Winter and Your Cigar Humidor
Having trouble keeping up the humidity level in your humidor? Cigars should be stored at room temperature (about 70F degrees) with a humidity level of 65 to 72 percent.
Sometimes, it is difficult to maintain a constant level of humidity inside your humidor, especially when seasons change. The humidity level inside your house, as well as other conditions, will affect the performance and operation of your humidor’s humidification system.
Factors Affecting Humidity Levels In a Cigar Humidor
The use of heaters, and open doors or windows can drastically change the level of humidity inside a house in a short period of time. This year has been frigid to say the least, -20’s for many weeks, opening the door to go inside your home sucks out humidity before you close your door, making it harder to maintain the optimal level of humidity inside your home and your humidor. In addition, other factors such as air circulation and exposure to direct sunlight can also lower humidity levels. Try not to place your humidor near vents, fans, or windows. In the winter, the sun is lower in the sky than in summer, and can actually shine further into your house than in the summer (when the sun is overhead). A humidor that I had placed on a coffee table during the summer, had to be moved in the winter because the sun began to shine right on it. .
Best way to maintain your humidity levels inside your humidor during the winter months is to use, http://cigarstar.ca/store/cigar-accessories/tropical-humidity-propylene-glycol-humidor-solution/
it offers the perfect humidification solution for your humidor. This solution consists of 50% propylene glycol and 50% distilled water and should be applied to sponge-based humidifiers along with crystal humidifiers as well.
Propylene glycol is a colourless and harmless liquid which has two favourable qualities for your humidor:
•It prevents the formation of mold and bacteria
•It is self adjusting to a humidity level of 70%.
This solution actively prevents the formation of mold and bacteria, absorbs humidity at humidity levels over 70% and emits humidity at humidity levels below 70%. This way, the humidifier is self-adjusting and will automatically stabilize the humidity level of your humidor at an optimum level of approximately 70%.
To add humidity to your cigar humidor in the winter months you can also pick up this small cigar size crystal humidifier comes with balls of crystals that will retain 200 times there weight in water. This humidifier is perfect for getting your cigar humidors humidity up in the winter months with out using a great deal of space.
Fill humidifier with distilled water let stand for 20 minutes or until the crystal balls have filled the humidifier, add a few drops of Tropical humidity to fight mold. place inside your cigar humidor.
Being a transparent humidifier, when the balls get smaller you know its time to add to your humidifier.
Simple, reliable, smart, compact.