Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But not enough humidity in your home can actually be harmful to some details of your home’s interior. Learn about these few things you may have within your home that a lack of humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or openings in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and fragile. The dryness 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 potentially mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, laptop, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and photographs, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Increasing and decreasing of humidity can cause postage stamps to end up delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your pictures. Low humidity 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 split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the correct amount 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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