Radon Testing & Mitigation
Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless naturally-occuring gas which is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. are caused by radon. But with radon testing and mitigation from H&S Heating and Air Conditioning, you can protect yourself and your family.
Across the state, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports more than 40% of homes have dangerous levels of radon gas. Because of this, radon testing is recommended for every home every 2-5 years.
Radon testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few days of monitoring to determine if your home is at risk. Get in touch with the air quality team at H&S Heating and Air Conditioning to begin radon testing and mitigation today!
What Is Radon?
Radon forms in the earth as a gas from decaying thorium and uranium. These elements are found in nearly every type of soil. This heavy gas flows from the ground into basements or other low portions of homes through cracks in the foundation. Even in a well-sealed home, radon can still find a way in.
Once radon testing confirms the gas is inside your home, mitigation is the only way to reduce radon levels. Mitigation is done through a ventilation system.
Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and MDH recommend a homeowner begin mitigation if radon testing shows levels of 4.0 pCi/L or more.
Initial radon testing should be done at multiple points throughout the year in order to determine the true amount of radon in your home. Usually, radon is highest during the heating season.
Like we mentioned before, the MDH recommends every home have radon testing done every 2-5 years. Radon testing should also be done after work is done, such as building an addition, finishing a basement or adding an HVAC system.
Contact the professionals at H&S Heating and Air Conditioning for local radon testing!
If radon testing reveals you have radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or more, a radon mitigation system can be installed. This is a ventilation system installed on an exterior wall which vents radon out of the basement or lower level.