why is there more static electricity in the winter

Why Does Static Electricity Get Worse in Winter? by January 4, 2016 2:00 PM
I HATE We ve been very lucky in Connecticut so far this Winter. It s only been really cold a couple of times since October. This morning, it s COLD, you can smell snow in the air when you go outside. As I walked into work, I was reminded of how cold it was by simply hanging my coat up. As I hung my jacket on a metal door handle, I got a huge static electricity shock! Oh man, this was a beauty. It made my fingers go numb. I started thinking, why the hell do we get these static electricity shocks only in Winter? So, I did some researching: According to a post on, Static Electricity is simply the burst of energy when two different charged materials are brought together. All materials are made out of atoms, which are surrounded by electrons. These electrons have a positive or a negative charge.


So, when your finger which is positively charged, approaches a piece of metal, which is negatively charged, you get a big discharge of electricity. OUCH. Why is static electricity is more prevalent in Winter? I never get shocked hanging up my bathing suit on the hook in Summer? It s the humidity in the air. Moisture in the air helps dissipate the static electricity from your body, but in the Winter, there is less humidity in the air. So, without this helpful humidity, we are retaining much more of a charge than in the warmer months. Simple solutions for avoiding these surprising shocks? Buy a humidifier for your home or office, it will keep you humid, and provide you a saving layer of moisture. You could also keep a coin in your hand, or your keys, as you touch metal objects. I hope my little blog will save you from a surprise shock today.


Listen to Large Dave on 95. 1 FM, online at i95rock. com/listen-live/ or by downloading the radioPup app for your mobile device. Question:P Does the weather affect static electricity? Answer: You ll often find dry weather will affect static electricity. Shocks are worst under certain weather conditions. Static shocks will increase during the winter when the air outside is cold and dry. They may disappear in warmer damper weather. Static charge build-up is enhanced when the weather is dry so static problems are often noticed more in dry air of the winter. The air outside can be very dry when the weather is cold. Indoors, central heating or air conditioning can give very dry conditions which promote static electricity. Heating warms the air and reduces its humidity. Static shocks are often noticed in cold dry weather, especially when in a centrally heated environment, and may disappear when the weather gets more humid.


Static shocks may also be encouraged under air conditioning in hot weather. PMany people choose to use aPhumidifier to increase air moister which helps dissipate static charges. When there are ESD concerns in environmentsPsuch as semiconductor or electronicsPmanufacturing, the ANSI20. 20 requires thatPtemperaturePandPhumidityPreadings are taken when measuring static. PTypically a or a are use to measure static and many take these readings as well as measuring static. Every Thursday, Transforming Technologies will answer questions concerning all things ESD: static causes, threats, PESD prevention, best practices and all things static in a feature we callP ESD Q A. PIf you have ESD questions that you would like to be answered, emailP PPwith Q A in the subject line.

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