The dog days of summer are filled with heat and humidity like no other. While you might notice the humidity affecting your comfort levels, have you paid attention to how it’s affecting your home? Having too high of a humidity level in your home spells bad news for your hardwood flooring.
What Humidity Does to Flooring
When humidity levels rise above 50 percent for far too long, moisture will begin to build up on top of and underneath the flooring. This moisture can lead to warping, cupping, and mold growth. As these effects worsen over time, sanding and refinishing won’t be an option. Unfortunately, replacement of your flooring will be necessary.
Controlling Your Home’s Humidity
Even though the humidity outside might feel like someone is smothering you with a wet blanket, that doesn’t mean it should exist inside of your home. To prevent the inside of your home from reaching high levels of humidity, make sure your cooling system is properly working and is at a respectable temperature (78 degrees and lower). Filtered, cool air can help lower humidity levels, as can a dehumidifier if the moisture levels are too much to handle.
Feng Shui the Furniture
Not only will humidity affect your flooring, but so will the sun’s heat and harmful rays. Intense sunlight can lead to discolored flooring, making it look older than it really is. So when you get your humidity problems under control, it’s important to also control the amount of sunlight entering the rooms. Avoid discoloration of your floors by constantly moving around furniture and area rugs, or invest in a new set of curtains or blinds.
Living in a home with high humidity not only feels terrible, but it can also cause irreversible damage to your flooring. To prevent your flooring from becoming ruined, make sure your cooling system is serviced and properly working. To learn more about HVAC service and repair, contact Airtech of Stamford at (203) 323-3959.