A Different Kind of Thanksgiving
Your family has made the difficult decision not get together for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. And while it was a difficult decision, it is important to know that you send the message to your family that this is a necessary and needed precaution. The hardest part is that none of you want your mom to be alone and she really wanted to make Thanksgiving dinner. As a compromise, your mom is making the majority of the meal and you and your siblings are all going to pick up and drop off pieces of the meal to each others doorsteps. Once all of the food has been gathered, the group will eat together via Zoom. The whole process is disappointing, but eating a meal alone sure beats being in a hospital bed alone and you are not committed to not taking any more risks. Your family had decided that it is time to do your part to stomp this virus out. You have been careful in the past, but you hope that by being more vocal about your Thanksgiving plans you can help send a strong message to your friends and family who have not been careful in the past.
The only time your family has been worried about the air that they breathe inside the house in the past was the time when you had to work with a radon testing contractor to mitigate the levels in a home you were preparing to sell. The odorless, invisible, and tasteless gas levels in your home were high enough at the time that you had to work with one of the recommended radon testing contractors to lower the levels or go to the expense of sealing the sump pump in the basement. The radon testing contractor also recommended that you consider the less expensive radon mitigation and abatement processes first before paying for the seal.
Radon abatement, of course, seems some what minor today when you compare it to the fact that for the first time in many years you will not be visiting or hosting family members for Thanksgiving. You realize, of course, that this is just one holiday, but you also know that this is the one holiday that your family has always gathered for.
Air Quality Issues and Testing Remains Important During These Days of Covid
Radon testing and inspections are an important part of knowing that your family is safe while they are in your home. Taking this same kind of principle and applying it to maintaining the safest air quality in a home during the Coronavirus pandemic is growing increasingly important as the nation enters the holiday season. With one person infected in a home, for example, if it is possible to isolate that person into one room that can be closed off there is a chance that you can keep that person from infecting others. Employing air circulation techniques like installing a box fan in one open window in the quarantine space, for instance, can keep the air flow moving in a direction that will in its simplest fashion mimic a closed chamber. Wearing masks and remaining serrated remains essential, but paying attention to shared air spaces remains important.
Fortunately, as the world continues to deal with the challenges caused by the pandemic, it is important to note that there are some methods employed by professionals like radon testing contractors that may serve useful. Even more fortunate is the fact that the latest passive systems of mitigation have been shown to be capable of reducing indoor radon levels by more than 50%. When radon ventilation fans are added to these passive strategies, the radon levels can even be reduced further. Many home owners may only be experienced in paying attention to indoor air quality at the time when a home is put up for sale, but the latest threat of Covid 19 has everyone thinking about air circulation, improved filter exchange plans, another factors that can improve the air that your family breathes. About one in 15 U.S. homes is estimated to have radon levels at or above the recommended EPA action level, but everyone should be concerned about air circulation during the pandemic.
A Different Kind of Thanksgiving