How to Setup Airthings' Radon Monitor
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Thank you for your interest in radon testing. In this video I will be showing you how to utilize the detector in front of you to help deliver an accurate test.
When you first open the box you will be faced with the AirThings Corentium Home Digital Radon Detector. You will notice that the monitor will either display numbers or Dashes, this is because the device constantly reads the air to deliver results. So what you will need to do is reset the device, to start your test.
On the back of the detector there are two little buttons labeled Reset, and Mode. Simply press the reset button, and the monitor will start a new test. Use a pen or paperclip to press and hold the reset button for about 8-10 seconds or until it starts calibrating.
It is important to note that when you press this button, it erases the information previously gathered. So be wary of accidentally, or prematurely pressing it.
The mode button relates to a long term average test, which is tested over 90 days or more. For your short-term test, it won’t be of much use to you.
Calibration will take between 45-60 seconds before dashes will appear.
On your screen, you will now notice two lines of flashing dashes. This indicates that the test is now running, and the detector is now gathering information. In 6 to 24 hours, it will start displaying both long-term, and short-term radon averages. The longer the test sits, the more accurate the results will become.
When placing the detector it is best to find a space that represents your normal breathing air. So placing it in a living area, like a bedroom or a living room, is preferred.
Do’s & Don’ts of Radon Monitor Placement
- Living Room
- Furnished Basement
- Basement Bedroom
- Covered Porch
It should be placed out of direct sunlight, or moisture at least 2 feet off of the ground, and at least 5 feet away from the nearest door, window, or air vent. It is also important to not move the detector during the test.
When choosing your location, one should avoid setting the detector directly on natural stone, as they can falsely raise your reading, resulting in an inaccurate average.
As your averages show up, they will be displayed in a unit called pCi/L. The lower the number the better. If the number is a 4.0 pCi/L or higher, The EPA recommends you have a licensed radon mitigation contractor install a system to help lower the results.
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