Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even inhaling. But a deficiency of humidity in your home can actually harm some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Yes – books need moisture to avoid the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The absence of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the contrary, extreme moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity could cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photos. Dry air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low 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 balance of humidity? Call Strand Brothers Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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