Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even breathing. But a deficiency of humidity in your home might actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can wreck over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or openings in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and brittle. The absence of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the contrary, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are collecting paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up brittle and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your pictures. Low humidity can also make the paint used to make portraits brittle or cause it to split.

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 nice bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially ruining 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.

Want to know if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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