Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a terrible thing, especially for curly hair, make-up, and even breathing. But a lack of humidity in your home can actually damage some features of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few products you may have around your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Furniture and Wood Floors

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

Books

Absolutely – books need moisture to keep the pages from turning dry and fragile. The lack of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the contrary, excessive moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold.

Electronics

Low humidity generates static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LED television, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are collecting portraits or stamps and pictures, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. The up and down levels of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up delicate and discolored and can even curl the corners on your pictures. 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 is important to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially destroying 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.

Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Midway Services today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis to make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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