Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even trying to breathe. But too little humidity in your home might actually harm 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 Furniture and Wood Floors

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 need moisture to avoid the pages from ending up dry and fragile. 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 potentially mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved Nintendo.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Increasing and decreasing of humidity may cause postage stamps to turn brittle and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photographs. Low humidity can also make the paint used to create wall art brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially damaging 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 right amount of humidity? Call McElroy Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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