Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home may actually harm some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have around your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also exacerbates warping or gaps in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to prevent the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can disturb the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of wall art or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to end up brittle 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 create wall art brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity is important to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Knochelmann Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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