Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But not enough humidity in your home could actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to swell and shrink, which might cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also contributes to warping or openings in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to prevent the pages from becoming dry and delicate. The lack of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. Conversely, excessive moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are collecting wall art or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity can cause postage stamps to become delicate and discolored and can even coil the corners on your pictures. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce portraits brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity is important to you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying 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 Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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