If you experience a lot of static electricity in your home, you may benefit from the use of a humidifier. During the winter months in particular, low humidity levels in your home make the air dry, and this results in the formation of static electricity. Static electricity not only shocks you, but it also can damage electrical equipment.
Your body has the ability to hold a static charge of up to 20,000 volts, so walking across the carpet in a dry environment and then touching an electronic device can produce a significant and possibly damaging electrical charge.
Installing a whole-home humidifier can help to maintain an ideal indoor relative humidity of 35 percent or higher, to prevent static electricity from occurring. This keeps your indoor air comfortably moist, even if humidity levels outside are extremely low.
When conditions outside produce low relative humidity, the air in your home becomes dry, and will draw moisture from whatever source it can. This includes taking it from your nose, throat and skin. The average home will not produce enough moisture to correct the air quality on its own. For example, you would have to take more than 200 showers per day to provide the moisture that a 2,000-square-foot home would require during the winter months.
In addition to reducing static electricity, a humidifier can provide several other benefits. Proper indoor humidification can also:
- Reduce fatigue and illness.
- Improve physical comfort.
- Reduce or eliminate chapped lips, itchy or dry skin and irritated eyes.
- Reduces dust particles in the air.
It’s important to choose your home’s humidifier carefully, because you want to avoid bacteria and mold growth that can occur in standing water. Humidifiers that are equipped with drains that remove unused water continuously or when the unit is turned off are the best option.
If you live in the Peachtree area and want to improve the air quality in your home with a humidifier, contact us at Powers Heating & Air to schedule an air-quality test and discuss your options for a home humidifier.
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