Radon gas - are you at risk?

Radon gas - are you at risk?08/06/2015

By EnviroVent

Experts are warning that potentially thousands of homes across the country could be affected by Radon gas.

This colourless, odourless radioactive gas is formed by the decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in all rocks and soils. When this occurs it produces another radioactive element called Radon’s Daughters, which can attach themselves to dust particles in the air and, if inhaled, they will stick to the airways of the lung.

According to the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), health studies have linked exposure to Radon to the increased risk of lung cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) also reveals that Radon exposure leads to between 3 and 14 per cent of all lung cancer cases.

Leading manufacturer of ventilation systems EnviroVent is alerting homeowners to the dangers and how making sure a home is well ventilated can significantly reduce Radon levels in the home.

Radon is measured in becquerels and the NRPB has advised the Government that a home with Radon levels of 200 becquerels or more should be reduced to as low as reasonably possible. Radon is mainly found in areas with high levels of granite and other igneous rocks and is particular prevalent in areas such as the South West and the East Midlands – check if your area is affected by Radon via the following link - http://www.ukradon.org/information/

EnviroVent’s range of Mr Venty® Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) and Multiple Input Ventilation (MIV) air source units are effective at reducing and controlling Radon levels in the home to below 200 becquerels. These methods of ventilation force out the contaminated air from the home by supplying fresh, filtered air into the property at a continuous rate.

In addition to reducing Radon gas levels, the Mr Venty® range of products help to prevent condensation problems occurring, creating a healthy indoor environment all year round. EnviroVent’s Mr Venty® ECO2 Air Twin also has the ability to filter fresh air via multiple inputs, into areas that need it the most.

Rory Percival, Technical Manager at EnviroVent, said: “Radon is quite a big issue in some regions, but unheard of in others. Effective ventilation through our Mr Venty® ECO Air systems help to reduce Radon gas levels and therefore minimises risks to occupants. These systems also have a very positive benefit on reducing condensation and improving indoor air quality in the home too.”

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