This popular question got me wondering if there is a simpler way to reduce radon in homes.
Our house has a fairly standard radon mitigation system. It has a lot of parts. There is a hole cut in the basement floor. There is a thick pipe which goes up through all the floors with lots of bends and turns, like the old Microsoft "pipes" screensaver. There is a powerful, always-running fan in the attic pulling the air up and out through a roof vent. There are also other components, such as a manometer and other sensors. It all has to be serviced by technicians.
Like any system with a lot of components and a lot of puncture points through surfaces, there are many points of potential failure.
Why not have a standalone unit in the basement with a fan that blows the air through an electrostatically-charged baffle of gills or fins or whatever, collecting the radon until it decays? At least then it won't end up in the lungs, where it causes the damage.
We could put lead shielding around the unit, if necessary.