Radon reduction does much more than decrease the levels of radon in your home.
The presence of radon is unpredictable; within the same neighborhood, one home may be subject to radon infiltration, while the house next door is radon-free. The gas is invisible and undetectable without testing; it seeps through cracks and holes in a building’s foundation.
Given radon’s toxic health effects, it’s no surprise radon reduction systems are a top priority. Disclosure is usually required when residential property goes on the market. Even if it’s not required by law, savvy buyers will often ask for radon testing. If there’s evidence of high radon levels, installation of radon mitigation systems can become a sticking point in sale negotiations.
New homes often incorporate passive and active systems as part of the home’s design and construction. The EPA’s Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home, explains a variety of mitigation systems that will bring radon levels to safer levels. Note: there is no safe level of exposure, but radon levels of 2 pCi/L or less sharply decrease the risks of radon exposure.
Radon systems have other benefits; they can also improve air quality, and other environmental factors.
Here are six important reasons to test for radon, and if necessary, install mitigation systems.
Fan-based mitigation systems can filter out the moist air from the soil beneath your home. An active system can pull as much as a half-gallon of water per hour from beneath a slab foundation or basement.
Lower humidity has added health benefits in the form of fresher interior air and the elimination of musty smells. Decreased humidity means reduced or dampened antagonisms in the form of bacterial growth, mildew, and dust that can aggravate asthma, allergies, and other lung conditions.
Less humidity can mean decreased dehumidifier usage, if you need a dehumidifier at all. In addition, HVAC systems also run less frequently. Decreased demand for energy-hungry air conditioning systems translates to a lower electric bill and an added benefit for the environment—fewer emissions.
An attic fan is less conspicuous and more inaccessible than suction and exhaust pipes. Attic installations are protected from weather, extending the life of the system. The location moves exhaust vents away from doors and windows, making it less likely radon will re-enter the home. It can also buffer system noise.
Radon mitigation systems that are part of new home design and construction are easier, and therefore cheaper, to install. By design, they usually require less materiel, also making them cheaper. Interior piping is easier to hide within closets and chases.
Increased home value.
Radon mitigation system help increase home salabilty. It also eliminates protracted negotiations over who pays for the installation when a house is on the market.
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