Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a negative thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But not enough humidity in your home can actually damage some features of your home’s interior. Learn about these few products you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

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

Books

Absolutely – books necessitate moisture to prevent the pages from becoming dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, extreme moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of wall art or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn brittle and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photographs. Dry air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

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

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