Radon seeps into buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation and builds up inside, exposing occupants to harmful radiation—in fact, the Surgeon General and EPA estimate that radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon mitigation can reduce the risk, and there are other benefits to having a mitigation system installed as well.
Here are three benefits of having a radon mitigation system in your home:
Significantly Reduces Lung Cancer Risk
First and foremost, the most important reason to mitigate radon is to protect you and your loved ones from lung cancer. Radon emits alpha radiation as it decays, with prolonged exposure damaging sensitive lung tissue and causing cancerous cells to form. The EPA estimates radon causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the US alone, making it the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
By installing a radon mitigation system, you can reduce radon levels by up to 99%, reducing radon concentrations well below the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L. This has been shown to have a major positive impact on your health, substantially reducing lung cancer rates, especially in high-risk areas with elevated average levels of radon.
Increases Resale Value of Your Home
High radon readings can jeopardize real estate transactions. As a result of HUD and the FHA increasing their standards for radon and mandating that the health risks be disclosed with all purchases, more buyers are demanding radon testing before purchase. Elevated levels often require negotiating radon mitigation responsibilities. This can sink deals and lead to headaches.
Installing a radon mitigation system now prevents issues later if you decide to sell. It also makes your home more appealing to buyers who are educated on radon risks. Relative to other home repairs and improvements, a professionally installed mitigation system is inexpensive and will help you more effectively protect one of your largest investments.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
An added benefit of some radon mitigation systems is they reduce humidity and improve overall air quality in your home. Fan-powered systems filter out ground pollutants, dust, and allergens in addition to radon. The drier air also inhibits mold, mildew, and bacteria growth. This can be particularly helpful during periods of high humidity.
On top of that, many homeowners report their homes feel fresher and breathe easier after mitigation. Though not a replacement for a dedicated air purifier, allergy and asthma sufferers often find their symptoms improve thanks to the cleaner, less humid air produced by radon mitigation systems.
Breathe Easier with Southwest Radon Eliminators
Don’t gamble with your health! Contact the NRPP-certified radon measurement professionals at Southwest Radon Eliminators today. We provide comprehensive radon inspection, testing, and mitigation services for all residential and commercial properties, including new construction across New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado.