Radon testing conditions

Utah Radon Services
July 16, 2018
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Utah Radon Mitigation

When testing for radon, it's important to follow the specific instructions with your test because the condition of your home can impact the accuracy of the results. From air flow and temperature to the placement of the test, it's critical you follow the right conditions.

We're here to help you understand the correct radon testing conditions to have an accurate picture of you're home's radon levels.

Radon testing conditions

You cannot control everything when testing for radon, including the weather. Wind and air pressure can impact your results, so we recommend testing your home every two years and performing the test in a different season each time.

Although you can't control the weather, there are conditions you can control. First, we always recommend testing in closed-house conditions, which should start for 12 hours before testing begins and stay through the 48 to 96-hour testing period. For closed-house conditions, windows and doors must remain closed. You can go in and out of the house, but please don't leave doors or windows propped open for any length of time. We also don't recommend having house fans running throughout the home, but you can have air conditioning on. If your home is cooled by a swamp cooler or evaporative cooler, they need to be turned off, and portable window fans need to be removed or sealed in place.

Your home's temperature should also be between 68 and 77 degrees, and humidity should be controlled to a livable state. If you are testing in the winter, fireplaces should not be used unless they are the primary heat source. Finally, your testing unit should never be placed directly by a fan, in a bathroom or furnace room, or anywhere where the temperature and humidity will change. Setting the test in a living room or bedroom on the lowest level of the home is the best option.

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