Thank you to Airthings for sponsoring this post, as always all opinions are my own.
When it comes to protecting your home and your family we all know the basics-we check out fire alarms regularly, have carbon monoxide alarms, and maybe even a security system. But when we were purchasing our new home recently I was doing research and came across a home threat I had not heard of before – radon.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is released from the ground by a breakdown of uranium in the Earth’s crust and is present in all 50 US states. The EPA has listed radon exposure as one of the leading environmental health issues in our country. Radon exposure is the second biggest cause of lung cancers in the US and causes more than 21,000 deaths a year. Why aren’t we talking more about this?
So what do we do about radon in our homes? Luckily radon remediation is not terribly cost prohibitive, but it’s knowing whether you need that remediation that is key. Detecting radon is not difficult-short term tests can be found for under $20 online.
Long-term testing is preferable as levels fluctuate daily so our family recently installed an Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector in our home. The Wave is a totally new way of detecting radon in the home-it monitors continuously and can be connected to an app on your phone to alert you if levels rise above safe parameters.
Installation of the Airthings Wave is super easy, everything you need is in the box-even the batteries! Simply unbox and use the included screw to mount to the wall.
Download the free app on your phone and follow the easy instructions to pair it with your Wave. Once paired it will take about an hour before it will give you a reading.
Once the initial hour is up your phone will automatically download the latest readings when you are within range. You can also wave your hand in front of the Wave to see your reading in an instant-it will glow green for acceptable levels, yellow for cautious levels and red for dangerous levels.
The peace of mind of knowing there is not an invisible threat in my home is priceless. If you would like that same peace of mind head over to the Airthings store and use the coupon code HAPPIERHOMEMAKER for 10% off a Wave Home Radon Detector good through November 8.