What can affect a short term Radon Test? Green Bay, Appleton, Milwaukee

Several factors can influence your radon test results. Keep in mind, however, that although radon gas levels might vary somewhat from one day-to-day, it is unusual for the difference to be significant. If you doubt your test results, you might choose to retest yourself or hire a certified professional. Here are some suggestions to help ensure an accurate reading:

Time of year – Radon levels usually are highest during the heating season. If you are performing a long-term test, choose a time period that will span heating and non-heating seasons.

Test location – The EPA recommends testing for radon in the lowest livable level of your home, where radon levels usually are highest in the home.

Weather patterns – Do not conduct a short-term test during conditions that can influence the test results, such as stormy weather or very high winds.

Test interference – Do not move the test device or open doors and windows during the test, as these actions can result in understated radon levels.

Follow directions – Leave the test in place for the required time period, fill out all required information and mail the device to the laboratory immediately after completing the test.