Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

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

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Absolutely – books require 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 even mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of wall art or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity may cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. 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 matters to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause 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 and make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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