What is a Hygrometer? and Why are they important?
Most people don’t know this but you need to store your cigars at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity reading of between 68 to 72 percent. This can be hard to maintain in a normal environment. That said, you will need a humidor with a hygrometer to maintain the optimum temperature and humidity.
So, what is a hygrometer?
In simple terms, a hygrometer is a device that can measure the humidity of the environment. Whether analogue or digital, these hygrometers can be used to measure the levels of humidity inside the humidor. Regardless, digital hygrometers tend to be more accurate when compared to the analogue ones.
As you already know, it is important to maintain the optimum conditions for your cigar to preserve and age properly. And therefore, for you to maintain these conditions, the reading of the hygrometer will definitely need to be accurate.
That means that a hygrometer is a vital piece when it comes to finding the best humidor in the market. It’s the other essential component of the humidor that actually keeps the moisture in check.
Why is Hygrometer important?
With this device, you will be able to monitor the readings inside your humidor. Basically, the humidor is a controlled environment where you can store your cigars. Unfortunately, you can’t just put cigars in an old box and expect them to taste the same even after a day. The cigars will likely lose its flavour.
There has to be some level of moisture in the air for your cigar to keep its flavour. More importantly, a hygrometer is also the best type of defence for beetles and mould. It additionally helps prevent your cigars from drying off in the process of storage.
You will be surprised how the humidity of the interior of your humidor can change especially when the device is under direct sunlight, on your computer or even in the basement. All these different locations are great places to smoke but they can influence the temperature and humidity of your humidor. So, you need to be careful!
Difference between a digital hygrometer and an analogue hygrometer
Typically, your humidor will likely have an analogue hygrometer. That means that the hygrometer has actual small arrows that point to the level of humidity in the environment. The fact that they are included in the humidor makes it easy to trust these devices. But the reality is that these devices are widely inaccurate.
They are cheap to make and that’s why most manufacturers prefer them over the digital ones. I highly recommend that you upgrade to the digital hygrometer since they are more accurate. On top of that, digital hygrometers are easy to use and read.