If you’re a little shocked by what has gone on in your house this winter, there’s no need to worry. Static electricity is more common when the air’s drier in the colder months of the year.
When your home’s dry, you’re more susceptible to picking up electrons. Electrons are electrically charged particles that act as a carrier for static flow.
Electronics are highly prone to static electricity because they offer a conductive surface in which conditions are optimal for electrons to release their discharge. It creates a bridge for voltage to be balanced and electrostatic shock to occur. Devices such as computer processors and hard drives can break down easily with even the smallest of static voltages.
There are several ways in which you can stop those sparks from flying and your shirt from crackling. Just like clothing that’s partially wet in the dryer, your home requires moisture to reduce the amount of electron buildup on objects and clothing.
You can reduce or eliminate the amount of static electricity in your home by controlling the temperature of the atmosphere and increasing the humidity level throughout the house. Defeating the dreaded effects of static can be easily solved by installing a whole-house humidification system. Moist air is static electricity’s enemy, and a whole-house humidifier requires less maintenance than a portable humidifier. In addition, water vapor can also save you money by avoiding wall cracks and paint peeling from dry winter air. Having dry air in the home may also make it harder to kick colds and illnesses. The long-term benefits of saving on repairs and heating bills can outweigh the initial cost of a whole-house humidifier.
For more expert advice on static electricity and other HVAC related topics, contact the Rheem Pro Partner.
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