Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home can actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Yes – books need moisture to avoid the pages from becoming dry and fragile. The dryness can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the other hand, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to turn brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. Dry air can also make the paint used to make wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Service Experts Commercial HVAC today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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