Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home can actually damage some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have within your home that a lack of humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to swell and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also adds to warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books need 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. On the other hand, excessive moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, laptop, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of portraits 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 curl the corners on your pictures. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity matters to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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