AprilAire giving away thousands of free radon test kits

Madison-based AprilAire is giving away thousands of radon tests in January to Wisconsin and Pennsylvania residents to mark National Radon Action Month.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils and it’s the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers leading to an estimated 21,000 deaths each year. Measured by pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends mitigation strategies when radon levels are greater than or equal to 4.0 pCi/L — the equivalent of having 200 chest x-rays per year or smoking eight cigarettes every day.

More than 30 states are estimated to have elevated radon levels. The company has targeted three areas for the free test kit giveaways: its hometown of Madison (Dane County), near Milwaukee (Waukesha County), and hot spots in Pennsylvania including Allentown (Lehigh County), Reading (Berks County), and King of Prussia (Montgomery County). All these areas are considered Zone 1, meaning homes in the area have the highest potential of elevated radon levels compared to the rest of the country.

AprilAire is providing up to 1,000 test kits in Dane County through its professional HVAC partner Harker Heating & Cooling. Up to another 1,000 will be available through Kettle Moraine Heating & Air Conditioning in nearby Milwaukee. To get a free test, homeowners should contact the AprilAire partner in their respective regional area.