Houseplants forum: A gauge I recommend for all house plant people

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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 9, 2018 1:30 PM CST
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013BKDO8/

I have 4 of them so I can monitor different rooms. Have been using them for many years.
Will tell you the current temperature and humidity. Plus what it was in the last 24 hr.
I believe it is fairly accurate. Watching the humidity indoors in the winter is very important to me.
Runs on one AA battery - I use rechargeable, of course. C/F switch on backside. Gene
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
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Feb 9, 2018 3:07 PM CST
gasrocks said:https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-Humidity-Thermometer-Hygrometer-Indicator/dp/B0013BKDO8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1518204485&sr=8-4&keywords=humidity+gauge

I have 4 of them so I can monitor different rooms. Have been using them for many years.
Will tell you the current temperature and humidity. Plus what it was in the last 24 hr.
I believe it is fairly accurate. Watching the humidity indoors in the winter is very important to me.
Runs on one AA battery - I use rechargeable, of course. C/F switch on backside. Gene


Thanks for the recommendation, Gene. Currently on sale for $8.99 so I ordered one.
Carol H. Sandt

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Feb 10, 2018 7:15 AM CST
Thank you for sharing this Gene! It will certainly be useful to me! Thank You!
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crawgarden
Feb 10, 2018 2:58 PM CST
Just curious, wouldn't the humidity in the house be fairly constant except in bathroom and rooms with aquariums?
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 10, 2018 4:05 PM CST
Nope. Depends on how well insulated your house is, drafts, the weather outside. who is taking shower, etc. I monitor 4 rooms All have different humidity's at different times. Gene
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Hamwild
Feb 10, 2018 4:45 PM CST
I've read with an oversized AC unit, it cools so fast, it turns off before having enough time to suck out the excess humidity in a house. So, that is also a factor in indoor humidity. And the humidity is generally higher inside in the warmer months than it is in the winter. Green Grin!
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sallyg
Feb 12, 2018 8:29 AM CST
Interesting, Gene.
My workplace has one of these monitors. (public building) I'll have to look at it. I can say, I just could NOT keep the peace lily watered enough there, but back at home it is much happier. Pothos, dracaena, Aglaonema all seem tolerant of that place.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Feb 12, 2018 9:01 AM CST
I have heard stories of how low the humidity can get in the wintertime inside of public buildings and houses. I have seen 5%. Just for a reference point - a new, crisp saltine cracker is about 8% I believe. Gene
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 12, 2018 9:26 AM CST
Yeow! I'll try to report back what I find today. Unfortunately, we've had rain for three days, it won't be a good indicator of typical.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Feb 12, 2018 9:47 AM CST
3F this AM, wish I could say we had rain. Gene
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 12, 2018 2:55 PM CST
We woke to very wet looking after two days of rain, but the sun came out around noon. I got to work and found they had the doors open because the building was up around 80 degrees this morning (happens when it's unusually mild in winter, yesterday hit 60+ F). End result- at 2 pm humidity on the meter was 25% and 77 degrees F.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Feb 12, 2018 3:08 PM CST
25%, is too dry, IMO. I keep my house higher in the winter not just for my plants but for my own health. Less nosebleeds for one thing. Even your wood furniture appreciates it. Gene
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Hamwild
Feb 12, 2018 4:14 PM CST
You can tell our crown molding that again! Sighing!
Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 12, 2018 6:52 PM CST
At home, we've been running one or two humidifiers almost all day, all winter. At work, we're lucky if we have something approximating the right heat and cool.... forget humidifiers or dehumidifiers.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Feb 12, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Yes, indeed. At work, in retail stores, et. they do not care or want to spend the money to increase the low humidity. I am so used to my house with a good level, I am often very uncomfortable when visiting friends houses. OOPs.... here I go again, slightly off track.
After spending a year in Viet Nam - talk about humidity! - we got on an air conditioned plane for the trip home. Pure torture to my nose. Gene

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