Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even inhaling. But too little humidity in your home might actually harm some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few products you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can ruin over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to swell and shrink, which could cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also contributes to warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of portraits or stamps and photographs, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photographs. Dry air can also make the paint used to create portraits brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity matters to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

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

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