Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even inhaling. But too little humidity in your home could actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Learn about these few things you may have around 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 weakness in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to prevent the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, too much moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity produces static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, PC, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and photographs, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Increasing and decreasing of humidity may cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce portraits brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. Insufficient 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, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call D.A. Bennett Service Experts today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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