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Old 11-26-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
 
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I've been having a lot of issues as of late with static electricity, dry skin, sinus issues, etc etc. So out of curiosity I purchased a weather station that reads humidity and temperature. I was shocked when I powered it on and it said my humidity was 3%. Figuring this was a total mistake and it was broke I took the station back, getting a new one and it read 5%. So, I purchased a totally different model pool room humidity gauge and it pegged out at 10% humidity. (Lowest range it would go)

So, I purchased a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air of my apartment. (Aparently it is drier than the Sahara Desert) But, I'm wondering what is an acceptable humidity to have for Home Theater equipment. I know too high is bad for electronics and I'm thinking too low might be bad for wood of loudspeakers and cones. I've read a few sites for comfort they say 35%-40% Would this range also be acceptable for audio equipment? Moreover, what would be better than acceptable?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
 
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I think your humidity would have to get pretty high (90%+) for you to have a problem with your electronics. Really the main problem would be condensation and that should only occur if you were to move the equipment from a cold dry environment to a warm moist one. Low humidity, as you have, is going to be a larger problem due to the possible static electricity effects you already mentioned.

I have 2 humidity gauges...one in the bedroom and one (ironically) sitting atop my left channel speaker. Currently they are reading 59% and 56% respectively. This is higher than we normal keep the house, but it's essentially 100% humidity outside today.

I'd suggest that 40% would be a good target. This is right in the middle of the recommended range for proper human comfort.
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:35 PM   #3
 
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I"m aiming for that 40% mark...


I haven't been home in a couple of days so it will be interesting to see what it is tomorrow when I get home. I'm betting that the tank will be empty and the display will be min-ed out again.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:13 PM   #4
 
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I live in Fl where it's 90% humidity a few times per week and I've never had a problem. You should be fine.
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Old 01-23-2009, 10:44 AM   #5
 
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I'm not worried about high humidity.

Low humidity is what was worrying me. Excess static electricity, drying out of glues, rubbers, and woods used in speaker construction.
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