Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even inhaling. But a lack of humidity in your home could actually harm some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few things you may have around your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to prevent the pages from ending up dry and fragile. The absence of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the contrary, extreme moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, PC, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of wall art or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity can cause postage stamps to turn brittle and discolored and can even coil the corners on your photos. A lack of moisture in the air can also make the paint used to make portraits brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, 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 Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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