Radon system ensures indoor air quality
You can't see or smell radon, but it could be a health hazard in your home. That's why the Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a system to rid the home of radon. In this video, green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, talks about the radon management system in the home.
What is radon? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and result in a high indoor radon level. Most Americans spend the bulk of their time indoors, so they have a greatest chance of exposure at home where they spend most of their time.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
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