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 a deficiency of humidity in your home could actually be harmful to some aspects of your home’s interior. Learn about these few products you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to expand and shrink, which may cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The dryness can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the other hand, extreme moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity generates static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Increasing and decreasing of humidity can cause postage stamps to become brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to make wall art brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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