Picture this: You wake up on a chilly winter’s day, step out of bed and into your fuzzy robe and slippers, walk across your carpeted bedroom into the kitchen, and the moment you touch your metal coffee pot, you feel a quick jolt of electricity zoom through your fingers.
Static electricity is a common (and irritating) issue many homeowners find themselves struggling with, especially in the dryer winter months. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’ll be able to travel around your home without getting shocked every 20 minutes,
How to Manage Static Electricity
Use Anti-Static Spray
Your carpets and rugs are some of the main materials that you can most commonly encounter an electrical shock on. Knowing this, your local home improvement store should have spray products that can reduce the buildup of static electricity. If you don’t want to buy a spray, you can mix water and fabric softener together for a DIY solution.
Dry skin can act as a conduit for static electricity, so keep your skin (especially your hands) well-moisturized. Doing so can help reduce the number of electrons that attach to your skin and cause you to experience a painful shock.
Increase Your Humidity
Cold winter weather can cause the air in your home to become very dry, increasing the amount of static electricity buildup. You can combat this by increasing the humidity levels in your home by:
- Allowing steam from your shower to spread through your home
- Adding house plants
- Installing humidifiers
Once you’ve taken care of the static electricity in your home, make sure your regular electrical work. TFC Electric Inc. is a full service commercial and residential electrician serving all of Suffolk County, from Huntington to Brookhaven. We provide safe, high-quality electrical installations and repairs by experienced electricians. Call us today at 631-589-2800 to schedule a service!