If you’ve lived in East Texas for any length of time, you know that winter can be a pain. The temperatures drop, winter weather brings hazardous road conditions, and summer seems like a long-distant memory.
With the winter weather comes drier air, both outside and in your home. While lower humidity can bring relief from the hot days of summer, it can also lead to higher rates of static electricity in your home.
In addition to preparing your HVAC system for winter, installing a central humidifier in your home can save you and your loved ones from unpleasant shocks. Keep reading to learn how a central humidifier can help you stabilize the humidity level in your home and cut down on static electricity in your day-to-day life.
What Causes Static Electricity?
Static electricity occurs more often in the winter than in the summer. This is because, in general, the air has less moisture in the winter than it does in the summer. Moisture in the air allows electrons to disburse more easily. When there’s less moisture in the air, electrons tend to clump together in one spot, causing an electric charge to build up.
When this electric charge builds up on your clothes, hair, or another part of your body, the charge will release when you get close to another conductor. Getting close to an electronic device, a metal doorknob, or even another person can result in a nasty shock for you both.
While these surprise shocks are more annoying than they are harmful, they can pose a risk to your electronics if the static charge builds too high. Plus, experiencing minor shocks all day long can get old really fast.
How a Central Humidifier Can Help
A central humidifier, also known as a whole-house humidifier, can help you maintain the proper amount of moisture in your home. This increase in moisture will prevent static electricity from building up in the first place, leading to fewer shocks.
Unlike a portable humidifier, which only measures the humidity level in a single room of your home, a central humidifier connects directly to your HVAC system. This means that it can regulate the moisture levels in the air throughout your home. This also means it won’t take up too much floor space or occupy too many outlets throughout your home.
Call Us to Set Up Your Central Humidifier Today
As with any HVAC system maintenance or repair, trust the experts to help you install your central humidifier. They’ll ensure it’s installed correctly and works well with the rest of your system. If you own a home in Nacogdoches County, Shelby County, or the surrounding areas, McWilliams & Son are the experts for you.
While we’re there, we can also perform a tune-up on your entire HVAC system. We’ll clean the filters, check for toxins, and generally ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.
Ready to install a humidifier and wave goodbye to static electricity in your home? Fill out our contact form to get in touch with us today!