Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home could actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Learn about these few products you may have around your home that low humidity can ruin over time.

Wooden Floors and Furniture

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

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to prevent the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The dryness can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. 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 cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, PC, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits 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 turn 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 artwork 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 fine 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.

Not sure if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call BW/Cook 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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