You’ve finally had a chance to open your windows after a hot summer of A/C, but now you have to think about closing the house up again even tighter for the winter. What does this mean for your exposure to radon gas? Here are a few concerns you need to keep in mind over the winter months.
Radon Levels Increase in Cold Weather
If you’re like most people, you prefer to be snuggled under a comforter in your pajamas during the winter. We don’t spend as much time outside as we did during the warmer weather. In the winter, as the temperatures drop, the levels of radon in your home can increase.
Nowhere to Go But In
During the summer, the radon in the ground can dissipate through the soil more easily than when the earth is frozen and covered in ice and snow. The radon becomes trapped in the soil and the only place it can escape is into our warm homes. In addition, it will be more concentrated than during the warmer months.
Radon Gets Pulled In
Warm air rises, most of us learned that in science class. The warm air escapes from the house into the cold air outside. The air inside your home has to be replaced somehow. In older homes, there may be drafty windows and doors that allow air to enter, but with newer construction, the house may be more tightly sealed and the only place the air can come in is through the soil under the house. It can come up through cracks, plumbing, sump pits, and more. This “new” air can be contaminated with radon gas.
Trapped in a Box
So, we’ve talked about how radon enters your home during the winter more than it does during the summer. That’s not the end of the bad news regarding radon in the winter, though. Our homes are becoming more and more sealed, to improve our energy costs. Unfortunately, that means the radon is trapped inside along with us. Opening a window in the winter doesn’t help either, because the cold air pushes the warm air up and out of the house, pulling the radon from the soil in a giant vicious cycle.
Whether you have had a radon test before or not, you should get one during the winter months. You may have had a test done during the summer and had acceptable results and now you’re burrowed under your blankets on the couch, wrapped up in a false sense of security. You may be breathing in radon for over half the year, depending on how long the winter lasts.
Jerry’s Waterproofing offers radon testing and mitigation services all year. We will determine if you and your family are in danger and if so, we can install an SSD system that will alleviate the amount of radon gas in your home. Your home should be a place of safety, peace, and comfort. Let Jerry’s Waterproofing help make that happen.