Filtered Fresh Air Radon / Smoke Removal Systems
The true value of a filtered fresh air intake system isn’t measured by how well it functions but by how well it enables YOU to function:
unburdened by allergens, dust, smoke, noise, radon, neurotoxins that cause ALS, dementia, harmful micro-particulate from automobiles, and industry. You will think more clearly in fresh, oxygen-rich air than you will in CO2-contaminated air. Feel better, sleep better, be more alert. Improve decision making. Feel more alive!
RADON If you are a home buyer in south Florida and you have encountered a radon issue RELAX. You are in the right place to learn what you need to know.
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Traffic fatalities in Collier County average about 52 per year. Lung cancer averages about 254 per year. Lung cancer is usually fatal because it is rarely discovered before it reaches stage IV and is almost untreatable
Radon is surprisingly common in South Florida, especially in high rise buildings.
Radon Everywhere? In South Florida, we have learned that elevated radon can appear in any building, on any floor, even penthouses of high rise buildings. Most remarkably, the highest radon level we have encountered was a level of over 33 picoCuries in the 23rd floor penthouse of a high rise in Naples, FL. Radon is surprisingly common in south Florida multi-housing condos and apartments.
How? How did radon get there? We learned that most radon was emitted from the porous concrete blocks that were used to build the exterior walls. The emitted radon collected within the wall cavities between the blocks and the interior drywall. We also learned that it was then forcefully transported from those radon “reservoirs” and into the breathing zone by operation of the air conditioning system.
The Solutions in South Florida?
- Dilution with outdoor fresh air (humidity/mold risky)
- Pressurization of the breathing zone (humidity/mold risky)
- Direct extraction of radon from the wall cavities where it accumulates ASAPDB
- Micropressure management of unintentional air-flows within the building’s matrix
Now you know why Sub Slab Depressurization that works so well elsewhere works poorly, if at all, in south Florida. Most Radon comes out of the concrete block walls, not out of the ground
The Daisy Ductless System was designed and engineered to be exempt from permitting. It is low voltage “Plug ‘n Play,” to save permit fees, to eliminate permit application paperwork, scheduling and re-inspection delays and inconveniences. Often, a Daisy System may be installed immediately following payment of deposit.
What kind of Radon System Fresh Air Intake Filter will you accept to keep your family’s lungs clean?
MERV 14-15? or MERV 2-4? or No Filter at all?
Factory Made? 18-48 month? Homemade? 60-90 days?
Automobile Manufacturers make sure that your car’s engine breathes air through an excellent air-cleaning filter
Why? So that the engine will last longer. Inhaling Dirt is bad for engines. Would you remove the air filter and drive for even a week without the engine air filter? To run your car without an air filter just doesn’t make sense, does it? Smart?
Shouldn’t your family’s lungs breathe even cleaner air than your car’s engine?
Why not insist on a filter that will remove 95% of smoke, red tide particles, outdoor air allergins, contaminants and toxins before they can come into your home? . . . and into your family’s lungs?
A MERV 14-15 filter can do it. Pollen, mold spores, smoke, PM2.5, soot, viruses, bacteria, airborne red tide and blue green algae particles, etc. Smart
You home can have a factory-made MERV 14-15 filter (95% particle removal) that is easy to service and keeps the air in your home’s breathing zone clean for 18-48 months
A factory-made, high capacity filter of excellent material needs service only every 18-48 months, not every 60-90 days. Why settle for less? Smart
Why not insist on a quick, simple way to adjust the radon level in seconds?
With most radon mitigation systems, properly adjusting the radon level is very complicated and is acomplished by burdensome trial and error!
RESULT? most systems are set to deliver excessive amounts of hot, humid outdoor air to ensure that the home passes the post mitigation clearance test. Most installations are never tuned to deliver the correct airflow rate. If the installer can’t do it, how can you expect the homeowner to do it?
An improperly tuned radon system can easily double an electric bill and create new, serious, unhealthy and costly high humidity and mold problems in this hot, humid climate.
Why not be able to adjust the radon level by turning a little screw with a jeweler’s screwdriver?
You can do it in seconds. Turn the little screw 1/4 turn or more to the right to reduce radon, back to the left to reduce ventilation. Simple, quick, accurate and effective. Smart
Humidity Controller Wall plate with sensor in black. and microprocessor / speed controller on backside. See following image displaying breathing zone’s temperature and humidity measurements in real time. Correct adjustment is super-easy with an electronic radon meter to aid in reaching a correct setting Smart
Why have to set the radon level by guessing/fumbling with 24-48 on/off tabs on a 24 hour rotating dial
Table lamp timers were designed to turn a table lamp or Christmas tree on at dusk and off at bed time. How does that relate to indoor radon levels? Is a table lamp timer acceptable to protect against the risk of lung cancer?
A table lamp timer has no temperature or humidity awareness. It only keeps track of time and operates according to a time schedule. In this image, you can see that some of the tabs are depressed. How does a person know which ones or how many to depress?
