If you are Buying a Home in South Florida and it has a Radon Problem, Go Ahead and Buy it
Radon can ALWAYS be fixed
The best time to fix Radon is AFTER closing
And the BUYER is the best person to select the MITIGATOR and the TECHNOLOGY
And not only that, but the indoor air quality can become excellent, even approaching that of the air in a hospital operating room for cleanliness, Even better than just about any home for miles around.
In South Florida, the primary source of radon is almost always the concrete building materials, usually the exterior “curtain walls.”
If the radon is above about 8 picoCuries per liter, “radon fountains” are also adding to the radon levels. Radon Fountains must always be sealed. It is extra work, but for the best result, it must be done..
BUT You Need to Know These Three Types of Installations before you Accept a Radon Mitigator:
Radon mitigators in south Florida usually install one of the following three types of radon systems: (But their proposal may not make full disclosure)
1. A first-quality, quick install that includes
- An electronic, automatic mold-preventing humidity controller that limits humidity increases and assures no new mold growth and continued good occupant comfort for years. Almost always makes a new dehumidifier unnecessary.
- An automatically controlled, precisely adjustable, variable speed fan
- A long life, high performance filter, (MERV 14-15) needs no service for 18-24 months Very easy to service (even removes smoke)
- A very easy, accurate way of adjusting radon levels with a jeweler’s screwdriver
- Radon “fountains” sealed where necessary and where acessible
- Daisy Ductless is engineered to be and is Permit-Exempt to avoid installation delays, but if you want a permit issued, no problem. But expect extra cost and delays with permitting.
- Energy consumption 7-15 watts
- FEE: $1,800.00 to $2.200.00
2. A quick, cheap install
To get a buyer to the closing table quick. Usually Includes:
- A single speed, overcapacity fan
- A manual off/on switch (often an unmarked light switch) or a table lamp timer to turn the single speed fan on and off many times each day (may be hidden)
- A homemade filter (MERV 2-4) that must be serviced every 60-90 days
- A complicated radon level and mold prevention system that requires setting 24-48 tabs on a $6.00 off/on table lamp timer by guesswork
- A blue oil-filled U-tube manometer that will provide false and completely misleading indications as the homemade filter loads up with dirt, airflow stops and radon goes high. But when the system has failed because of a clogged filter, the blue oil-filled gauge falsely tells you that everything is working flawlessly.
- “Radon fountains” are almost never sealed because it is easier just to add more hot, humid airflow. Besides, the mold from extra airflow / moisture load won’t show up for 6-12 month maybe longer, and then the mold can be blamed on AC failure supposedly requiring a new air conditioner or expensive new dehumidifier..
- Energy consumption 60-240 watts
- We have been advised that a permit fee of an additional. $900.00 is sometimes demanded
- Includes an installer warning / claim that installer is not responsible for any resulting mold damage from hot, humid air added during radon system operation.
- FEE: $900.00 to $3,800.00
3. A slow, expensive install that includes
- An expensive, bulky dehumidifier, ventilating dehumidifier or ERV..
- Complicated installation that usually requires construction work, restoration of crown moldings, wall finishes
- Simple, short life, low performance, internal air filters that need frequent and inconvenient service
- Difficult to adjust radon levels except in the case of one particular ERV manufacturer.
- Energy Consumption 300 – 900 watts
- In a hot, humid climate, ERVs always increase indoor relative humidity
- FEE .- $3,000- $7,500.00+
Reducing Radon in South Florida’s Hot, Humid Climate is Easy if You are Only Doing it to Pass a Two-Day Test
Making sure that Radon, Moisture and Mold Stay Down for Years is a Quite Different Matter
This is How SmartVentilation Works:
Because first class components have been unavailable, we designed and now manufacture our own, the best components in the Mechanical Ventilation / RADON business
Our R & D produced these unmatched Products:
- Near hospital-operating-room-grade air intake filter
- Humidity controller to prevent mold, automatically
- Temperature controller to prevent outdoor temperture extremes from making indoors uncomfortable.
