Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even inhaling. But not enough humidity in your home might actually harm some features of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have within your home that low humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the other hand, excessive moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can disturb the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, PC, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to turn fragile and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. Dry air 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 fine 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.

Want to know if your home has the correct amount of humidity? Call Comfortech 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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