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Why Your Furniture Hates the Cold Almost as Much as You Do

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Ever wake up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose? Even if your home is kept warm during the winter months, the dry air can negatively affect you - and your furniture is no different. Your tables and chairs may be made out of wood, which makes them prone to experiencing damage caused by improper humidity levels. Protect your favorite items from harm this winter by taking a few precautions and trying some quick remedies.

"A large portion of wood includes water."

A large portion of wood includes water. This makes it prone to swelling in overly humid conditions and compressing when the air is extremely dry. For these reasons, it's important to keep humidity levels at around 25 to 35 percent. This supplies the wood with just enough moisture to stay hydrated without altering its shape or longevity. One easy way to balance these levels is by running a humidifier, like the Holmes® Warm Mist Humidifier, in your home. It's best used in small rooms, so keep it in a bedroom or guest room to pump moisture into the air and help protect desks, bed frames and other wooden items.

Aside from proper moisture levels, you'll also want to consider the placement of your furniture. While it might make the most functional sense to place a table or nightstand in front of a window, it could be damaging to the wood over time. Try to keep your furniture far from windows, and don't place any wooden items in front of a radiator. The fluctuating temperatures could take a toll on the material's quality. For further precaution, shut blinds and curtains on days when the sun is shining directly onto your furniture. 


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