- ECM variable speed fan fully protected against moisture and salt spray
- Easily adjusted radon level control
- PIR triggered operation with full CO2 control
#1 Air Intake Filter MERV 14-15
You wouldn’t drive your car without an engine air filter, would you?
We know you want your family to have Clean Air and clean lungs so we designed, manufacture and install the best Air Cleaning Intake Systems in the business. MERV 14-15 filters remove pollen, even smoke for 18-24 months. Attractive design delights even picky architectural committees. Your new home can become a sanctuary of good health for asthma and allergy sufferers. REMOVES RED TIDE AND BLUE-GREEN ALGAE NEUROTOXINS AND VIRUSES
What does a SmartVentilation Type III filter look like after operating for 24 months? US EPA recommends a MERV 13 filter. But to our knowledge, no such filter is available.. So we designed our own, specifying MERV 14-15 filter material and about 3 square feet of filter area packed into this little compact SmartVentilation SuperStar Filter. We will supply this Type III filter kit to any and all Florida Radon Mitigators upon request. We think that you should settle for nothing less. Don’t you agree?
Remarkably, this filter willl become radioactive with captured harmful and radioactive outdoor particles. Always wash your hands thoroughtly after servicing a filter.
You don’t want to have to service a homemade air filter every 60-90 days, do you?
But some radon systems do not have an air intake filter at all..
Here are two examples:
SmartVentilation's Type III Premium Filter
ESSENTIAL: An easy-to-service MERV 14-15 filter that removes toxic red tide and blue green algae neurotoxins, pollen, mold spores, PM2.5, bacteria, viruses, soot, WILDFIRE smoke without service for 18-24 months. Your won’t even SMELL the outdoor smoke, no matter how dense it may be. That is if you keep your doors and windows closed and don’t turn on an exhaust ventilation system or clothes dryer.
Homemade, High Maintenance Filters? REJECTED!
A fresh homemade filter cut from polyester fluff. CHEAP. Unless the filter is backed with a stiffer material, the filters are often sucked into the fan leading to fan failure.
A homemade filter has about 12.5 square inches of filter area so it must be serviced every 60-90 days. A factory-made SmartVentilation Type III cone-shaped filter has over 3 square feet of MERV 14-15 quality filter material so it needs to be serviced only every 18-24 months.
A freshly-serviced homemade filter with a hog’s hair backer.to keep the filter from being sucked into the fan. Service this filter every 60-90 days.
FACT: Homemade air intake filters are almost NEVER serviced.
WHY? Because nobody ever told or reminds the occupants of the frequent homemade filter service requirement to prevent radon system failure..
#2 Fully Automatic Humidity Controller Prevents Mold
You don’t want to use a table lamp timer or manual OFF/ON switch to prevent mold from high indoor humidity would you?
ESSENTIAL: An automatic, digital Temperature / Humidity controller keeps the breathing zone dry, prevents mold and maintains occupant comfort. . . Automatically
SmartVentilation’s electronic Temperature / Humidity controller can be set to keep the breathing zone dry, comfortable and mold-free no matter what the outdoor weather may be. And you probably won’t need to install a dehumidifier.
REJECTED: Mechanical Dehumidistat
Low Accuracy cellophane and horsehair Moisture Sensing Elements degrade over time, further reducing accuracy
#3 Adjustable Radon Level. Quick, Easy, Accurate
You don’t want to have to set the 48 tabs on a table lamp time to adjust radon levels, do you?
ESSENTIAL: An accurate, easy-to-adjust and precise radon level control
Fine-tuning radon levels is easy and quick with SmartVentilation’s Radon Level control.
A jeweler’s screwdrver is inserted into a small hole. Turning the control clockwise will reduce radon by increasing system airflow. Turning the screw counter-clockwise will reduce ventilation rate. The digital radon meter will assure adjustment accuracy and immediately warn you of system failure
Table Lamp Timers? REJECTED!
