Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home might actually be harmful to some details of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have in your home that low humidity can ruin over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to swell and shrink, which might cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or gaps in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books require moisture to prevent the pages from turning dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. Conversely, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved Xbox.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Increasing and decreasing of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce wall art 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. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Not sure if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Norrell Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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