Is Humidity Bad for Your Electronics?

Electronics and humidity

Is Humidity Bad for Your Electronics?

We all know how important it is to keep our electronics away from water. But what about humidity?

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Most humans prefer indoor conditions to be between 30% and 50% humidity. This is also the ideal range for electronics.

In environments where the humidity is higher than 50%, electronics are susceptible to damage.

What happens to electronics if the humidity is too high?

If the humidity is too high in a room, it can cause damage to the internal components of the electronics. The biggest thing to look out for is condensation. Condensation forms when warm air comes in contact with a cool surface. When condensation forms within the electrical components, it can cause rust and corrosion to form, which can be damaging to electronics.

High heat and high humidity are two things that often go hand in hand. While most computers and other electronics have internal fans to help circulate air, they won’t work properly if the room temperature is too high. Keeping the air temperature down will not only help the fans to cool the electronics more efficiently, but it will also help keep humidity down as well.

How can you better control the humidity in your home or office?

One way to control humidity in your home or office is to keep the temperature at a constant, comfortable level. Condensation occurs when warm air comes in contact with a cool surface. Keeping the temperature set at a constant level removes the possibility of a drastic temperature change that could cause condensation to occur. One thing to keep in mind is that moisture can slowly build up over time inside electronic equipment, especially as it warms up. Dust your electronics weekly to remove buildup.

Another way to control humidity is by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, which helps provide your electronics with a safe environment. When picking out the dehumidifier for your space, make sure it doesn’t contain calcium chloride, which is a corrosive chemical. Instead, select one that is silica gel-based.

Professional Electronic Restoration Services

If your electronics do become damaged from exposure to water or humidity, Electronic Restoration Services (ERS) is here to help. Our highly trained service professionals offer a wide variety of residential electronics restoration services for clients across the country. Contact your local ERS now by calling 866-115-5377.

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