Many homeowners in the Lexington area are unaware of the health problems that poor indoor air quality can introduce in their homes. Poor air quality makes your home host to all kinds of contaminants that pose serious health and safety risks to you and your family. Radon is one such contaminant that is frequently found in this area. That’s why we at Synergy Home are now offering radon mitigation services to help Kentucky homeowners make their homes safer for their families.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It occurs naturally in the environment and is typically found in the air and water. The average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L, but in higher concentrations of 4 pCi/L or more, exposure to it can be very dangerous. No matter if your home is in Louisville, Nicholasville, Lexington or Richmond, there is some amount of radon in your home.
What Makes Radon So Dangerous?
The U.S. Surgeon General, World Health Organization (WHO), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all encourage homeowners to have their air tested for radon due to the serious health risks associated with prolonged exposure. WHO advises that in homes that exhibit radon concentration levels of just 2.7 pCi/L or more, action should be taken immediately to reduce radon levels. Health risks are significantly higher in homes and buildings with radon concentration levels of 4 pCi/L or more.
Radon exposure is most strongly linked with lung cancer. In fact, over 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. According to EPA, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. This means that if you are exposed to high concentrations of radon in your home, you could be at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. This risk is especially high in children, who may be at almost twice the risk as adults. People with respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema are also particularly susceptible effects from radon exposure.
The American Lung Association has noted that many people with early stage lung cancer do not have symptoms. In those who do have symptoms, these symptoms are the most common:
- A chronic cough, or “smoker’s cough”
- A cough that doesn’t go away and gets worse over time
- Shortness of breath
- Constant chest pain
- Frequent lung infections such as or bronchitis or pneumonia
- Coughing up blood
Synergy Home proudly provides HVAC, Solar, Geothermal, Insulation and crawlspace encapsulation service to Lexington, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Versailles and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 859-687-0553, or request service online today.