Radon is a hazardous gas that is responsible for causing lung cancer in a significant number of people in the US and Canada. The gas is colorless and odorless, which makes it difficult to detect. During winter, radon levels can increase indoors, making it even more dangerous for you and your family. Therefore, taking action against this deadly gas during the colder months is crucial. As January is Radon Action Month, it's the perfect time to lower your radon risk and ensure the safety of your loved ones.

How Radon and the Cold Weather Intertwine

Don't take winter lightly since cold weather can contribute to higher radon levels and exposure because of the following factors:

  • Staying Out of the Cold 

Winter's cold temperatures often force us to stay indoors for extended periods. However, staying indoors for long periods can be risky if your home has high radon levels. If you enjoy spending time in the basement, staying inside could put you at even greater risk.

  • Sealed Inside

As the temperature drops, we tend to keep our doors and windows shut, which can lead to the accumulation of radon gas. This gas can harm your health if it reaches high levels and stays there for days. On the other hand, during warmer months, letting fresh air into your home can help to dilute any radon gas. So, it's a good idea to take some steps to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy during the winter season.

  • Heavy Snow and Ice

Did you know that snow and frozen soil can create a blanket effect around your home, causing radon gas to build up? Radon gas can follow the path of least resistance– your home's foundation. And when the ground is frozen, the gas can build up even more. This possibility makes appropriate ventilation critical.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Winter is when you're more likely to be exposed to high radon levels, which can be a genuine concern for your health. However, you can do a few things to reduce your exposure and stay healthy. For instance, you may want to take advantage of warmer days by getting outside and soaking up some fresh air. If you can't get outside, open a window or two to let some fresh air in. Another great choice is to use a heat recovery ventilator, which recycles outgoing air to heat incoming fresh air, all while helping you save money on your heating bill.

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AdvantaClean can help you with professional radon testing for your residence and helpful and rapid solutions when we detect high levels. Whenever you need help, you can call (877) 800-2382.