House humidity and parquet: a combination that causes concern, especially in the winter months. In fact, condensation represents an element that, over time, could damage wooden surfaces.

However, managing this relationship is not as complicated as it might seem, indeed. The decision to opt for parquet, a dynamic material that “breathes” with us, should simply encourage greater attention towards its condition and our general well-being.

Parquet and humidity balance

The presence of humidity at home is influenced by a series of variables. The season plays a significant role, as do the weather conditions. Furthermore, there are factors directly linked to the context in which we find ourselves, such as the heating and cooling system or the degree of ventilation of the rooms.

Within the microclimate created by the combination of these factors, wood plays an active role. This is because, by its nature, it can absorb humidity in certain circumstances and release it when these conditions are reversed. This phenomenon is known as hygroscopic balance.

Therefore, it is correct to say that parquet can contribute to improving air quality, intervening in at least partial stabilization of the balance between the different environmental parameters involved.

 

Parquet and optimal humidity conditions

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The potential problem arises in “extreme” situations, i.e. when the humidity level exceeds or falls below certain limits.

Wood can change its appearance due to temperature and humidity levels in the air. In an environment that is too dry, microcracks or shrinkage can be generated, while a too humid one may cause swelling.

It is essential to note that parquet, especially if it is of high quality and of the latest generation, is subjected to specific finishes and treatments which naturally mitigate these effects, unlike other furnishing elements such as fixtures, doors or furniture in general, which are more susceptible to the corrosive action of condensation. The installation method is designed to allow the material to expand or contract imperceptibly, avoiding damage.

The optimal humidity for parquet in the home coincides with that which is beneficial for a person. In both summer and winter, it should remain between 45% and 60%, with a temperature between 15 and 25 degrees.

 

Improvement of indoor comfort

Ensuring an adequate level of humidity in the home not only promotes the health of our wooden floor, but also contributes to our well-being, improving the quality of the air we breathe. An optimal environment is beneficial for our body and also serves to counteract the formation of mould, which is harmful not only to walls but also one of the main causes of indoor pollution, responsible for allergies and chronic pathologies.

But how can we check if the air we breathe is healthy? And what interventions are necessary to guarantee ideal conditions?

The most effective strategy to optimize humidity and, consequently, improve the quality of internal environments is to ensure constant air exchange. Just open the windows for 5-10 minutes every day, even better if twice a day and during central hours, to keep the hygrometer – the instrument that measures relative humidity – at the levels indicated by us. In essence, it is clear that a wooden floor, even in a humid environment, demonstrates a high ability to adapt.

Contact us to find out more: the advice of our Gazzotti professionals will help you free yourself from humidity and choose the product with the right characteristics to really feel like home.