Whether it is your hair sticking to your face, the tiny shocks every time you pick something up, or the crackling sound when two objects touch: static electricity is a common phenomenon that can cause serious discomfort. In industrial applications, it can even lead to major defects. Looking to eliminate excessive static electricity in your home? The solution is simple.
How is static electricity formed?
Static electricity is the result of an imbalance between negative and positive charges in an object. These charges can build up on the surface of an object until they find a way to be released or discharged. For example, if you rub your shoes on the carpet, your body collects extra electrons. The shocks you feel when touching something or someone right after are a consequence of those surplus electrons being released from you to the object or the other person.
What role does relative humidity play?
Have you ever noticed how when the air is drier, static electricity seems to build up more quickly? That is because static electricity is directly influenced by the relative humidity in your home. The moisture in the air is a natural conductor, earthing any potential static charge and thus dissolving static electricity. Relative humidity must be below 40% in order for a static charge to be produced. A relative humidity level of 40 to 60% will still enable for build-up, but at a significantly reduced level, and levels above 55% RH will never experience static build-up. In other words: keeping the relative humidity in your home above 40% will help earth static charges and decrease excessive static electricity, while keeping it above 55% will eliminate static charges altogether – creating the perfect environment for comfortable living.
How can I decrease static electricity in my home?
Keeping the relative humidity in your home above 40% will help decrease excessive static electricity. In order to consistently control the humidity levels in your home, establishing an evaporative humidifier can be a good idea. The Daikin humidifying air purifier, for example, can control and measure the humidty through the air purifier while it infuses moisture into the air when it is too dry, maintaining a healthy, appropriate humidity level in the room. Moreover, Daikin air purifiers keep the air healthy and fresh by breaking down allergens, eliminating bacteria, and removing bothersome odors, ensuring a fresher, healthier, more comfortable home environment all while managing humidity levels and keeping static electricity in check.
Having trouble controlling the relative humidity and static electricity in your home? Try minimizing the number of heat-generating machines and removing carpeting.
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