Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even inhaling. But a lack of humidity in your home may actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have around your home that low humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to swell and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and delicate. The lack of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. Conversely, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity produces static electricity which can disturb the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, PC, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity may cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photographs. Low humidity can also make the paint used to make portraits brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

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

Curious if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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