September 21, 2007, Newsletter Issue #56: Humidity and Electronics

Tip of the Week

Too much humidity in the air is bad for electronics, but a lack of proper moisture can be just as damaging in a different way. A humidifier is an excellent way to prevent excessive buildup of static electricity. If you notice those annoying shocks every time you touch another person, a doorknob, or other metal surfaces, your air is too dry. Remember that you will also get zaps when working with some kinds of computers, including the Macintosh models sold with metal housings. A zap of static electricity can be the kiss of death for computer components, home stereo circuits, and other electronics. Use your home humidifier to rectify the dry air situation and drastically lower your "zap potential".

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