Baby It's cold outside!...
...and you're not the only one feeling the effects.
Did you know that temperature fluctuations in our homes can cause damage to your interiors?
Many things in our homes are made of wood: furniture, cabinetry, flooring. And many other materials can be sensitive to changes in the humidity levels in our homes.
Lack of humidity in the air can cause wood to shrink, separate, or warp; drawers to loosen; gaps to appear; finishes to become brittle; and pianos to go out of tune, you can see gaps in your moldings and spaces in your hardwood floors.
In extreme cold conditions, your home humidity level can drop to as low as 10%. For comparison, the Sahara Desert has an average relative humidity of 25%. Ideally, the relative humidity level in your home should be between 35-40%.
Conversely, humidity levels over 70% can breed mold and mildew, which will cause stains to appear in wood furniture and cause carpets and upholstery to maintain more moisture and stain more easily.
Here are some ways to maintain optimal humidity in your home:
1. Use a humidifier in the winter and an air conditioner in the summer. You can also boil water on the stove to put water back into the air.
2. Use a hygrometer (which measure relative humidity)
3. Keep your home at a steady temperature.
4. Keep wood away from direct heat such as fireplaces and radiators and direct sunlight.
5. Store table leaves near the table so they experience the same humidity levels.
6. Use a non-silicone polish or wood oil regularly to keep the wood moist. Always polish with the grain of the wood.