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To humidify or not to humidify

Ellis Cohen — Jan 29, 2015 01:33PM HST

I live in central Florida and most of the year there is enough humidity. In the winter months at night the temperatures can get into the 35-45 degree range and the heat kicks in. I have a solid mahogany uke and was wondering if I should use my Oasis humidifier during these "colder" times?


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Alex Reid - Feb 05, 2015 08:54AM HST Best Answer

What kind of heating system do you have? Some heat is definitely more drying than others - forced hot air, for instance, definitely can dry out the air.

Wood is more resilient to temperature changes than humidity changes; it's more important that you know what the humidity is like in the winter months than the temperature. I'm in Portland, and our winters are pretty humid unless we get a high pressure system and especially low temperatures; that's the time I keep the humidifier full.

You can also see how quickly your Oasis empties out - it won't hurt to keep your humidifier filled if there is sufficient humidified, and it will stay wet longer.

Tl;dr - better safe (and humidified) than cracking your solid wood uke.


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Dan - Feb 05, 2015 at 08:54AM HST

Yes. The furnace will pull the moisture out of the air. Even though you live in a humid climate, your instrument will suffer from lack of moisture whenever you run the furnace. I would use your Oasis just to keep on the safe side during the colder months.


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Alex Reid - Feb 05, 2015 at 08:54AM HST

What kind of heating system do you have? Some heat is definitely more drying than others - forced hot air, for instance, definitely can dry out the air.

Wood is more resilient to temperature changes than humidity changes; it's more important that you know what the humidity is like in the winter months than the temperature. I'm in Portland, and our winters are pretty humid unless we get a high pressure system and especially low temperatures; that's the time I keep the humidifier full.

You can also see how quickly your Oasis empties out - it won't hurt to keep your humidifier filled if there is sufficient humidified, and it will stay wet longer.

Tl;dr - better safe (and humidified) than cracking your solid wood uke.


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