In this difficult housing market, you need every leg up that you can muster. You have repairs performed and maybe make a few upgrades, and now you have to maintain the results. Hard wood floors are a popular upgrade, but they often cause problems down the line that can affect the sale of the home. Squeaks or creaks in your hard wood floors could be a deal breaker for a potential buyer, but you can take certain steps now to eliminate problems with your hard wood floors. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning has seen first hand the damage that humidity problems can do to floors that were once beautiful, and we have a solution.
Gaining Control of the Humidity in Your Home
The dry winter months and hot circulating air within the home will dry up all of the moisture within the wood. The summer months and high humidity will cause the wood to swell. The result will be squeaks that are far more audible during the winter months, and silenced during the summer. Over time this will cause warping of the wood and no matter what you do, there will be noisy creaks all year round. The optimum temperature and humidity ranges for the home are from 60 to 80 degrees and from 35 to 55 % humidity. These temperatures will help prevent these problems in your hard wood floors, but the Chicago area weather will not allow this without some help.
Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers
A humidifier from Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning will add just the right amount of moisture to the air in the home to maintain these levels consistently. They can be installed in an afternoon and require very little maintenance to keep them going for years. During the summer months, the humidity is often well over 100% outside. Using the air conditioner will help reduce the humidity levels in the home during these months, and if you don’t use the air conditioner all summer, you may want to consider a dehumidifier. These systems remove excess moisture in order to keep the percentage humidity between 35 and 50%. Four Seasons can make this possible, and protect your floors from expensive damage.
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