Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Extreme humidity can be a bad thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home can actually be harmful to some features of your home’s interior. Learn about these few products you may have around your home that a lack of humidity can ruin 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 contributes to warping or splits in wood flooring.

Books

That’s right – books need moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and brittle. The dryness can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. Conversely, extreme moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity generates static electricity which can disrupt the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, PC, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and pictures, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity may 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 produce artwork brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity is important to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.

Want to know if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Barlow Service Experts today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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