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Radon levels increase in winter in Idaho

Idaho Radon Services
January 3, 2024
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Did you know radon levels fluctuate throughout the year? Keep reading to learn what you can do as radon levels increase in winter in Idaho.

What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that rises from the ground when uranium decays. When it rises outdoors, it’s not much of a risk to those who breathe it in. However, when it rises indoors, concentrates, and is breathed in over a long period, it can cause lung cancer.

Why radon levels increase in the winter

During winter, the snow-capped ground reduces the amount of radon that can rise outside, leading to more radon rising indoors. Additionally, because the air is cold outside, most people shut their windows and doors, allowing less radon to escape the home. Finally, as warm air rises inside, a vacuum is created that pulls more radon out of the ground and inside the home.

What to do about winter radon levels

If you have only ever tested your home for radon in the summer, your next radon test should be completed in the winter. If you have never tested your home for radon, there’s no time like the present! Click here to request a free radon test from Idaho Radon Services. If your home tests high for radon, we can walk you through the process to have your home mitigated. And bookmark this article "Radon levels increase in winter in Idaho".

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