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What are the types of electricity?

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The two types of electricity are static and current. Static electricity is the buildup of an imbalanced electrical charge on the surface of objects that causes objects to be attracted to each other. Current electricity is the flow of electrons through a conductor.

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Static electricity is discharged when two opposite, imbalanced charges find a path to connect both groups and equalize the charges. This equalizing of charges can produce a spark or shock that can be felt, seen and/or heard.

There are two kinds of current electricity: alternating (AC) and direct (DC). Current electricity can cause the heating of a conductor, such as the coil on an electric stove.

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    How do I eliminate static electricity in my house?

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    There are several methods that reduce the static electricity buildup in the home including adding moisture to the air through a home humidifier, adding moisture to the skin through lotions, and choosing less static-enhancing clothes. During the winter months, the drier air inside the house allows static electricity charges to build up.

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    Why is static electricity worse in the winter?

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    In the winter, static electricity is worse due to a lack of air humidity, leading to a charge imbalance. In dry materials such as carpets, hair and nylon, there is a buildup of electrons that creates this charge imbalance, causing static electric to be more intense in winter's drier air. Basically, dry air is a poor conductor of electricity, while humid air is a better conductor that permits any excess electric charge to dissipate into the air.

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    Who discovered static electricity?

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    The Greek philosopher Thales is said to be the first observer of the effects of static electricity based on the accounts of another Greek philosopher, Aristotle. Although historians assert that there is a lack of sufficient evidence to support Aristotle's claim, it demonstrated that ancient Greeks already had a basic understanding of electrical properties.

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    What is static electricity and how does it affect everyday life?

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    Static electricity results from an imbalance between positive and negative charges in an object, according to the Library of Congress. It affects daily life in numerous ways, such as causing hair to rise when a person removes his hat as the electrons get transferred from the hat to the hair.

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