Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But a lack of humidity in your home could actually damage some features of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have around your home that insufficient humidity can ruin over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which might cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The absence of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. Conversely, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, PC, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of wall art or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Increasing and decreasing of humidity could cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the correct amount of humidity? Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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