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Passive Vs. Active Radon Systems

When it comes to ridding houses of dangerous levels of radon, there are two ways to do so: use an active system or a passive system. Both do well to keep houses, apartments, and other buildings free of dangerous radon levels. Here’s everything you need to know about the two different types of radon systems.

Passive Radon Systems

As the name implies, passive radon systems don’t actively try to rid the structure of dangerous radon levels. Instead, they serve as precautionary measures to help prevent the radon from entering the structure in the first place. It does have its benefits, including a lower price and effective protection against radon coming through the foundation of the house, but it also has its drawbacks: if radon were to enter the house via some other method (say, through an open door or window), it would not do anything to get rid of it.

Passive radon systems are most easily installed under new constructions. When a house is being built, passive systems can be put in place to provide a pathway for the radon gases below the basement floor to the outside through PVC piping. When there isn’t a house already there, it is very simple and easy to install a passive radon system. When there is a house there, it is difficult. So, they are best left for new constructions.

Active Radon Systems

These systems do exactly what their name implies: actively work to reduce radon levels in buildings. Using fans and ventilation systems, these systems suck the radon into the vents and expel them outside of the building, thus lowering the amount of radon to a safe level (a safe level of radon is considered to be 4 pCi/L). Although this kind of system is more expensive, the extra cost is well worth it because no matter how the radon enters the building, it is expelled quickly and efficiently through the ventilation system.

Because this system relies on vents, it can easily be installed on new or old constructions. If adjustments to the building need to be made to accommodate the system, they will be minor changes that can be done quickly by our professional team. For new constructions, changing the design to fit one of these systems is easy and should always be done.

No house is safe from dangerous levels of radon, and if you want your family to be protected from the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer, you should have a radon ventilation system installed. If your house is old, it might already contain dangerous levels of radon so you will want an active system as opposed to a passive one.

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