Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But too little humidity in your home might actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels go up and down 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.

Books

Yes – books need moisture to avoid the pages from becoming dry and fragile. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the contrary, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. The up and down levels of humidity could cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photographs. Low humidity can also make the paint used to create artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

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

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

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