Controlling Static Electricity in Your Home

During cold weather, you may notice your hair standing on end or a shock coming from everyone you touch. This is because the dry, cold air of winter is the perfect environment for static electricity to form. It can be hard to eradicate static electricity entirely, but there are ways to eliminate the conditions that are most likely to create it.

Humidifiers vs. Dehumidifiers

Humidifiers add moisture to the air while dehumidifiers pull moisture out of it. If you live somewhere with very humid summers, you may find using a dehumidifier helpful in preventing mold, but it’s not recommended for use in an arid climate.

The addition of a humidifier is a smart choice if you live somewhere with cold, dry winters or hot, dry summers. In addition to minimizing static in the air, a humidifier can help alleviate dry throat and nasal cavities, chapped lips, dry and itching skin, and even warping and cracking in wood furniture.

Other Ways to Minimize Static Electricity in the Home

While using a humidifier is the most effective way to reduce the amount of static generated in your home, there are other ways to make your residence more comfortable. If possible, go barefoot when you are inside. If you must wear shoes, choose shoes with leather soles. Wear cotton, linen and other natural fibers when possible. Keep your skin well moisturized, and decorate with live plants.

While these measures will not totally eliminate the problem, they will reduce the static being generated. For a more effective approach, consider a whole-house humidifier. These create a more comfortable and healthy home environment.

Whole house humidifiers are easy to use and more efficient than the portable units you are probably familiar with. They do not require cleaning or refills and can be set to operate automatically.

Call Air Max HVAC for more information on how a whole-house humidifier can enhance your home. We assist clients throughout Burbank and the surrounding area with repair, installation, and maintenance of heating and cooling systems as well as all services related to air purity.

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