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How To Lower Radon Levels In Your Home

Posted on The Cooler Blog December 4, 2013 by Terry Jones

Preparing your home for winter can help you save big bucks in heating costs over the season. But it may also be dangerous. What do we mean?

When you seal up your home to keep heat inside, you may also be trapping a dangerous gas indoors with you.  Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is a product of the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), most folks receive higher doses of radiation from radon in their own homes than anywhere else.

Drawn into the home from the outside, radon particles can get caught in dirty heating and cooling ducts, which may eventually raise levels of radon in the home to dangerous proportions.  The only way to prevent this accumulation is to clean your ductwork , especially before you winterize your home.

Here’s what professional HVAC contractors recommend:

  • Install a high quality filter that will prevent small Radon particles from entering your home.
  • Set the furnace to fan mode to improve air circulation and prevent accumulation.
  • Have an HVAC professional thoroughly clean your ductwork at least once a year, before winter arrives.

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