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 inhaling. But not enough humidity in your home may actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few things you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

Yes – books require moisture to avoid the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The dryness can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity generates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are collecting wall art or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. The up and down levels of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. 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 wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity matters to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, 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 All American Air Service Experts today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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