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Sunday, October 30th, 2016 by Randy Shillingburg
As the weather turns colder, the levels of radon in your home can increase pretty dramatically.
Here's why. As the weather turns colder, people tend to do less, and also try to keep their homes closed tight. This means that doors and windows are opened less frequently, which can result in rising radon levels.
In the summer, spring and early fall, you and your family are also much more active, going in and out of your home frequently. Just opening entry way doors or windows frequently allows enough air in and out of your home to help lower radon levels.
If you've had your home tested for radon in the summer, you should definitely also have it tested in the winter. A test showing radon levels within normal levels in the summer can be entirely different in cold weather, when you're stuck inside -- breathing that radon gas all winter long!
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non smokers. About 21,000 non smokers are killed each year by lung cancer due to exposure to radon gas. Radon is a naturally-occurring gas created from uranium breaking down in the soil. Even if your neighbor has had his or her home tested and the test showed low levels of radon, it doesn't mean that your home is safe. Often, homes in the same subdivision can have much different radon levels.
Fortunately, for homeowners, companies such as Radon Systems of West Virginia (www.radonsystemswv.com) do radon testing. Homeowners can also do their own test by picking up an inexpensive radon test kit at their local hardware store -- typically for less than $20. If you find out that your levels are high, call Radon Systems of West Virginia at 304-622-0048 to reduce the radon levels in your home.