Many homeowners may be completely unaware that their area is affected by Radon gas. In fact, most homeowners have never even heard of it!
A naturally occurring radioactive gas, exposure to Radon gas has been linked to the risk of lung cancer (NRBP), so it’s really not a bad idea to reduce radon gas levels in the home if you live in an affected area.
Truth is, you could be living in a household affected by Radon gas and you wouldn’t even know it. It’s a radioactive gas in the air we breathe, completely invisible and inarguably life threatening, depending on the amount of gas that enters our airways. Just like smoking, the gas gets trapped in our airways, emits radiations and damages the inside of our lungs, which can increase the risk of lung cancer.
Radon is mainly found in places with high levels of granite and igneous rocks. It enters homes from the ground, before distributing a highly potent dose of radioactive gas. This is because the uranium from these rocks decays, thus producing radium, which produces a new radioactive element known as Radon.
Opening windows in a bid to reduce Radon levels won’t significantly reduce or control Radon penetration in the home. In order to successfully protect your household and the occupants, you need to provide your home with good ventilation. The Government has been advised that the action level for Radon in homes should be 200 bq/m3 (Becquerel’s per cubic metre) by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB). Homes with levels of Radon at or above this action level are advised to get them reduced to as low as practically possible.
At EnviroVent, we’re dedicated to providing good indoor air quality… because air matters!
Our Positive Input Ventilation systems, known to benefit thousands of homes across the UK, deliver fresh, filtered air into a property at a continuous rate, therefore gently ventilating the home. What’s more, the units have proved to be effective in significantly reducing radon levels to below 200 becquarels, creating a healthy indoor environment that is free from the harmful effects of this radioactive gas.
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