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 trying to breathe. But a deficiency of humidity in your home could actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few products you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can damage over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to swell and shrink, which could cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The bloating and shrinking also adds to warping or openings in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books require moisture to avoid the pages from turning dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the contrary, excessive moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Low humidity produces static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, PC, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. The up and down levels of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to create artwork brittle or cause it to split.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Insufficient 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 Becht/Givens Service Experts today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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