Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home could actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have around your home that low humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or gaps in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books necessitate moisture to prevent the pages from turning dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photos. Low humidity can also make the paint used to make wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? 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. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in 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 free in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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