Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home could actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have within your home that low humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and brittle. The dryness can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. Conversely, too much moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity produces static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

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

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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