If you’ve invested in hardwood floors for your home, remember to keep them healthy during the coldest months of the year. Floors exposed to dry interior environments for an extended amount of time are at risk of gapping or splitting. Following are some tips to keep your floors in good shape this winter.

Prevent cold air from entering your home. Keep an eye out for excessive cold entering through windows, doors, and recessed lighting.

Monitor your home’s humidity to know when to add moisture to the air. A hydrometer can be purchased for around $10 at your local hardware store. Most hardwood manufacturers recommend a relative humidity of 30-55%.

Adjust your home’s relative humidity range if needed by adding moisture with a humidifier. Single room units or whole house systems will keep your family and your floors comfortable during the long winter months.