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Golf Classic has raised
over $250,000 to Date!
Thank you for your support of this year's 23rd Annual Heart & Stroke Golf Classic.
Year to date, we have raised over $250,000 to go towards promotion of Healthy Living, and to fund research that Saves Lives and Promotes Recovery. Thank you Lethbridge, we couldn't have done this without your continued support.
Contact us to participate in next year's event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, 2018!
in need for a
Airtech and Lennox are partnering up to provide a FREE FURNACE INSTALLATION to someone in need in the Lethbridge area each year. This is not a lottery or a contest, but a way to give back to those in need within our community. Lennox donates the furnace, our employees donate their time, and Airtech donates the rest.
To find out more, or to nominate a deserving person, go to www.heatupalberta.ca
Be sure to spread the word, as the nomination deadline is September 5, 2017 for the October 7th installation!
Demo units, used, slightly used, scratched/dented, and even new equipment.
All certified by our technicians to be in perfect working order. If you need it installed, we can help you with that too!
Official Partner of the Lethbridge Hurricanes
Airtech has partnered with Lennox to be your proud sponsor of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Watch for us on the scoreboard and along the boards (section N) and listen for us on the announcements. For a full schedule and more, be sure to visit http://www.lethbridgehurricanes.com
Radon is a dense, colourless, odourless, tasteless, non-combustible radioactive gas that occurs from the natural decay of uranium found in all soil. Radon is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause after smoking.
Radon in the air
Radon gas is constantly radiating from the earth’s surface and, as it mixes with the air outdoors, the gas is diluted to the point that it does not pose a serious problem or risk. The risk of radon exposure arises in homes and buildings that are air tight, poorly ventilated and have leaks in their foundations that allow air from the soil into the basement.
As the radon gas decays, it produces products that stick to the dust particles in the air. These particles combine with the radioactive radon gas in the air and, if this mixture is inhaled over time, they can cause health problems and possibly lung cancer.
Radon can enter a dwelling by many different means, most common of which are through cracks or holes in basement floors and walls as well as sump holes. The gas can also enter a dwelling through construction joints, gaps around service pipes and is even released by some construction materials such as some granite, shale and limestone. Heat rising insite homes can create a negative pressure, drawing air/radon from the soil through even intact foundations.
The concentration level of radon gas in the air is measured in Becquerels (Bq), which is a measure of radioactivity, per cubic meter (Bq/m3). Canada’s guideline for radon in indoor air is that the average annual concentration should not exceed 200 Bq/m3.
In 2017, the University of Calgary released the findings of its study showing that 1 in 8 (12.4%) of homes had levels exceeding the 200 Bq/m3 safe limit, with newer and larger homes having higher than average levels.
In 2012, Health Canada conducted a two-year study of radon concentrations in thousands of homes across Canada to acquire an estimate of the number of Canadians living in homes with radon levels above 200 Bq/m3. The study revealed that an average 6.9% of Canadians were living in homes that exceed Canada’s radon guidelines. The average in Alberta was about 6.6% with the Chinook Health Region averaging about 9% of homes above 200 Bq/m3.
There is no instant test for radon. Because radon is colourless, odourless, tasteless and extremely dense, it cannot be detected by normal means. The only way to know if radon is an issue in your home is to have it tested either by purchasing a do it yourself radon testing kit (available at most building centres, online, or from certified contractors) or hiring a radon measurement professional. Or, you can participate in the University of Calgary 2017 Study and get your own test done for approximately $60 plus GST.
No matter which option you choose, Health Canada recommends that the house is tested for no less than 3 months (12 months is optimum) and that ideally the test should be performed between September and April, when doors and windows tend to be kept closed.
There are a number of actions you can take to keep radon concentrations in your home at a safe level: seal cracks in basement walls and floors, and seal sump pump wells to prevent radon from seeping in from weeping tiles. This will help to limit radon infiltration into your home. But when it comes to radon, above all, remember that ventilation is the key. Changes to the Building Code in 2015 require homes to have foundation venting roughed in specifically so that those homes that test positive can easily be remedied.
The best way to keep radon levels from building up in enclosed spaces is to use a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). HRV’s work by exhausting stale indoor air and drawing in fresh outdoor air, exchanging the heat in in process.The use of an HRV will help make your home healthier, cleaner and more comfortable through the continuous exchange of stale air for fresh air. Contact Airtech for more info.
Health Canada’s Radiation Protection Bureau
Alberta and Northwest Territories Regions
Robson DNA Science Centre Network