How to Prevent Static Electricity In Your Home

Have you ever reached out to touch someone or something only to be shocked? This is the result of static electricity in the air. Not only can it be shockingly painful, but static electricity can also fry electronics -- like your computer -- under some circumstances. Prevent and eliminate static electricity in your home to protect yourself and your electronics.

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Place antistatic mats in the high traffic areas of your home and around electronics. These mats prevent static electricity from being charged and transferred between the floor and your body. Place one under your computer chair where your feet rest to defuse static electricity transferred from your computer to your person.

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Install humidifiers around your house. Dry air is ideal for static electricity to form. Humidifiers are compact and add much needed moisture to the air in your home. These are especially important in the winter months when the air tends to be dry. Humidifiers are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any home supply store.

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Install tile or hardwood flooring. Carpet is a big contributor for charging static electricity into large enough amounts to be felt.

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Plug any appliances and electronics into surge protectors. This protects important electronic items such as your computer and TV from being fried by a large power surge.