Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But too little humidity in your home may actually harm some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to keep the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, excessive 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 plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Increasing and decreasing of humidity can cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even curl 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 crack.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Knochelmann Service Experts today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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