Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even inhaling. But too little humidity in your home can actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Learn about these few things you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to expand and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to prevent the pages from turning dry and delicate. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, excessive moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are collecting paintings or stamps and photographs, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even coil the corners on your pictures. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to make artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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