Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But a deficiency of humidity in your home might actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Check out these few things you may have around your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also adds to warping or gaps in wood flooring.

Books

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

Electronics

The absence of humidity produces static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings 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 end up delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. Dry air can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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