What is Radon and How Do You Keep It Out Of Your Home?
Posted on: March 23, 2015 | by: Will Housh
You’ve done your homework. You know how airborne allergens can affect your family’s health, so you check your furnace filters monthly and bought an air purifier for your home. You know that carbon monoxide is tasteless and odorless, so you bought CO detectors to keep your family safe.
But what about radon? What is it? How does it affect your family? Can you get rid of it in your home?
What Is Radon?
Radon is a potentially deadly radioactive gas that is released when traces of uranium, thorium, and radium found in rocks and soil decay. It seeps up through the soil below your home or the groundwater coming into your home and diffuses into the air.
In the environment, radon gas dissipates before it becomes harmful. But if your home has poor ventilation or excessive amounts of radon, it can drastically impact your health.
How Does Radon Affect Health?
Plain and simple, radon can increase the risk for developing lung cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, radon inhalation is associated with 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. And if anyone in your household smokes, the risks for lung cancer become even higher.
How Do I Know If I Have A Radon Problem?
Since radon can be found in any home (new or old) and any geographic area, the best way to determine if you have a radon problem is to have your home tested. Like radon levels themselves, the licensing requirements and providers change at the state, local, and neighborhood level, so contact your state radon program for the most updated radon information for your area.
What Is A Radon Fan & How Does It Help?
A radon fan is designed to mitigate and prevent radon gas from building up in your home. Using negative pressure, a radon fan keeps radon from rising through the foundation and into your home. Using a pipe and radon fan, radon gas is pulled from beneath your home and vented outside. In other words, a radon fan controls radon gas and ventilates it out of your home, preventing it from accumulating to dangerous levels that may harm your family.
How Do I Choose A Radon Fan For My Home?
Choosing the right radon fan can be a complex process. Here are four things to consider and discuss with a radon testing and mitigation specialist to choose the right radon fan for your home:
Four Questions To Ask & Discuss With A Radon Specialist:
- What is the square footage of your home?
- How high are radon levels in your home?
- What type of return system will your radon fan be using to pull radon out of your home?
- Will the fan be placed indoors or outdoors?
Since radon gas seeps up through the soil in the foundation of your home, a radon fan will most likely be installed outside the normal living space — either in your basement, crawl space, or on the outside of your home. That means any radon fan you consider must be durable and able to withstand the elements, including the moisture in the soil below your home.
Finally, since your radon fan must run continuously to be effective, consider its energy efficiency in order to keep your monthly energy bill affordable.
By discussing these factors with a radon mitigation specialist, you will be able to choose a radon fan that will properly and efficiently keep your family safe for years to come.
Now that you know more about radon, be proactive and get your home tested. If you have higher than normal radon levels, consider the four questions above and find the radon fan that will keep the air in your home healthy and your family safe.
Do you have a radon fan at home? How did you find out you needed one? How did you pick the right radon fan for your home? Share your thoughts in the comments below!