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    Anyone use a hygrometer in their home? If so, which one do you have/ like?

    The reason I ask is, I'm gonna buy and install a whole house humidifier, and I want to monitor the humidity levels before and while I have a humidifier.

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    Re: House hygrometer

    i had one. it never worked.

    best way is to monitor the windows. wet near corners = too much humidity. never go above 45% on your control. above 50% allows easy mildew and mold growth.
    ~~

    ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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    • #3
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      I was always told that adding plants inside your home was a great way to get the humidity up in your home. Any truth to that claim.....within reason?
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      • #4
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        I didn't know what a Hygrometer was. When I looked it up, I have seen those everywhere. I always called it a humidity meter. Thanks for the Education, I feel smarter now.
        "don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where it's been"

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        • #5
          Re: House hygrometer

          Originally posted by Plumbingbyjay View Post
          I didn't know what a Hygrometer was. When I looked it up, I have seen those everywhere. I always called it a humidity meter. Thanks for the Education, I feel smarter now.
          To be honest with you, I didn't know what a hygrometer was either until I started smoking cigars 5 years ago. With cigars, you constantly have to watch your humidity levels in a humidor.

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          • #6
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            You really do not need a scientific mechanical hygrometer!

            Go to E-bay, amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Radio shack, etc.
            They all have temperature/humidity gauges. Some analog some digital.

            I have a Davis Vantage Vue wireless weather station here..but I monitor the dew point here

            Us humans typically prefer humidity around 30-40% Right now here in Arizona in my home it's 25%
            ad comfortable but a bit dry.
            Actually in the summer we can experience a humidity at 8%

            Cactus Man

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            • #7
              Re: House hygrometer

              Originally posted by cactusman View Post
              You really do not need a scientific mechanical hygrometer!

              Go to E-bay, amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Radio shack, etc.
              They all have temperature/humidity gauges. Some analog some digital.

              I have a Davis Vantage Vue wireless weather station here..but I monitor the dew point here

              Us humans typically prefer humidity around 30-40% Right now here in Arizona in my home it's 25%
              ad comfortable but a bit dry.
              Actually in the summer we can experience a humidity at 8%

              Cactus Man
              I thought about getting a weather station, but lot's of reviews say they are unreliable when it comes to humidity.

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              • #8
                Re: House hygrometer

                Why don't you just buy a controller that integrates humidity levels with the system. I bought and installed a while house humidifier about 10 years ago and it is all controlled by a Honeywell controller. You simply set the desired humidity level on the controller and the system will run until the desired humidity is reached. That controller also allow you to install a outside temp sensor from which it can compute the dewpoint and adjust the humidity and prevent condensation on the windows.

                To be honest I have not used the system in years - changing the filter like object and routine cleaning on the pipes in and out was more hassle than I could be bothered with.

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                • #9
                  Re: House hygrometer

                  Originally posted by blue_can View Post
                  Why don't you just buy a controller that integrates humidity levels with the system. I bought and installed a while house humidifier about 10 years ago and it is all controlled by a Honeywell controller. You simply set the desired humidity level on the controller and the system will run until the desired humidity is reached. That controller also allow you to install a outside temp sensor from which it can compute the dewpoint and adjust the humidity and prevent condensation on the windows.

                  To be honest I have not used the system in years - changing the filter like object and routine cleaning on the pipes in and out was more hassle than I could be bothered with.
                  I might go with the nest, as I "think" it monitors humidity, but its very vague.

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                  • #10
                    Re: House hygrometer

                    Originally posted by Flux View Post
                    I might go with the nest, as I "think" it monitors humidity, but its very vague.
                    I'm not familiar with the nest - I don't think it was available when I installed my system. When I was looking for a system the two types I saw were a stand alone controller (which looked like an analog controller with a dial type setting) on which you set the humidity. The other type (which is what I ended up installing) was an integrated climate control system which in addition to running the humidifier also ran the furnace and a/c - there is also a circulation option which can either cycle or continuously run the fan only etc.

                    It's nice to have it all integrated but I recall having to do a fair bit of rewiring of the control system. Of course not to forget the plumbing for the water supply and drain.
                    Last edited by blue_can; 12-09-2012, 11:21 PM.

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