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Come on, admit it.  When you were a kid, you sometimes tried to nail yourself, a sibling, or one of your parents by causing a static electric shock, right?

But sooner or later that habit got broken either from one too many “time outs” or just because it started to really hurt. Today, like always, people find static electricity to be a major annoyance. But it’s not just the physical impact to consider. Static electricity also can damage sensitive electronics.

At Burton, we can help reduce static electrical shocks in your home with a whole-house humidifier.  As the name suggests, a humidifier adds moisture to your indoor air to compensate for the overly dry conditions caused by your heating system. And dry heat, ultimately, is what causes static electricity.

Whole-house humidifiers work in tandem with your furnace to add just the right amount of moisture into your indoor air. You can control the relative humidity and change the level at any time.

A humidifier will even help you cut your heating costs since you’ll feel warmer at lower temperature settings due to the added moisture.

Here are some simply DIY tips you can implement to help even more with static electricity reduction:

  • Don’t drag your feet. You create static electricity when you drag your feet across a rug or carpet.
  • Use antistatic mats. Place these in all entryways and other high traffic areas.  They prevent static electricity from charging and causing you unnecessary shocks and pain.
  • Use dryer sheets. You know that feeling of pulling sheets out of the dryer and getting zapped?  You can eliminate that with dryer sheets.
  • Use lotion on your hands and feet. If you can’t moisturize your home, you can at least moisturize your body.
  • Incorporate indoor plants and bowls of water around the house to add moisture to your home.
  • Glide the long side of a wire or metal hanger over your clothes to remove static electricity.

For more information about a whole-house humidifier for your home, contact Burton today.  We’ll be happy to schedule a free in-home consultation to accurately assess your family’s needs.