Too much humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home may actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have in your home that low humidity can ruin over time.
When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to swell and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also contributes to warping or gaps in wood flooring.
That’s right – books need moisture to keep the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The dryness can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.
The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved PlayStation.
Whether you are collecting wall art or stamps and photographs, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to become brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. Dry air can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to crack.
Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? 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. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.
Not sure if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today or schedule online for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.
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