There are various radon test kits on the market, each offering its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some common models of radon testing kits include:
1. Short-Term Charcoal Canister: This short-term charcoal canister test kit consists of a small container filled with activated charcoal that should be placed at the lowest level of a home for 2-7 days before sending to a laboratory for analysis.
2. Continuous Radon Monitor: This type of test kit consists of an electronic device which continuously measures radon levels for at least 48 hours in your home and produces a report showing its average levels over this period.
3. Passive alpha Track Detector: This passive alpha track detector kit uses a small piece of plastic exposed to air for several months, then sent off for analysis at a laboratory. As radon decays and releases alpha particles that leave tracks behind on it.
4. Electret Ion Chamber: For this test kit, a small charged plastic disk placed within your home for two to seven days acts as an Electret ion Chamber to detect radon particles entering. As they do so, an electrical charge generated from them enters and measures by this device; once complete it’s sent off to be tested at a laboratory.
When choosing a radon test kit, it is important to take several factors into consideration such as cost, ease of use, length of testing period and accuracy of results into account. Furthermore, certification by either the National Radon Proficiency Program or National Radon Safety Board ensures it meets certain quality standards and that ensures success when testing for radon.
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