Do you know that low humidity levels in the home not only affect your body (chapped lips, dry, itchy skin and eyes and scratchy throat), but also your home?
Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD., senior scientist with Environmental Health & Engineering and the University of Rhode Island, said that relative humidity levels can drop to as low as ten percent in the winter months, which is as dry as the Sahara Desert. If humidity levels are too low, household objects from wood furniture to artwork can be damaged over time as moisture is pulled from wood, paper and other porous materials. He further stated that the solution is to maintain relative humidity levels in the optimal range of 40 to 60 percent by running a humidifier in colder, drier winter months, to mitigate these effects. Wow, I had no idea!
So recently, the designers of Honeywell Humidifiers and Dr. Ted Myatt have released new research on how everyday household objects suffer under low humidity conditions and what steps homeowners can take to combat the effects of dry air.. Among the items on the list – wood furniture, artwork, and even wine!
The research conducted found that the following list of 10 household items are most impacted by low relative humidity:
- Wood Furniture: Has your favorite wooden bench seemed a little shakier? It could be because of low humidity. Wood absorbs and desorbs water as relative humidity rises and falls, which causes it to swell and shrink. This results in furniture joints becoming loose or even pulling apart.
- Musical Instruments: Not sounding quite right? Low humidity levels may be to blame for your instrument falling out of tune. Natural wood instruments such as guitars, violins and pianos can be damaged when the wood contracts resulting in failed glue joints or cracks.
- Books: Low humidity causes the pages of books to become more brittle and fragile, and the dimensions of the pages can even change as the paper absorbs and desorbs water. This leads to wrinkles in the paper, flaking ink, or warped covers on books.
- Woodwork and Wood Floors: If you’ve noticed a slight bend in your wood floors, or gaps between the planks, it could be because of low humidity. As the wood expands and contracts, mitered corners can separate and floors can “cup” so that the floor doesn’t remain flat.
- Wine: Does your uncorked bottle of wine not taste right? Wine corks can dry out, shrink and crack if exposed to low humidity overtime, allowing air to come into contact with the wine and potentially ruin the bottle.
- Artwork: Maintaining humidity levels is vital for protecting artwork around the home. Low moisture levels tend to make paint brittle and prone to cracking, which is especially detrimental to oil paintings on canvas.
- Stamp Collections: Much like books, repeated absorption and desorption of water can ruin stamps by making them brittle or discolored.
- Photograph Collections: Have you noticed your new photographs looking more like your parents’ photo albums? When photographs curl up at the ends, it’s likely due to low humidity levels. They can also result in the photo emulsion flaking off and damaging the photograph.
- Walls: Peeling wallpaper and separated drywall seams can be a sign of low humidity in the home. The porous materials may crack and separate when exposed to low levels.
- Electronic Equipment: Static electricity brought on by low humidity levels can damage internal components of computers, televisions and other electronics – a lot more damaging than dealing with static in your hair!
Humidifiers designed for large areas, like the new Honeywell Top Fill Console Humidifier, is one option for protecting items around the home as it releases soothing, invisible moisture into the room. It helps maintain relative indoor humidity levels in the optimal 40 to 60 percent range, and features two removable, top-fill and break-resistant water tanks. They can either be filled at the humidifier with a pitcher, or carried to the sink or tub to fill. This console humidifier is designed for use in multiple rooms and living spaces. Equipped with a refill light and “humidity reached” indicator, the new humidifier ensures easy operation and continuous comfort.
• Dual removable, top fill water tanks
• Refill light
• Humidity reached indicator
• Simple, intuitive controls
• Uses a wicking filter
• Runs up to 24 hours between fillings
• Two water tanks, 3 gallon total capacity
• SRP $99.99 with a 3-Year Limited Warranty, available in black and white. You can get it at Walmart, Meijer and Amazon
For more information on the Honeywell Humidity Monitor and all Honeywell Humidifiers, please visit www.HoneywellPluggedIn.com/humidifiers.
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