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 breathing. But too little humidity in your home may actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have around your home that low humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Yes – books necessitate moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and delicate. The lack of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the contrary, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, PC, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and photographs, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity may cause postage stamps to end up delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to make artwork brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity is important to you, too. A lack of 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, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.