Does It Make Sense to Build Radon-Resistant Homes?
There are several reasons why you should consider installing radon-resistance features in your home.
Gain a Marketing Advantage
Offering homes with radon-resistant features can interest more homebuyers, which can turn into closing more sales and higher profits. People are becoming more aware that radon gas poses a health risk, and building a radon-resistant home could give buyers one more good reason to purchase a home from you.
Industry surveys continue to demonstrate a rapidly growing market for more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, comfortable, and healthy homes. Also, radon reduction techniques are consistent with state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction.
The feature can also decrease moisture and other soil gasses entering the home, reducing mildews, mold, methane, volatile organic compounds, pesticide gasses, and other indoor air quality problems. When using these techniques, follow the Energy Model Code (or other applicable codes) for weatherization applicable codes, which will result in a lower utility bill for the owner.
Good Investment For A Home Buyer
Hiring a certified radon mitigation contractor to install a passive radon system while the home is being built will ensure the effectiveness of the system. They will help draw up plans for the radon system making sure that the proper materials are placed under the structure of the home and that the vent pipe for the radon system is properly connected to them. When a passive radon system is installed during the home construction is can be routed through the interior chases of the home and through the attic where a radon fan can easily be installed later. This can be less costly than retrofitting the home after construction which involves adding materials and radon fans, in most cases, to the outside of the home.
It Is Effective
When install correctly, a passive radon system effectively reduces radon levels by an average of about 50% and, in some cases, to levels below EPA’s action level. When installed correctly the system can easily be converted to an active soil depressurization system by adding a radon fan to provide even further reductions.
Upgrading is Easy
Alter occupancy; all homes should be tested for radon, even those built with radon-resistant features. EPA recommends that homes with radon levels at or above four picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L) be fixed. If your home has a passive system, this means converting it to an active system with the simple installation of a radon fan to reduce the radon level further.
Typically, the passive system includes a junction box in the attic to make the future installation of the fan easy. This upgrade is also used by some builders to control moisture in basements.
If you need to reduce radon levels in your home, contact Absolute Radon Safety. We install the best radon mitigation systems in the area.