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 a lack of humidity in your home could actually damage some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which may cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and fragile. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the other hand, too much 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 LED television, laptop, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

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

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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