January is National Radon Month. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that radon in the home is fatal to indoor air quality (IAQ), and associated with some 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. Lung cancer caused by radon exposure is the second cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. St. Louis heating company, Hoffmann Brothers highlights some pertinent details about radon to the homeowners of St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Charles counties.
What is radon and how does it affect a home?
Because radon is an odorless gas--homeowners do not have any tangible signs. A radioactive naturally occurring gas, radon builds up in water, soil and rock, emitting invisible, toxins into a home. This vapor intrusion predominantly transpires over the winter months, when most households are susceptible to exposure.
Is radon specific to certain parts of the U.S.?
In St. Louis City and other U.S. cities homes, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) contributes to the severe effects of radon. In other words, radon is not specific to certain regions.
What is considered a high level of radon?
Levels above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) call for a professional clean up. (Also, the EPA purports that individuals who smoke in households, where radon levels exceed average radon levels of 1.3 (pCi/L) are at greater risk of lung cancer).
How can St. Louis County households defend against radon?
Radon is not completely avoidable. There are a few tactics for preventing it. Seal spaces from foundations. This includes any cracks where outside air seeps in. Fans and vent pipes help aid in the reduction of radon. St. Louis County homeowners can access a list of radon testing kits on the EPA’s page.
*Radon testing kits should not exceed more than $30.
For St. Louis County homeowners, contact the Missouri State Radon Office’s at 573-751-6160.
Hoffmann Brothers is a preferred heating and air conditioning contractor, serving the communities of St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. The heating company offers a complete service menu of indoor air quality solutions, such as high efficiency purification air filters (HEPA), ultraviolet germicidal lights, and other systems, designed to accommodate energy conservation. Please redeem this special offer at Hoffmann Brothers.