A few months ago we made a big move to a new house. It’s great and exciting – but also came with an entirely new set of problems to worry about, stuff which had never even occurred to me before.
It’s built on the side of a hill, with a giant basement that includes some finished living space. There’s a coal furnace, an oil furnace, and two wood stoves. Despite this being a serene location in the middle of nowhere surrounded by grass and forest, I’m a bit concerned about the indoor air quality and radon levels.
Naturally, my next step was to try to learn more. Exactly how much radon is in my basement? How can I measure the indoor air quality when I’m heating my house in the winter? This is important because it affects how often I air out the basement, whether I keep an air purifier running, etc… So I went on Amazon hoping to find something that would help answer my questions.
I ended up liking the two products below, which together provide a lot of excellent features:
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For Radon Detection:
The Corentium Home Radon Detector is my favorite for radon detection. Per their description: “allows you to take a reading of the radon levels and the LCD screen displays the average daily, weekly and long term concentrations.” Powered by 3 standard AAA batteries.
For Air Quality Monitoring:
The Air Quality Monitor, Formaldehyde Detector, Pollution Meter, Sensor, Tester checks: “multiple measures of air quality including concentrations of formaldehyde, total natural & synthetic volatile organic compounds causing most odors (TVOC), and fine particulate dust matter (PM2.5/PM1.0/PM10)” but does NOTtest for radon.