Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But a deficiency of humidity in your home can actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have within your home that a lack of humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

Yes – books require moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can wreak havoc on 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 has a good balance of humidity all year. Increasing and decreasing of humidity may cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. 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 fine bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Insufficient 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 amount of humidity? Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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