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Radon Test Kits vs. Electronic Air Quality Monitors: Which is Right for You?

Learn the key differences between radon test kits and electronic air quality monitors to choose the right radon testing device for your home.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into homes and cause lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all homes be tested for radon.

There are two main types of radon testing devices: radon test kits and electronic air quality monitors.

Which one is better for your home?

Radon Test Kits Vs. Air Quality Monitors

Radon test kits are a type of passive radon testing device. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. However, they can be inaccurate, and they only provide a snapshot of radon levels in your home.

Electronic air quality monitors are a type of active radon testing device. They are more accurate than radon test kits, and they can provide real-time readings of radon levels in your home. However, they are more expensive and require more maintenance than radon test kits.

This table summarizes key differences between radon test kits and air quality monitors:

Which Type of Radon Testing Device Is Best?

The best type of radon testing device for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and easy-to-use radon testing device, then a radon test kit may be a good option for you.

However, if you want a more accurate radon reading, as well as ongoing monitoring, then an electronic air quality monitor may be a better option for you. You will need to pay more for it and probably spend more time installing and maintaining the device. 

Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing a radon testing device:

  • Size of your home. If you have a large home, you may need more than one radon test kit or air quality monitor. You should consider a longer testing period.
  • Location of your home. If your home is located in an area with high radon levels, you may need to prioritize accuracy of results.
  • Other pollutants. A radon test kit is a good option if you are looking to measure radon levels in your home and be done. Most air quality monitors, on the other hand, have capability to detect other pollutants on a continuous basis.
  • Budget. Radon test kits are more affordable than electronic air quality monitors, but test kits can only be used once. An air quality monitor will continue to monitor.

No matter which type of radon testing device you choose, it’s important to test your home for radon regularly. Radon levels can fluctuate over time, so levels today may be very different a year from now. By testing your home for radon more frequently, you can get peace of mind that you’re family is safe. 

See also:

Common Questions About Air Quality Monitors

Should You Be Worried About Radon in Your Home?

How to Detect Mold in the Air

Gideon Rubin

Gideon Rubin is the CEO and co-founder of YourIAQ and Sensables, where he leads strategy and business development. He previously co-founded Pandio and Local Data Exchange, and held c-level roles at NavAds and Local Market Launch. Gideon is an experienced entrepreneur focused on building organizations that use data, AI, and machine learning to solve complex problems and change lives.