SmartVentilation’s adjustable radon level control is so much easier to use (light years ahead) of the table lamp timers so commonly used in an attempt to control single speed fans and prevent high indoor relative humidity. Imagine trying to set 48 individual off/on tabs to control both relative humidity and radon level by pure guesswork.
We think a variable speed fan is a much better idea. Since there were no variable speed fans available, we designed two and have both manufactured. Both are electronically commutated (ECM) and extremely energy efficient. Daisy Ductless and Red Zephyr.
#4 Is Your Radon System Reducing Radon Month after Month, Year After Year?
ESSENTIAL: A 24/7/365 radon level meter will allow you:
- To fine-tune your radon system performance
- To advise you on a daily basis how your radon system is performing
- To warn you immediately if things go wrong.
- To call your radon mitigator for immediate service.
Blue Oil-filled Manometer? REJECTED!
In Fresh Air Ventilation Systems, this blue oil-filled manometer will show that a fan is running by showing oil rise in one side of the U-tube..
If the radon system has an intake filter that has not been serviced and the critical airflow is blocked or restricted by the clogged filter, it will read high and indicate that the system is operating perfectly. TOTALLY WRONG as the system is not reducing radon at all because fresh air has stopped flowing.
#5 Optional CO2 Controller
#6 SmartVentilation Seals "Radon Fountains"
In many cases, when radon appears at levels above about 7.5 pCi/l, it means that the slab was not well-sealed during construction, and that the air conditioning system is operating to “Vacuum or Pull” radon out of the soil through the unsealed “Radon Fountain Pathways.” Sometimes difficult to locate, messy, dirty, unpleasant work. That’s why some radon mitigators just add a lot more hot, humid outdoor air. Adding more air (often hot and humid) is much easier and quicker than sealing “Radon Fountains.” BUT Sealing “fountains” may make it unnecessary to add an expensive dehumidifier later when excess hot, humid air has caused indoor humidity, moisture, and mold problems.
Filter Service? . . . Not Every 60-90 days
A Radon Mitigation / Fresh Air Filter System You won’t get tired of servicing
- MERV 14-15 air cleaning
- 18-24 months service life
- Designed by Wayne Dean
- Manufactured and installed by SmartVentilation, Inc.
We created the Type III cone-shaped filter system to replace the primitive, homemade filters that are so common. To our knowledge, some of our competitors are still installing only short life, primitive “fluff” filter that must be serviced every 60-90 days instead of every 18-24 months. (Or they don’t install a filter at all)
A Humidity Controller to prevent mold and moldy odors as well as occupant discomfort from high indoor relative humidity
Designed by Wayne Dean, manufactured and installed by SmartVentilation. Available to all radon mitigators and HVAC professionals in the USA
Wayne Dean Designed this Indoor rrelative humidity / temperature controller now manufactured by SmartVentilation. It also includes a super-easy radon level adjustment feature. All it takes to set the radon level with precision is a small jeweler’s screwdriver and a radon meter (highly recommended)..
This SmartVentilation SMART controller will deliver the dry, mold -free and comfortable indoor environment that a costly ERV promises but cannot deliver. And it will do so at a much, much lower cost. ERVs are not dehumidifiers.
In many, if not most cases, this SMART humidity controller will make a dehumidifier an unnecessary addition to a mechanical ventilation radon system. And it will do so at a much, much lower cost.
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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Radon is surprisingly common in South Florida, especially in high rise and low rise apartment buildings.
High Rises may have radon on every floor!
The highest radon level we have ever encountered was in a 23rd floor penthouse in Pelican Bay Boulevard. 35 picoCuries per Liter.
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 that concrete blocks are the major radon contributor, and 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
Contrary to what some radon mitigation “Experts” may tell you, permits are rarely required for installation of a Daisy Ductless Radon / Fresh air System. Result? Quick completion. No permit application, no permitting delays, no permitting costs, no permitting re-inspection delays. All because of SmartVentilation’s successful, careful engineering and design.
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 Factory Made?
MERV 2-3 HomeMade?
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? or Mold? NOT SMART
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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