Why not have an automatic humidity / mold prevention system that measures humidity and keeps it below 60% instead of just guessing at what it might be?
Why not use an electronic controller that accurately measures and controls indoor relative humidity? Automatically
An electronic humidity controller actually measures humidity minute-by-minute and then operates the radon system to to prevent high indoor humidity discomfort, mold and moldy odors? Changes in weather or season? No Problem. AUTOMATIC – you don’t have to do anything. Smart
With an automatic humidity controller, the need for a dehumidifier is greatly reduced if not eliminated
The controller is part of the SmartVentilation mold-prevention package at no additional cost
Backside of humidity / temperature controller in operation, constantly monitoring temperature and humidity and ensuring that the Daisy or Red Zephyr does not create high humidity, mold risky conditions.
Why try to use one table lamp timer to control both radon level and indoor relative humidity?
How can a table lamp timer know when indoor relative humidity is too high (above 60%) or when mold-favorable conditions are occurring? Changes in weather and season? Unplug the thing and start fumbling with the 24 or 48 OFF/ON tabs, guessing again. Or just giving up and unplugging the radon system and leaving it off. (What usually happens.) NOT SMART
Table Lamp Timers are usually installed behind a removable ceiling panel. Inconvenient as well as difficult to adjust. “Guess and Hope”
Why not insist on a system that automatically turns itself on when you are home and automatically turns itself off when you are gone? (Optional)
Minimized Risk A burglar alarm-type sensor will know when you are home, and a microprocessor will operate the radon/fresh air system for you. When you are gone, it will turn itself off after a pre-set delay of 24-60 hours. Smart
RISKY A light switch allows you to turn the system on when you are home and off when you are gone. Just don’t forget to turn it off when you leave or you may return to a mold-infested home. Read and understand the mitigator’s claim that he is not responsible if you have a mold problem. even though his installation created the mold damage. (A Lawyer will disagree with his claim) NOT SMART
You can have an electronic radon meter that tells you what your radon exposure is at all times, and which gives an immediate alarm if your radon system fails? Why not? (An after-clearance test Option delivered by mail)
An electronic, digital radon meter
It will keep you informed of what your actual radon exposure is. It will also sound an audible alarm if your radon exposure exceeds 4.0 picoCuries per liter, the US EPA Action Level. Smart
Image to right: OFF/ON by light switch, “90 day filter service required” “MOLD DAMAGE MAY OCCUR”, denial of liability for mold. “You didn’t turn the switch off.” Blue oil-filled pressure gauges should be outlawed for mechanical ventilation systems.
A blue oil-filled pressure gauge, OFF/ON light switch
It will tell you that your radon fan is running. But if airflow stops because the filter is loaded with dirt, it will give you false highest performance reading even if radon is not being reduced at all. WITHOUT WARNING. NOT SMART
SmartVentilation strongly suggests the benefits of inclusion of a CO2 controller in each radon / mechanical ventilation system
Carbon Dioxide Buildup / Exposure
Folks and pets exhale a lot of carbon dioxide as they breathe. In tight, energy-efficient homes without mechanical ventilation systems, carbon dioxide can build up above 2000 parts per million and higher. Overnight, in a bedroom, carbon dioxide may approach 3000 parts per million.
After July 1, 2017, the Florida Building Code requires all newly-permitted homes to have mechanical ventilation systems installed unless they are actually tested and found to be built to lower standards and are air leaky.
What do scientists tell us about breathing high levels of carbon dioxide?
All SmartVentilation systems (Daisy Ductless, Red Zephyr) are designed to accept the output of SmartVentilation’s IAQ controller. Both the Daisy and the Red Zephyr will maintain an indoor carbon dioxide level of around 600 parts per million in a home of up to 2000 square feet with 4 occupants. And mitigate radon too.
A Daisy Ductless installation. The Daisy is 9.25 inches long including internal Type III filter and installs FLUSH with the drywall surface. SEE Installation and filter exchange. Experience has revealed that it is much better to introduce and to temper the fresh air in a large room than to dump it into a very small air handler closet where condensation is rampant. Replacement of moist, mushy drywall in an air handler closet is burdensome, difficult and expensive. There is a better way.
SmartVentilation’s IAQ controller can analyze temperature, humidity, VOCs and CO2. It may be directly connected to a Daisy Ductless or a Red Zephyr air mover to deliver the precisely correct amount of fresh air minute-by-minute. Usually without need to install a new dehumidification system.
A ducted installation with soffit constructed to conceal the added duct. This duct is likely carrying hot, humid outdoor air to be dumped into a small, chilled air handler closet. I have seen an installation with this hot, humid air ducted into a clothes closet with a solid door. Can you imagine the moldy clothes had the owner/seller not immediately turned the radon system off and left it off? With the closet door open, the installation easily passed a short two day clearance test but was immediately turned off. The buyer had no clue.
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