The ideal humidity in house Unfortunately, humidity in the house is often forgotten or not checked. It is extremely important for the wooden furniture, floor, window frames and, of course, your own health. A pleasant indoor climate is largely determined by the humidity in the house. When it is too high or too low, you can suffer from health problems or damage to the house. What is humidity? Humidity is calculated on the basis of the amount of water vapour in relation to the air. Temperature and air pressure also play an important factor here. Warm air, for example, can absorb more water vapour than cold air. The air humidity is expressed as a percentage (%). The higher the percentage, the more water vapour is present in the air. The ideal humidity in the house is on average between 45 and 65%. The ideal humidity For teak furniture as well as other wooden furniture, in addition to health, it is extremely important to strive for the ideal air humidity. TEAK2 therefore always recommends installing a hygrometer in the home so that the air quality can always be checked. Based on this measurement, it can then be used to achieve the ideal air quality. Air humidity too low Too low humidity level is most common nowadays in most (new) houses. Each house is insulated as well as possible, the laundry is no longer dried inside, dishwashers are used and many other small things. Too low humidity usually occurs in winter, the cold outside air and wind provide a small amount of moisture. Switching on the heater or heater enhances this effect. Dry air can also occur in summer, for example through a conservatory or large windows where the warm sun shines on. Some symptoms of too dry air are: Cracks in woodwork (furniture, frames, floor,...) Dry eyes Cracks in the lips Irritation of airways or mucous membranes (tickling cough) Fatigue, headaches and concentration problems Air humidity too high Too much humidity in the house can cause mold. Wooden furniture, window frames and floors expand because they absorb moisture. If the humidity in the air is too high for a long period of time, there is a risk of mould forming and a musty smell can develop. Mould causes health problems for residents, such as respiratory complaints and allergies. Impact of humidity on (wooden) furniture Too low humidity is the biggest problem for wooden furniture. The wood begins to shrink due to dehydration, which can cause cracks and tears. Despite the fact that TEAK2 uses the highest quality teak, this remains a typical property of wood. The production process always looks to limit this. The teak tables can shrink and expand using a metal strip on the underside, a unique bonding process and other small methods. With the cabinets this is the same case, each panel can expand or shrink because it is not fixed to the frame. Moreover, in Indonesia the teak is always put in drying chambers first so that it has the ideal humidity level to be shipped. TEAK2 mainly uses old teak or recycled teak, this high quality teak is less prone to cracking than plantation teak or new wood. Recycled teak or old teak has a much firmer structure, it is old and has experienced different living conditions making it a lot stronger. In teak there can be big differences in quality. That is why it is so important to compare honestly between different furniture stores and their teak furniture. Wood is very strong, if it expands or shrinks too hard or too abruptly, cracks may appear. This has no adverse consequences and can always be repaired by re-gluing or using liquid wood. Like any other furniture store, TEAK2 is not liable for this. We cannot be held liable for products that have suffered damage as a result of temperature fluctuations or the wrong humidity in the house. Wood is a natural product and will expand or shrink under the wrong conditions depending on humidity. We therefore always recommend that you install a hygrometer in your home. This applies not only to all wooden products such as furniture, window frames or floors, but is also highly recommended for your health. For a few euros you already have a hygrometer in your home and you can monitor the humidity. Solutions to achieve good air humidity By using a hygrometer the humidity can be easily monitored. If the humidity level is too low, it is advisable to buy a humidifier. These humidifiers are available from any electronics store and there is one for every budget. There are also special humidifiers that measure the humidity and automatically jump in to maintain the humidity level. A cheaper, but frequently used way is to hang open trays with water from the heater. The heat causes the water to evaporate and the air to humidify itself. In practice this is certainly not the ideal solution as very little water evaporates in this way. Is the air in the house to humid? This can easily be solved by opening the windows every day, using an extractor hood while cooking and so on. Good ventilation is essential here. An air conditioner also takes care of de-aerating, the moisture is taken out of the air to cool it.