprilAire offers single and two-pack short-term radon test kits for reliable and simple testing. Short-term radon test kits measure radon inside the home over a period of 3–7 days. The longer the test kit is inside the home, the more accurate the results are.
Your AprilAire Healthy Air Professional can help you by testing your home for radon, as well as install AprilAire Radon Control solutions to help you mitigate high levels in your home. Click Find a Pro to get started on the path to Healthy Air with a local pro in your area.
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