Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairdos, 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 around your home that insufficient humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to prevent the pages from turning dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. Conversely, too much moisture could result in the book pages sticking 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 plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity is important to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right 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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