4 Myths about Radon Testing

4 Myths about Radon Testing

Here in great state of New Mexico, we need to be more radon-conscious than most due to the elevated levels of radon in the state. An important part of being smart about radon is to be aware of some of the myths that float around (like radon in Albuquerque does) to keep your loved ones safe. Consumer reports posted the following:

Myth: Radon testing is difficult, time-consuming and expensive.
Fact: Radon testing is easy. You can test your home yourself or hire a qualified radon test company. Either approach takes only a small amount of time and effort. In Consumer Reports tests of radon kits, we found that long-term tests, which take readings for at least 90 days, are more accurate than short-term kits.

Myth: A neighbor’s test result is a good indication of whether you have a problem.
Fact: It’s not. Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test it.

Myth: Short-term tests can’t be used for making a decision about whether to fix your home.
Fact: Short-term tests can be used to decide whether to reduce a home’s high radon levels. However, the closer the short-term testing result is to 4 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter), the less certainty there is about whether the home’s year-round average is above or below that level. Keep in mind that radon levels below 4 pCi/L still pose some risk and that radon levels can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below in most homes.

Myth: I’ve lived in my home for so long, it doesn’t make sense to take action now.
Fact: You will reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you’ve lived with an elevated radon level for a long time.


Test every two years, even if your home or office already has a working mitigation system. Testing is easy and cost-effective. Whether you live in Albuquerque, Santa Fe or Los Lunas, knowing the facts about radon is essential to keeping your loved ones safe.

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