Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But a lack of humidity in your home might actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which might cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also exacerbates warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and fragile. The dryness can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, PC, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and photos, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn 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 produce portraits brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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