Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even inhaling. But not enough humidity in your home may actually be harmful to some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few things you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can damage over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat 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

Yes – books need moisture to avoid the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The dryness can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and potentially 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 a collector of 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 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 make artwork brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little 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 correct balance of humidity? Call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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