If your home is too energy-efficient, you might be keeping cancer-causing radon from escaping.

I think most of us agree that it’s wise to conserve on energy usage. Wasting any resource is not a good idea, and besides, you can usually save money in the long run by using energy-efficient appliances. I think we can also agree that we don’t like being told by environmentalists to behave in a certain way, nor do we enjoy being forced to buy certain energy-efficient appliances in order to remain compliant with the law.

The problem with some energy-efficient measures is that they can sometimes do more harm than good. If you seal up your house too well, for example, you’ll succeed in keeping heat inside your home during the winter and cooler air inside your home in the summer, but you might also reduce a healthy air exchange.

Fox News recently reported that sealing up a house too well can trap radon inside and may lead to a higher risk of lung cancer. Radon is present in many homes in varying amounts. Nobody wants a drafty house, but the opposite is apparently not healthy, either. It’s estimated that radon contributes to approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.

If you’ve sealed up your home in order to keep hot air from escaping in the winter and cool air from leaking in the summer, you’ve done a good thing. But, you need to check for radon levels and make sure you have an adequate ventilation system. The EPA says that states in the Midwest and New England tend to have the highest radon levels.

How do you feel when the government tries to force you to use only energy-efficient appliances? Do you agree with them that it’s for your own good, or do you resent the intrusions that are based on their perception of what’s right for the environment? Feel free to chime in on this subject.


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