Advantages Accurate, discreet, easy to use
We bought our house 5 years ago and it needed completely gutting from top to bottom. So we redid everything, including replacing all windows, fitting a new bathroom and kitchen, and re-plastering all the walls; but there was one thing we overlooked. We didn’t realise that the wall underneath the bay window in our bedroom was only a single brick wall (not double as in most houses). This came to our attention when we experienced our first winter in the house, it was very cold around the bay, and black mould grew very rapidly all over this particular wall; the condensation was awful – pools of water gathered on the windowsill, which if left unchecked also turned to slimy mould.So each subsequent winter was spent with me bleaching the mould off the wall every few weeks, mopping up condensation, and moaning to my husband that I wanted something doing about the wall – with no result! It was getting to the point where all of the upstairs windows, not just our bedroom window, were constantly drenched in condensation, and my sanity was slowly disappearing, and frustration growing.
So I decided to do some research about condensation, damp rooms, safe levels of moisture in the air, dehumidifiers, and hygrometers. Seeing as though we have two young children I thought it was best that I figured out if our house was in fact a healthy environment, I needed to find out if there were any measures I could take to reduce the seemingly high levels of damp upstairs. My first step was to buy a hygrometer.I actually bought two, one for upstairs and one for downstairs to compare the levels. I bought two different types so I could compare their readings, and also check if they were giving me accurate data.
This particular hygrometer (the NScessity Digital Thermometer & Hygrometer) also reads the temperature of the room, as well as the relative humidity (percentage of moisture in the air). It’s a very small unit, about the size of a matchbox, with two numbers on the display – the RH and temperature. And that is all I need it to do, so it is perfectly adequate for my needs. It also has a blue back light, which is activated when you touch a metal sensor on the side; this is so you can read the display in the dark. One other feature is the memory function. This records the maximum and minimum levels recorded every 24 hours. So this is interesting to see how high and low the levels can get in one 24 hour period – I have found the levels tend to increase over night, and decrease during the day.I initially thought the unit seemed a bit cheap and plasticky, but it serves its purpose very well and I cannot complain about its function, and the fact that it is small means it is very discreet.
This hygrometer is actually marketed at the parents of newborns as a child safety item, to give them peace of mind that their baby’s room is at a safe temperature and relative humidity. It actually says that it could save your child the misery of a cold or even something more severe!
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