Humidity and Your Hard Wood Floors

In much of the United States, the summers are hot and moist and the winters are cold and dry. If this sounds like the climate you live in and you have hard wood floors in your home, you may have a problem. Excessive moisture and excessive dryness spell destruction for your hard wood floors, and if you invested all of that money in a floor, you are going to want to preserve it for as long as possible. That means getting a humidifier for the winter and finding a way to dehumidify the home in the summer months.

Dehumidification of the Home

  High summer humidity can get in between the grooves in your wood floors and wreak havoc! Vinyl wood floors are especially vulnerable to moisture. Fiberboard is not very moisture resistant and will easily warp over the years if the humidity in the home cannot be controlled. Dehumidification can be attained in one of two ways. If you operate a central air conditioning unit in the home, this will effectively remove excess moisture if used consistently. If you don’t have one of these systems, consider installing a dehumidifier and a whole house ventilation fan. The ventilation fan will keep good circulation in the home and the dehumidifier will help you compensate for those days when the humidity level is out of control!


Humidification of the Home

Now that the summer humidity is under control, it is time to solve the problems caused by winter. That means that you have to address the drying affects of using a heating system in the home. Excessive dryness will make your wood floors brittle and crack prone. You need to create a good balance between too much and too little moisture in the home. This can be achieved during the winter through the installation of a humidification system. If you have a central air furnace, installing a whole house system is simply and it is the preferred method of humidification as well. Keep the humidity between 30-60%. Find the setting that is most comfortable for you and your family and you will be able to protect your comfort and your wood floors all winter long!


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