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It’s Static Season: Here’s How to Keep This Residential Indoor Air Quality Problem in Check
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It’s Static Season: Here’s How to Keep This Residential Indoor Air Quality Problem in Check

Do you feel like you’re getting tricked with a hand buzzer every time you go to open a door in your home? Does petting the cat make its fur stand on end, appearing magnetized towards your hand? Then you’ve got a major static electricity problem!

Though it’s not uncommon by any means in Minnesota homes, static electricity tends to peak during the winter months thanks to low temperatures and dry air. Luckily, there are a vast variety of actions you can take to curb its strength, and it all starts with your residential indoor air quality. Furnace Doctors, your Saint Paul Park providers of air quality control solutions, has the scoop on stopping static below.

Consider a Whole House Humidifier

Static electricity thrives in dry air, but that’s not the only issue improper humidity levels can cause. Check out our HVAC contractor blog “Why Is Regulating Your Home’s Humidity Important?” for the big picture. In short, though low humidity can wreak havoc on both your furniture and health—and with static threatening your peace of mind on top of that, your home can quickly become an unpleasant place to be.

Thank goodness there’s a simple solution: a whole house humidifier installation. By regaining control over your home’s humidity levels, you’ll not only reduce static electricity but also improve your residential indoor air quality in other ways too.

Work With Your Home’s Ventilation Systems

Chances are, your home has a built-in ventilation system of one of four types (check out the United States Department of Energy’s post about them for the specifics). Problems with these ventilation systems, misuse, or a lack of needed maintenance can mean that they fail to regulate your home’s humidity levels as they should.

The solution? A visit from an HVAC contractor! “HVAC” stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so they can make sure your home’s ventilation system is up to par and that it’s doing everything it can to keep static at bay.

Consider Quick Fixes in the Meantime

Though they’re by no means as effective or as long-term as the two aforementioned solutions, a variety of “hacks” can keep you safe from static until help arrives. You may consider purchasing an anti-static spray at your local drug store or supermarket, for one. Sciencing, an online science news platform, also recommends moisturizing one’s skin to eliminate the friction that can bring on bouts of static.

Furnace Doctors: Say Goodbye to Static for Good

Take back your home’s comfort with the help of a whole home humidifier today. Give Furnace Doctors’ Saint Paul Park office a call today at 651-789-3082 to get started.

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