Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Too much humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even inhaling. But not enough humidity in your home may actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Learn about these few items you may have in your home that low humidity can damage over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and delicate. The absence of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the other hand, too much moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and potentially mold.

Electronics

Too little humidity produces static electricity which can affect the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, PC, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of portraits or stamps and photographs, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. The up and down levels 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 create artwork brittle or cause it to crack.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity matters to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the correct amount of humidity? Call McKinley Heating Service Experts today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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