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How to Reduce Static Electricity in the Home

by Penguin Air on January 6, 2017

how to reduce static electricity shocksIt is a common experience that leaves homeowners shocked! Have you noticed that during the winter months your home becomes a zap trap? A place where static electrical shocks are leaving you scared to grab door and appliance handles? You’re not alone in this shocking seasonal occurrence.

In the winter, the air is drier, and there is less humidity in the air. In the summer, humidity regulates static build-up by helping electrons to flow off your body. Remember it’s the electrons flowing from your body into an object that produces that—zap! Therefore, in the winter, when the air is lacking its natural neutralizer, your body and home are more susceptible to static shocks.

Static Build-Up in the Home

Learn How Static Electricity Works from Bill Nye the Science Guy!

If you’re currently experiencing the effects of static electricity build-up in your home, continue reading for tips and tricks for both your home and your body. From how to de-static your laundry to treating your upholstery, have a shock-free winter with help from Penguin Air.

1. Whole-Home Humidifier

As already mentioned, humidity is an important ingredient to reduce static electricity in the air. In dry winters, your body will build-up a larger charge without the correct amount of humidity in the air. With the use of a whole-home or stand-along humidifier, you can regulate the humidity in the home, and therefore limit your likelihood of being zapped.

Whole-home humidifiers can be installed through Penguin Air. You can opt to purchase a stand-alone humidifier to target the humidity levels in a specific room or small space. Using a humidifier will help reduce static electricity in the air, and may just be the answer you’re looking for.

It is recommended that you keep your space above 30%-50% relative humidity for the best de-static results.

If a humidifier is not enough to solve your static woes, continue reading for more home tips and tricks.

2. Anti-Static Carpet Treatment

By spraying your carpets and rugs with an anti-static treatment, you’ll have big results in reducing static electricity in the home.

A carpet can generate a lot of static electricity, and even more when the humidity in the air is low. On an untreated carpet static electricity will build-up as a result of friction between your shoes and the carpet fibers.

3. Grab the Dryer Sheets

Not for your laundry, but for your upholstery. Directly targeting your furniture by rubbing them down with dryer sheets will reduce static electricity in your home. Especially when you come into contact with your furniture fabrics.

Using these methods in combination with the laundry and body tips below, you’ll be able to de-static the rest of your winter.

4. Static Build-Up on your Body

There are ways not just to reduce static electricity in your home, but also on your body. Increase your comfort and beat static build-up with these tricks for what to wear and how to care for your skin in the dry, winter months ahead. 

5. Low-Static Fabrics

The fabrics that you wear on your body can greatly impact the build-up of static on your body. Wearing rubber-soled shoes for instance are insulators and will produce more static. Wool will also produce more static. Avoid any synthetic fibers, such as polyester and nylon as well.

Stick with leather-soled shoes for the lowest amount of static build-up. Also always wear natural fibers, like cotton socks and clothing.

To review: Wool, Polyester, Nylon, Synthetic Fibers, Rubber — No; Leather, Natural Fibers, Cotton — Yes 

6. Laundry with Baking Soda

A addition of ¼ cup of baking soda to your laundry routine can cause significant decrease of static electricity in your clean clothes. It is helpful to not only wear anti-static fabrics, but also to clean all of your clothing with de-static formulas.

Baking soda is a very versatile ingredient, it acts as a barrier between positive and negative charges, keeping them from creating static build-up. Baking soda also acts as a natural water and fabric softener.

If you are doing a small load, consider 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda. For a larger load, put in ½ cup. ¼ cup is just the average recommended amount. 

Hydrate Your Skin

Moisturized skin is an easy way to reduce the effects of static shock in the dry, winter months. By using lotions and moisturizers, as well as making sure to hydrate, your skin will be less susceptible to dryness and static electricity.

As we learned earlier about the air, the drier it is, the more static electricity there is. The same goes for your skin. Tackling dry skin throughout the day will lower the potential of you getting zapped in your home.

For more information on whole-home humidifiers and furnace care, visit Penguin Air. We’re here to help you keep your home warm and comfortable with HVAC and anti-static care.

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Wishing you a happy 2017!

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