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Can Running the HVAC Fan Continuously Save Energy? (Part 3 of 3)

ON mode may actually increase radon gas levels!

You and your family can’t see or smell radon gas but it’s present in every home. Radon is a cancer-causing gas which comes from radioactive elements (uranium and radium) present in soil.  Radon gas enters through the home’s foundation due to pressure differences between the inside and outside of the home.

Operating your HVAC system in ON mode may lower the pressure on the lower levels (e.g., basement, first floor), causing more radon gas to be vacuumed into the house.

That’s not good because radon is dangerous. According to the EPA, radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. A family whose home has high levels is exposed to 35x more radiation as the NRC would allow if that family were standing next to a radioactive waste site!

Thankfully, radon testing is simple and straightforward. And if we do find elevated radon levels, it’s easy to mitigate.

Check out Part 1 of 3 or Part 2 of 3.