A lot of humidity can be a bad thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even breathing. But not enough humidity in your home might actually be harmful to some aspects of your home’s interior. Take a look at a few items you may have in your home that low humidity can damage over time.
Wooden Floors and Furniture
When humidity levels rise and fall it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which could cause cracks and weakness in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also adds to warping or splits in wood flooring.
That’s right – books need moisture to prevent the pages from ending up dry and fragile. The dryness 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 possibly mold.
Too little humidity generates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your plasma television, desktop computer, or even your beloved Nintendo.
Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home has a good balance of humidity all year. Rising and falling of humidity could cause postage stamps to end up fragile and discolored and can even spiral the corners on your pictures. Dry air can also make the paint used to produce wall art brittle or cause it to fracture.
Are you a collector of wine? Or a player of the piano? Humidity matters to you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to split or shrink, potentially ruining your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, cellos, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or end up with cracks in the wood.
Not sure if your home has the right amount of humidity? Call Bob Brown Service Experts today for a no-charge in-home comfort analysis and be sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.