Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even inhaling. But a deficiency of humidity in your home might actually harm some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have within your home that low humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to swell and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to avoid the pages from ending up dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the contrary, extreme moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photographs, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to become fragile and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photographs. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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