Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even inhaling. But a lack of humidity in your home could actually harm some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also adds to warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to keep the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The dryness 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 even mold.

Electronics

Low humidity produces static electricity which can disturb the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. The up and down levels of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your pictures. Dry air can also make the paint used to make portraits brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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