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 trying to breathe. But too little humidity in your home can actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few products you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to swell and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also contributes to warping or gaps in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books need moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and delicate. The dryness can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, too much moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity generates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, 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. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to become brittle and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your pictures. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

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 split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Not sure 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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