Static electricity is a buildup of an electrical charge on an object such as a doorknob. When you touch that knob, an imbalance is created. The electrons jump from the object to your hand and deliver the unpleasant sensation we commonly refer to as static shock. On an occasional basis, this static is a nuisance, but frequent instances can affect the quality of your home life.
Controlling Humidity Levels
When the air in your home is dry, the buildup of static in a fixed location has nowhere to go. Air is dryer during winter, which is why static is more common during the colder months. The best solution to this is a humidifier. While a portable humidifier is viable, MD Air Conditioning & Heating recommends whole-home humidifiers. These units distribute moisture throughout the home rather than just to specific zones. They also help improve indoor air quality and make your heating system run more efficiently.
Careful Use of Houseplants
MD Air Conditioning & Heating offers many heating and cooling services throughout San Antonio and beyond. But not all solutions for static electricity have to be technology-based. Houseplants are mother nature’s humidifier. However, be careful not to overuse them or over-water them, which can lead to mold.
Friction can exacerbate a static electricity problem. Ripping out your carpets and opting for hardwood can make a big difference. But what if you love your carpets? Consider an anti-static spray that can be applied to carpets, rugs, upholstery and other surfaces.
Localized Anti-Static Protections
There are also localized solutions available, such as anti-static floor mats that you can place at your entrances. If you are working on equipment sensitive to static such as PC components, there are anti-static wrist straps that discharge any static you come in contact with.
Get Rid of Your Static Electricity Problem
At MD Air Conditioning & Heating, we install, repair and maintain all makes and models of heating and cooling equipment. Our team is also available to help you assess and optimize your indoor air quality, and that extends to static electricity. Call us today to learn more.Tags: Air Quality, Cooling, Static Electricity