Summer in Maryland often means two things for your flooring—heat and humidity.
If you have hardwood flooring, high humidity can be a particularly big concern.
Since wood can absorb moisture from the air to maintain equilibrium with the air of
the room, hardwood flooring can swell a great deal in a humid home. Hardwood
flooring that swells can form too much pressure between boards and cause
permanent, irreversible warping, How can you protect your hardwood floor from
Check Your Home’s Humidity Levels
Before you can address issues with your hardwood flooring, you need to ensure that
your home has an appropriate level of humidity. Throughout the year, basements,
bathrooms, and any room of the home with a fish tank will be at a slightly higher
level of humidity. Always keep a humidstat or hydrometer in your home to see what
the humidity level is. The humidity level in your home should always stay between
30-40% throughout the year.
Dehumidifiers are one of the most effective ways to quickly cut the humidity in a
room. Good quality humidifiers will also detect the level in the room and shut off as
needed so that you can maintain your optimal 30-40% humidity. The right
dehumidifier for your home should be appropriate for the amount of space in your
home. As a rule of thumb, when searching for the right dehumidifier remember that:
- 400 square feet and under homes need a 25 or 30 pint dehumidifier
- 800 square feet and under homes need a 40 pint dehumidifier
- 1,000 square feet and under homes need a 50 pint dehumidifier
- 1,300 square feet and under homes need a 65 pint dehumidifier
Whatever Type of Flooring You Choose, Jim Boyd’s Flooring America is Ready to
Engineered wood or solid hardwood? Whatever choice you make, we have the
materials and know-how to help you get your dream floor! Jim Boyd’s Flooring
America is happy to provide our customers with top-notch service to meet any and
all of their flooring needs. We have the knowledge and experience to assess your
needs and help you choose the right floors for your family’s home. Make an
appointment today or give us a call at 410-667- 0620 so we can keep your carpet
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