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Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home

August 17, 2016

A lot of humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, 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 things you may have within your home that low humidity can wreck over time.

Wood Floors and Wood Furniture

When humidity increases and decreases it causes wood to bloat and shrink, which may cause cracks and instability in wood furniture. The expanding and shrinking also contributes to warping or openings in wood flooring.

Books

Yes – books need moisture to keep the pages from becoming dry and brittle. The dryness can also result in the ink flaking and the covers warping. On the other hand, extreme moisture could cause book pages to stick 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 plasma television, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation.

Collections

Whether you are keeping a collection of wall art or stamps and photos, make sure your home’s humidity is well-balanced year-round. Rising and falling of humidity could 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. A lack of humidity can cause the cork in a nice bottle of wine to fracture or shrink, potentially damaging your vino. Too little humidity may also cause pianos, violins, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood.

Curious if your home has the correct balance of humidity? Call Abbey Air Service Experts today for a complimentary in-home comfort analysis and make sure your air isn’t damaging your valuable home.

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