Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even inhaling. But not enough humidity in your home can actually harm some features of your home’s interior. Learn about these few items you may have in your home that a lack of humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to expand and shrink, which may cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also exacerbates warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

Absolutely – books necessitate moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and brittle. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the other hand, excessive moisture could end up with 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, desktop computer, 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. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to produce artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Do you collect win? Or play the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a good 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 cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts today for a free in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.

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