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Jul 02 2015

Why Are My Wood Floors Warping?

Here’s how controlling your humidity and improving indoor air quality can help

Residential HVAC System

When you think about your home’s indoor air quality, lots of things probably come to mind. Cooking fumes, vapors from new paint and carpet, dust, dander, and improper ventilation all contribute to the quality of the air in your home. But one often overlooked aspect of indoor air quality is humidity control. Excess humidity can promote mold growth, and it makes warm air feel even warmer. Humidity not only affects the quality of the air your family is breathing, but it can have a drastic effect on your wood floors.

Cupping Affecting Your Floors?

During our humid summers, wood floors absorb humidity from the home’s air supply. This causes the planks to swell up, and the edges of the wood can even bow up away from the floor. This phenomenon is called “cupping.” When the humidity drops during the winter months, wood planks contract back down. If it gets really dry, the planks can shrink so much that it creates gaps between planks. This can make it extremely difficult to keep the floors clean. So what can you do to get your wood floors under control?

Stable Humidity Means Flat Floors

Stabilizing the humidity level in your home is important for keeping your wood floors looking flat and healthy. A good humidity system is capable of removing humidity in the summer and adding some in the winter. It’s true that running your air conditioner will wipe out some of your home’s humidity, but here in the south, an air conditioner isn’t enough to control the summertime humidity. Click here to learn about the best dehumidifiers to improve indoor air quality and keep your wood floors in great condition.

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