Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But not enough humidity in your home can actually be harmful to some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few products you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to swell and shrink, which may cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also contributes to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books require moisture to prevent the pages from ending up dry and delicate. The dryness can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the other hand, excessive moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity generates static electricity which can disturb the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are collecting wall art or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Increasing and decreasing of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photographs. Low humidity can also make the paint used to produce wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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