In the winter, air becomes overly dry because cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air. A 10 to 20 percent drop in relative humidity is the primary reason for annoying static electricity. Have you ever given yourself, a loved one, or your computer a nasty static shock? Do clothes and sheets stick to your body and make your hair stand on end? If you’re tired of shocking yourself, endangering sensitive electronics, and trying to keep your hair under control, try implementing these tips to minimize static electricity in your home this winter.
- Install a humidifier: Portable humidifiers are designed for one-room use, so if you want to minimize static electricity throughout your entire home, you need a whole-house humidifier. This device raises relative humidity to a set point so you prevent static electricity buildup without over saturating the air.
- Use dryer sheets: Even with added moisture from a humidifier, clothing can still develop static buildup. Lessen it by using dryer sheets when you dry your clothes. You can even rub dryer sheets on the clothes you’re wearing to eliminate static cling.
- Lotion up: By keeping your skin moisturized, you create a barrier for static electricity and prevent cracked, itchy skin caused by dry air as well.
- Use conditioner: Stop frizzy hair by using conditioner when you wash your hair in the winter, if not all throughout the year.
- Protect your computer: A major concern is that static electricity can damage computers and other electronics when you touch them while carrying a static charge. To protect your computer, touch another grounded surface before you press the power button, use an anti-static wrist strap when working on interior components, and keep the air in your home at the optimal humidity level with a whole-house humidifier.
Now that you know how to minimize static electricity, you can enjoy greater home comfort and prevent damaging your equipment. To learn more, please contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company today. We have served the Fort Worth/Arlington area since 1955.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Static Electricity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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