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 trying to breathe. But a deficiency of humidity in your home can actually harm some aspects of your home’s interior. Check out these few products you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

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

Books

Absolutely – books require 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 cause book pages to stick together permanently, discoloration, and potentially 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 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 could cause postage stamps to end up 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 wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.

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 correct 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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