It is a little known fact that one of the deadliest gases to be found in the home, far worse than carbon monoxide, is radon, the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the cause of over 1,100 deaths a year in the UK alone. It is impossible to see, smell or taste. Radon is a radioactive gas found everywhere. It is formed by the decay of small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils, and when trapped inside the home it becomes dangerous. It is generating such concern that in February 2018, legislation is coming into effect across the EU requiring that radon levels in all public spaces must be monitored.

Radon causes over 1,100 deaths a year in the UK alone

“The amount of radon varies significantly all the time,” says Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings, an Oslo-based company established in 2008 which develops and manufactures products designed to monitor and identify radon levels in indoor air. The company is led by a team of experienced scientists, engineers and technology professionals who wish to educate people about the prevalence of radon and develop accessible technology solutions to help safeguard their homes and keep themselves and their families healthy. “Until recently, the only way to test for radon was to use charcoal or film based canisters, which only take short-term measurements and have to be sent to a lab for examination,” Birkenes continues. “However, because of the fluctuating nature of the gas, this is not the most effective or efficient method.”


Keeping an eye on radon levels


Airthings designs and manufactures products for the professional market as well as homeowners. In January, they launched Airthings Wave, which is an easy-to-use, easy to understand, elegant looking product that can be attached to the wall or ceiling.

Wave connects to a smart phone or tablet with a free app and in addition to radon, temperature and humidity data, color coding is used in the app and on the detector to help users better understand their air quality and radon levels.

Radon levels fluctuate daily making long term, daily monitoring necessary

“By using digital sensors and smart home technology, Wave detects real time and long term radon levels and provides notifications when levels are dangerous,” says Birkenes. “It is a homeowner product using professional grade technology.

Now our goal is to invest in education, and make sure people are aware that there is a simple and effective solution to measuring the air quality within the nation’s family homes.”
Radon levels fluctuate daily making long term, daily monitoring necessary. The effects of radon are very dangerous, however if you have the right information you can easily maintain a healthy home. Airthings is an avid supporter of radon education, awareness and an open communication within communities.

“The statistics for radon related illness are really eye-opening and we have to do something about it,” Birkenes continues. “We want radon detectors to be as prevalent as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important”.

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Airthings is the world leader in digital radon detectors. Established in 2008 in Oslo and lead by a team of scientists, engineers and technology professionals, they work globally with the professional and home-owner market.

Airthings specializes in accurate, user-friendly digital radon detectors, giving the most precise results to protect health and promote safety. With education and awareness around radon as a priority, Airthings’ mission is to ensure people around the world take control of their air quality through simple, affordable and accurate solutions.