How Humidity Affects Hardwood Flooring

Living in Florida, you’re no stranger to humidity. But beyond the discomfort and frizzy hair humidity can inflict upon you, excess moisture in the air can have negative effects on your belongings, too.

Take hardwood flooring for example. As you know, wood and water aren’t exactly the best of friends, so if you have hardwood flooring in your home, it’s important to know how to protect it against high levels of humidity. Learn more about how humidity affects hardwood flooring and what you can do to control excess moisture below.

High Humidity Levels

The recommended humidity level for homes is between 35 and 55 percent, but Florida homes can have humidity levels much higher. If the humidity level in your home is above 55 percent, moisture can start to damage your belongings. If you have hardwood floors in your home, water in the air can seep into the hardwood flooring, causing it to swell. If too much moisture seeps into the wood, then the floorboards can warp and need to be replaced.

Low Humidity Levels

Humidity levels are considered low if they are below 35 percent. Although we don’t typically have to worry about low humidity in Florida, low humidity levels in your home can be just as damaging to your hardwood floors as high humidity. Too little moisture in the air can cause the wood to dry out. Additionally, it can weaken the wood and damage the finish of the hardwood floor.

How to Maintain Optimal Humidity Levels in Your Home

Fortunately, there are numerous products and services that can help create the ideal environment in your home. If the humidity levels in your home are too high, investing in a dehumidifier is a great way to remove excess moisture from the air. The Performance® Whole-Home Dehumidifier, for example, manages indoor humidity by creating a comfortable, healthy indoor environment. Even better, the Carrier® Performance series dehumidifier is available in two sizes, so there’s a size to fit the needs of your unique home.

Learn More Dehumidifying Solutions at Weather Engineers  

When it comes to maintaining an ideal environment in your home and protecting your belongings, the HVAC professionals at Weather Engineers are here to help. We offer an extensive list of products and services designed to control the amount of moisture in the air. Contact us to find out how we can help you, or get a free estimate online.

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