Controlling Static Electricity in Your Home

May 2, 2019

Comfort Masters Ltd. understands how annoying it can be when you get shocked as you touch a doorknob or other metal object in your home. Static electricity builds up when free electrons gather on your body as you move over different surfaces.

When there is humidity in the air, the moisture will constantly remove these electrons from your body and keep them from building up. In the winter, when the humidity tends to be lower, the electrons don’t get removed by moisture in the air. When you touch a metal surface, they’ll flow off of your body and cause a painful spark.

Getting Rid of Free Electrons

There are several steps that you can take to minimize electric shocks in your home. Installing a whole-house humidifier can increase the moisture content in the air throughout the winter. This will prevent the buildup of unwanted free electrons on your body.

A free-standing humidifier can also help your situation. Try to keep your space between 30% and 50% humidity to minimize static electricity.

To prevent free electrons from being transferred to your body, you can treat your carpets with an anti-static spray. Rubbing dryer sheets on all of your upholstery can also prevent electrons from getting onto your body. You can keep some sheets in your pocket and rub down surfaces before you sit down.

Certain shoes can minimize the creation of static electricity. Putting anti-static shoes on whenever you walk around your home can minimize your chances of getting zapped.

Your clothes can also cause static electricity in your home. Adding some baking soda to your laundry can help the situation. Certain materials, like leather and cotton, are more resistant to static-electricity buildup.

Our Trusted Air Quality Services

Comfort Masters Ltd. can take the stress out of dealing with any static electricity issue by offering comprehensive indoor air quality services to residents of Oshawa and the surrounding areas. We’re proud to offer a 100% customer-satisfaction guarantee on everything we do, including heating and air repair, installation and maintenance. Learn more about how our HVAC company can serve your specific needs.

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