Wood floors drying out the air?

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Q: Our landlord just installed new oak floors in several rooms. They are beautiful. But ever since their installation, we have VERY dry air in the house and cannot get past the choking feeling in the air, despite running a humidifier as much as possible. How long will this last (it’s awful during this flu season)? Any recommendations to help the floor to “settle in”?

A: The floors have absolutely nothing to do with causing dry air in your house. I will say that very dry air can cause excessive shrinking in the boards, especially so if the cause is seasonal and you have hot water radiators. Adding humidity is a good idea.

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