Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But too little humidity in your home can actually be harmful to some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can wreck 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 expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or splits in wood flooring.
Yes – books require moisture to keep the pages from becoming 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.
The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.
Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. Dry air can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.
Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Home Services by Enercare today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.