Winter is here. During the winter months it is normal to spend more time in your home to avoid things like driving in the snow, ice, freezing temperatures, etc. But there may be some other dangers that come along with winter. Radon levels in homes tend to be higher during the winter. Why? Lets dive in.
First, let’s quickly cover what radon is and where it comes from. This is important to understand how radon is measured and why the weather can affect it. Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced when uranium in soil decays. When released outside, it is not a concern to your health. However, when it enters your home through the pores and cracks in your foundation, you begin to breathe it in. Long term exposure can begin to damage the DNA in your lungs. This is the reason that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
During the winter months, a few things can happen that may cause radon levels inside your home to increase.
Obviously anytime we may exposed to high radon levels in our home, this is a concern. What can be worrisome is that if you tested your home in the summer and had low levels, that doesn’t always mean they are low in the winter.
The main thing that you should do is make sure you test your home in different times of the year to ensure a low average of radon levels. We generally recommend testing every 2 years. First maybe you test in the summer then 2 years later test in the winter. Of course it is important to understand how radon is measured and what action levels are. Learn more about that here.
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