Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home may 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 levels go up and down it causes wood to swell and shrink, which may cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also adds to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the contrary, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Increasing and decreasing of humidity could cause postage stamps to turn fragile and discolored and can even coil 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 collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Neal Harris Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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