Hardwood flooring is highly susceptible to changes in indoor humidity. The first two years are especially critical for wood flooring, while the wood normalizes to climate conditions. Hardwood floor manufacturers suggest relative humidity settings of 40-50 percent year-round to minimize cupping and crowning; however, this is unrealistic in colder winter climates without experiencing condensation on exterior components of the home (i.e., windows). The amount of humidity maintained in your home must be balanced to provide your family with comfort, minimize condensation as well as maintain your hardwood floor. Excess humidity must be controlled through reduction and ventilation.