Seasonal indoor radon concentration in FYR of Macedonia
AuthorsStojanovska, Zdenka A.
Žunić, Zora S.
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This paper presents the results of the seasonal indoor radon concentration measurements in dwellings in all regions of the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia. The measurements were made in 437 dwellings using CR-39 track detectors over four successive three-month periods (winter, spring, summer and autumn) throughout 2009. The results of analysis of variance showed statistically significant differences between indoor radon concentrations in different seasons. The geometric mean values and geometric standard deviations of indoor radon concentrations in winter, spring, summer and autumn were obtained to be: 115 Bq m(-3) (2.02), 72 Bq m(-3) (1.97), 46 Bq m(-3) (1.95), 92 Bq m(-3) (2.02), respectively. The geometric mean values of spring, summer and autumn to winter ratios were found to be: 0.63 (1.50), 0.40 (1.81), and 0.80 (1.58), respectively. The results of the analysis of the variance showed statistically significant differences among the indoor radon measurements for the reg...ions in different seasons. The influence of the factors linked to building characteristics in relation to radon measurements in different seasons was examined. The factors which enable a differentiation into subgroups (significance level p LT 0.05) are the floor level, basement and building materials. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.