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. Check out these few products you may have in your home that insufficient 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 fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books require moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and delicate. The dryness 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 potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity creates static electricity which can affect 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 wall art 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 pictures. Dry air can also make the paint used to make portraits brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

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

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

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