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 damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also adds to warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require 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

Low humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved Nintendo.

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 may cause postage stamps to turn fragile and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your pictures. 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 crack or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the correct 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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