Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home might actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few things you may have within your home that low humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which could cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also exacerbates warping or crevices in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books require moisture to avoid the pages from ending up dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also cause the ink to flake and the covers to warp. On the contrary, too much moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, PC, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Increasing and decreasing of humidity could cause postage stamps to become brittle and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your pictures. Low humidity can also make the paint used to make artwork brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Too little 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 amount of humidity? Call McElroy Service Experts today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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