You wouldn't leave your beautiful wood furniture out in the rain. Or your new laptop out in a dust storm. While poor indoor air quality takes a more subtle approach, it can be equally damaging to your belongings.

The contaminants found in polluted indoor air are tiny—dust, dust mites, molds, mildew—but their impact can be huge. This, along with the negative effects of humidity, can cause indoor air quality problems.                             

These include: 

Too much humidity

  • Mold and mildew grows and infests furniture, drapes, carpet, wood, paper and more
  • Drawers stick or don't open
  • Wood furniture warps or rots

"Elevated relative humidity at a surface—70 percent or higher—can lead to problems with mold, corrosion, decay and other moisture related deterioration...An elevated relative humidity in carpet and within fabrics can lead to dust mite infestation and mildew." -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Too little humidity

  • Static shocks can destroy sensitive electronics
  • Artwork dries out
  • Joints in wood furniture become loose or failing
  • Pianos and other musical instruments fall out of tune

"Seasonal and even daily changes in humidity cause wood parts to swell and shrink, affecting tuning stability and touch. Extreme swings in humidity can eventually cause wood to crack and glue joints to fail...Maintaining the correct environment will preserve your piano investment for a lifetime of enjoyment." -Piano Technicians Guild


  • Computers and other temperature-sensitive electronics overheat
  • Camera lenses and TV screens get scratched
  • Internal components of CD and DVD players are destroyed
  • Performance of audio speakers and stereo components are impaired

Aprilaire Can Help You Protect Your Belongings

Aprilaire can provide your family with whole-home indoor air quality solutions that help you manage the effects of humidity and protect your belongings. Making your home healthier and more comfortable is our main priority.

Use our solution finder or locate a professional to find out which Aprilaire solutions are right for you and your home.