Smart home radon detector offers real-time monitoring

December 29, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Smart home radon detector offers real-time monitoring
Radon gas monitoring company Ecosense has announced the launch of an intelligent and highly accurate home radon monitoring solution.

The EcoQube uses the company's ion chamber radon detection technology, which is claimed to provide radon measurement sensitivity that is 15 times better in performance than the industry standard required for continuous radon monitors. The Wi-Fi connected device, says the company, enables advanced IoT communications to deliver the most accurate, real-time, and affordable home radon monitoring solution on the market.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that emerges from certain geologies. In North America, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Health Canada, it is estimated over 24,000 people die each year from lung cancer due to radioactive radon gas together with as many as one out of every 10 homes having elevated radon levels. Radon exposure is considered the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers.

"At Ecosense, our mission is to ensure a safe and healthy indoor environment for everyone by developing highly accurate radon detectors that help reduce preventable instances of lung cancer," says Ecosense Chief Executive Officer Insoo Park. "Our new EcoQube solution is the next step in our progression toward this goal. We are excited to bring the EcoQube to residents, families, and businesses seeking to create cleaner, safer, and healthier indoor environments."

Compared to other home radon detectors that can be slow and not as accurate, says the company, EcoQube's real-time monitors enable a high detection performance (30 counts per hour per pCi/L) - a performance that can determine radon levels every 10 minutes as compared to other detectors that only report radon levels from up to 2 days of prior exposure. This means the first radon level result from the EcoQube is available in 10 minutes after its initial set-up with reliable results in just one hour.

According to the company, its patented ion chamber performance has been independently validated by studies performed at the University of Michigan (Dept. of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science) and the Kansas State

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