Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home may actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few things you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which might cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and brittle. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the other hand, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with 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 hurting your valuable home.

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