Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home might actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have around your home that low humidity can damage over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to avoid the pages from ending up dry and fragile. The dryness can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the other hand, extreme moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity generates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photographs, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Increasing and decreasing of humidity could cause postage stamps to become fragile and discolored and can even curl the corners on your pictures. Low humidity can also make the paint used to create artwork brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

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

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

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