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Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

Excessive humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairdos, make-up, and even breathing. But too little humidity in your home can actually harm some details of your home’s interior. Learn about these few items you may have within your home that insufficient humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which might 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 turning dry and brittle. The lack of moisture can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the other hand, extreme moisture could result in the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and even mold.

Electronics

The absence of humidity generates static electricity which can wreak havoc on the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Increasing and decreasing of humidity may 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 portraits brittle or cause it to fracture.

Hobbies

Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity a major concern for you, too. To little humidity can cause the cork in a fine bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Low humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or result in cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a free in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t hurting your valuable home.

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