Safety is integral to building performance. Whether it is a Home Energy Assessment, which tests for carbon monoxide, or home improvements such as air-sealing and insulation, your home’s air quality and safety are critical considerations in completing efficiency upgrades.
Carbon Monoxide: An Energy Smart Home Energy Assessment will not only improve the efficiency and comfort of your home, it also includes safety testing. Gas heated appliances can off-gas carbon monoxide, a fatal threat to health and human safety. Energy Smart analysts perform testing for carbon monoxide to ensure that your home is safe for you and your family.
Mercury: Compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and some thermostats may contain mercury. To check whether your old thermostat contains mercury, remove the cover and look inside. The thermostat has mercury if there is a glass ampoule (or ampoules) containing a silvery liquid. CFLs and thermostats with mercury must be recycled to avoid releasing mercury into the environment. Many hardware stores will accept these items. Click here for locations to recycle your thermostat and click here for locations to recycle your CFLs.
Radon: A tighter home is a more efficient home. However, since air sealing could increase radon levels in the house, we recommend testing for radon before proceeding with home insulation projects.
Why test for radon? Radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and Colorado has some of the highest rates. Your family could be breathing in this radioactive gas, without you even knowing it. Don’t take your chances. The EPA and Surgeon General have strongly recommended that all homes get tested. Energy Smart Colorado is here to help.
Have high radon levels in your home? Check this website for a list of Certified Radon Mitigation Providers in Colorado.
Learn more about why radon is a problem through this interview with Marty Treadway from Energy Smart Colorado.
Pick up your free test kit today at any of the following locations:
- Walking Mountains Science Center: 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620
- Eagle County Environmental Health Office: 500 Broadway, Eagle, CO 81631
- The Energy Resource Center: Suite 7 in the Third St. Center, 520 S. Third St. Carbondale, CO 81623
- Environmental Health Office at the Lake County Annex: 112 West 5th Street, Leadville CO 80461
- Call Cloud City Conservation Center: (719) 465-6164 or visit their website: http://
For more information on radon, contact the City of Aspen Environmental Health Department at (970) 920-5039 and firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Energy Resource Center: 111 AABC, Suite M , Aspen, CO 81611
- City of Aspen Environmental Health Department: 130 S. Galena Street, Aspen CO 81611
- Pitkin County Public Works: 76 Service Center Road, Aspen, CO 81611
- High Country Conservation Center: 518 E. Main Street cabin in Frisco
- Summit County Environmental Health Department: 360 Peak One Drive, Suite 230, Frisco, CO 80443
- CSU Extension Office, $5 radon test kits including postage and test results, 136 Sixth St., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, 970-879-0825, rcextension.colostate.edu
Radon: The Invisible Killer – A public Service Announcement for Colorado Residents
Every 1 in 15 homes is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Radon is a radioactive gas that leaches into your home from the natural decay of uranium in the soil. Your home traps radon inside where it can build up. Radon can be a problem for any home–old or new, well-sealed or drafty.
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