Do You Care About Radon?

Posted 2017/04/27

Do you care about Radon?

You should. Radon is deadly. It claims the lives of 21,000 people every year in the United States alone. That averages to almost 60 deaths each day, or 2 deaths every hour.

If you don’t care about radon, you don’t know that it is naturally occurring. Radon is the result of uranium breaking down in the rocks and soil. It then presents as a radioactive gas, which is cancer causing. The worst part about not caring about radon is that you might not know that it CAN be fixed!

Even thought it is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, you can detect radon. There are two types of tests you can conduct. One is a short term test and one is a long term test. You can read more about the differences of these two tests by clicking here. You will know if you need to install a radon mitigation system if your levels are higher than the EPA’s action limit of 4.0 pCi/L. These systems help reduce the levels of radon in your home by redirecting it outside. Once outside, the radon is diluted by the air.

Radon mitigation systems should be installed by a licensed radon mitigation professional. The state of Illinois does not allow companies to test & mitigate radon. This keeps companies from having a conflict of interest. A radon tester will never tell you that you have a higher level of radon just so they can perform a mitigation, because they CANNOT perform a mitigation!

A licensed radon mitigation professional will develop a custom system for your home. The system, if installed properly, will reduce the levels of radon in your home below the action level.

Are you looking for somebody who cares about radon? Trinity Electrical & Radon Mitigation is the company for you! We care about radon and the safety of your family. Give us a call today: 630-499-1492.

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Reducing Electricity Energy Use in Your Home

Posted 2017/04/02

Reducing electricity energy use in your home saves you money, increases our energy security, and reduces the pollution that is emitted from non-renewable sources of energy. If you are planning to install a small renewable energy system to make your own electricity, such as a solar electric system or small wind turbine, reducing electricity loads is the first step—saving you money by allowing you to purchase a smaller system.

There are many ways to start reducing electricity use in your home:

To improve the overall energy efficiency of your home, see home energy audits.

 

Reducing Electricity Energy Use

TIME-BASED ELECTRICITY RATES

To help reduce their peak power demands and save money, many utilities are introducing programs that encourage their customers to use electricity during off-peak hours. The programs pass on the savings to you, the customer, through rebates or reduced electricity rates.

Smart meters and home energy management systems allow customers to program how and when their home uses energy. Such programs might charge you the actual cost of power at any one time, ranging from high prices during times of peak demand to low prices during off-peak hours. If you are able to shift your power use to off-peak times — such as running your dishwasher late in the evening — these programs can save you money while helping your utility.

Time-based rates are very attractive to owners of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles since typically these vehicles are recharged at night. See buying and driving fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles for more information.

 

Thank you to the U.S. Department of Energy for this information.

Radon Test Failure: What Can You Do?

Posted 2017/03/26

You’ve found the perfect house. It’s in your budget, it’s located exactly where you want, it hits everything on your check list, and it failed the radon test. Wait – failed the radon test? If your desired home fails the radon test, you should find another house, right? WRONG! Radon can be mitigated and should NOT be the deciding factor on whether to purchase a home.

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be detected unless you perform a radon test. It is odorless, colorless & tasteless. It gives a whole new meaning to silent but deadly. Radon exposure is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, beat out only by smoking. In nonsmokers, it is the leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon Test: Safe Levels?

There is no such thing as a safe level of radon, so even if a home passes a radon test, it doesn’t mean that the levels of radon are safe. Instead, the EPA has determined an acceptable level of radon, and anything above that level is recommended for remediation.

What can be done about my radon levels?

No matter what your home’s radon test levels are, your home CAN be fixed. Whether your home is at the action point or below it, it is a good idea to install a radon mitigation system. These systems act as a remediation method by removing the radon from your home and redirecting it outside. Once outside, the levels of radon are diluted and do not pose the same health risk that concentrated levels within your home do because it is dissipated into the atmosphere. Radon mitigation systems become a permanent part of your home & work continuously to reduce your radon levels.

What about my home value?

Many people worry that having a failed radon test and a radon mitigation system installed will reduce the resale value of their home. In fact, the opposite can be true. As more awareness is being brought to radon, more and more home buyers are looking for homes that have a radon solution in place. Radon mitigation systems are viewed as an improvement to the home.

Don’t give up your perfect house just because it fails a radon test. The problem can be fixed! Did you find your dream home, but it failed its radon test? Give the experts at Trinity Radon a call today: 630-499-1492 and we will make your dream home a safe place to live.

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