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The Filter Factor

Thursday, August 2nd by Curt Drew

The Filter Factor - Image 1There are a lot of technologies worth talking about when it comes to radon testing and mitigation (and don’t worry, we’ll get to all of them), but filtration is one that we’re especially excited about right now. 


While depressurization is the most common and most effective solution to reduce radon levels, there are other technologies that can be used to further reduce your risk of cancer. Filtration is one of them, but it’s something most people don’t think about when it comes to radon-related air-quality in the home.


It’s possible that has to do with people’s general understanding of radon and how mitigation works. To get into the science of it, we know that radon is a noble gas, that it changes forms and decays, breaking into elements called radon decay products. And we know that the main element that actually causes lung cancer is polonium, the product of decaying radon. Polonium is the same cancer-causing element found in cigarette smoke.  Because the source of the polonium is the radon, we install depressurization systems to go after the radon, naturally – the familiar PVC piping with an inline radon fan connected to a concrete slab or crawl space that ventilates the air out from under the slab, thus keeping the radon out of the house. But what some people might not realize is that polonium itself can be filtered.


When it comes to safeguarding homeowner’s health, we don’t mess around. Polonium – also known as “radon progeny” consists of super-small particles, so you need a really high-end filter to achieve proper filtration. This brings me back to why we’ve got filtration on the brain.


National Radon Defense has developed the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner that not only improves your overall indoor air quality, it serves as another safeguard against radon decay products. It’s important to understand that the Breathe EZ Air Cleaner is not a replacement for a depressurization system– rather it’s a useful enhancement, or as we like to see it, an additional line of defense against cancer-causing polonium. The Breathe EZ Air Cleaner also filters dust, allergens, chemicals, mold spores, and pet dander. We think that’s a good reason to be excited.


Just wait until we start talking about UVC light…