Low Humidity Could be Ruining These Areas of Your Home Published on August 17, 2016 Extreme humidity can be a negative thing, especially for hairstyles, make-up, and even inhaling. But too little humidity in your home can actually damage some details of your home’s interior. Check out these few items you may have in your home that insufficient humidity can ruin over time. Wood Floors and Wood Furniture When humidity levels go up and down it causes wood to expand and shrink, which could cause cracks and fragility in wood furniture. The swelling and shrinking also contributes to warping or openings in wood flooring. Books Absolutely – books need moisture to keep the pages from ending up dry and fragile. The lack of moisture can also make the ink flake and the cover warp. On the contrary, extreme moisture could end up with the book pages sticking together permanently, discoloration, and possibly mold. Electronics The absence of humidity creates static electricity which can cause problems with the internal components of electronic equipment, such as your LCD TV, laptop, or even your beloved PlayStation. Collections Whether you are a collector of paintings or stamps and photos, make sure your home has well-balanced humidity all year long. The up and down levels of humidity can cause postage stamps to become brittle and discolored and can even curl the corners on your photographs. Dry air can also make the paint used to produce portraits brittle or cause it to fracture. Hobbies Are you a wine collector? Or a piano player? Humidity is important to you, too. Insufficient humidity can cause the cork in a good bottle of wine to crack or shrink, potentially destroying your vino. Insufficient humidity may also cause pianos, guitars, and other fine instruments to be out-of-tune or cause cracks in the wood. Curious if your home has the right balance of humidity? Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating today for a free in-home comfort analysis to be sure your air isn’t harming your valuable home.