Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But a deficiency of humidity in your home can actually damage some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases 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 splits in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books need moisture to avoid the pages from becoming dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the contrary, excessive moisture could cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, desktop computer, or even your beloved gaming console.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photographs, 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 brittle 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 make wall art 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 nice bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially damaging 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 right balance of humidity? Call Becht/Givens Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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