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Humidifier

  • Kay
    Kay Lister

    What brand of humidifier do you use?  Also, how far from the harp to you place it?

    Kay

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    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      I bought a vaporizer this time. It feels better than a humidifier, and I hope will have less chance of getting any kind of mold. I had a string of bad luck with humidifiers of several makes. Can't recommend any.

    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      Saul doesn't the vaporizer make the area to damp?  What exactly do you have?

      Kay

    • Rod
      Rod C.

      Kay:

      I recently purchased a humifier, which I like. It's a Hunter brand. (See link below.)

      I got it a Lowe's store. It was $70.00.  The thing that sold me on it was that on the box it said "No white dust."   I've had it about 10 days, and it does not produce that thin white dust that some humidifiers produce.  It also has a built-in digital "humistat" to tell you what the humidity level is in the room. I have it setting in a corner, about 15 feet from the harp.

      http://www.hunter-humidifiers.com/

      Best regards,

      Rod C.

    • Sherry
      Sherry Lenox

      I bought a humidifier from QVC (don't ask) a couple weeks ago, but I haven't tried it yet. The verdict is still out on "white dust". Will post after I try it.

    • Briggsie B.
      Briggsie B. Peawiggle, Esq.

      We just replaced our old Emerson which still worked but which could no longer be thoroughly cleaned -- even with bleach -- after the 10 years we had it. We replaced it with a Moist Air Essick. It covers 2900 sq. ft, and that surely does the job for us. I had it about 3 feet from the harp. It drew the harp badly out of tune. So I moved it back where the old one had been in the hallway, closer to a cold air return and about 10 or 12 feet from the harp. You can feel the effects throughout the house though. I can tell when it's empty because the house gets cold.

      Briggs

    • Ken
      Ken H.

            Has anyone tried using a product called Dampit?  I was thinking on buying one for a guitar. I have one that I use for my smaller instruments, the guitar one is quite larger.  It has a clip on the end, its like a long plastic tube that you soak in water and you can hang it in the sound box.  Works well.  The kit comes with a sign that changes color matching to the humidity level in the room where you have your instruments.

            I have a humidifier set up on my furnace but when it is really cold the most humidity I can acheive is about 30 -35% relative.  This is still to dry, I think it has to be at least 45 to 50%. 

            Thanks   Ken

       

    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      I wrote a blog here about humidification last year. You should read that. The short answer to your question though is that any humidifier that blows out "invisible" air(i.e., no visible vapor) is appropriate and should be placed close to the instrument.  A dampit is a little sponge in a tube that you soak with water and then stick inside a smaller wooden musical instrument. It is not sufficient for a harp. The whole frame of the harp has to be humidified evenly.

      I have two very old Sears humidifiers that I pull out every fall, oil the motors, clean in the bathtub and then fill with about 7 gallons of water. Both are in my living room which is where the musical instruments are. The room measures 33x13x9.5, equaling 4,075 sq. feet, and I have to fill those humdifiers about twice a week.  The so-called white dust mentioned is calcium that gets deposited on everything in the room with humidifiers that put out a visible vapor or steam.  The moisture they put out is not evaporated but is small droplets of water that then land on objects in the room and leave that deposit.

    • Briggsie B.
      Briggsie B. Peawiggle, Esq.

      I keep a Dampit in my old Troubadour harp, but it is also in the room with the big harp with gets humidity from the humidifier which works just fine. You can tell when it is working or not full by the coldness in the house when it runs out of water.....usually when we are asleep. It is new as mentioned above, and we are getting used to when to fill it. I have no white dust and never have from our evaporative humidifiers.

       

    • Erin
      Erin Wood

      I was recently told by an allergy specialist that both kinds of humidifiers (cool mist and vaporizer) are terrible for you.  I was very surprised since most GP's will recommend humidifiers when you have a cold.  But the specialist said that even if you try to keep them really clean they always have mold and spores.  I have a pretty nice humidifier that is only a few years old, but even when I thoroughly clean it with vinegar as directed, it starts smelling moldy to me in about a week.  I know that can't be good for my family.  I feel conflicted as to what to do for my harp now.  I thought about using a Dampit but as said above it is not sufficient.  

    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      Erin- Just put a few drops of Chlorox in the water. That will take care of the mold.

    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      I was introduced to the Vornado Vortex by a harpist and have been completely satisfied with mine.  The 4 gallon model keeps my 950sf home (in an arid climate) comfortable and only needs refilling once a week or so.

    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      OK, I bought the $70.00 (Lowes) humidifier and have a dampit in the sound box as well.  Short of putting bags of saturated sponges in the box, I just don't know what else to do! I can only get the humidity up to a whoopen 42% and it's just not enough.  My levers (actually the brackets that hold them) are loosening up and this drives me crazy let alone just not being good for the harp.  I definately have a summer time baby.  The wood is so tight at that time during the spring and summer seasons when we have high humidity. What a difference!  But right now I'm just not sure what else I can try.  We have 2 heat pump systems (NEVER AGAIN for various reasons), and the air is SOOOOO dry.

      Help, HELP, HELLLLLPPPPPP PLEASE!

      Kay

    • Barbara
      Barbara Low

      If it were me, I wouldn't put a Dampit in my harp. I've seen pictures of a harp damaged by one - it ruined the base and the body shell, so I'd be cautious about putting anything damp/wet inside your harp. Plus it will only humidify the body chamber while the rest of the harp receives no benefit. 42% room humidity is acceptable, though on the low end of the target range of 40%-60%, with the outer limits ranging from 30%-70%.


      Hope that eases your mind some.

    • Rod
      Rod C.

      Kay:  I may have given you some bad advice (if you acted on my earlier post about the humidfer from Lowes). I had just purchased a $70 humidifer at Lowes when I posted about it.  It is only a 2-gallon applicance and did not affect the humidity in my house. (This unit might help in a room with the door closed. But, I have an open-floor plan, ranch model house...so there is a lot of open space.)

      I ended up buying a Bemis Essick humidfier (see link below) which holds 13 gallons of water and will humidify 2,700 square feet. I really like it!  I don't have to fill it daily.  It was available on line for $180.00.  I got it at a local Menards hardware for $149.00.  I has an internal digital guage for reading the humidity...and it is easy to keep my humidity levels up.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000D8EJP

      Hope this helps.

      Rod C.

    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      Hey Rod,

      No, actually I had bought it about the same time you posted that you had gotten yours from Lowes.  My music room is completely enclosed, but the door IS an open door way.  I think part of the problem is that there is a return vent located in that room so I'm spitting in the wind so to speak.  I can't cover the return vent but I might try hanging a curtain or something in the door way.  There is no other room in my home that would suit the harp as the rest of my house is very open as well.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a rainy spring!  Bring on the humidity!!

      Kay

    • Carl
      Carl Swanson

      My two humidifiers are about 30 years old now and work fine. Every year I clean them out, oil the motor, and fill them up. I have one problem though. The belt that rotates through the water is old and worn out and I don't know where to get another one. Both humidifiers were bought at Sears. Any ideas???

    • Unknown
      Unknown User

      40% to 60% is this the target that everyone is after for the ideal humidity?  I live in a high desert environment and I don't think I have ever had my winter humidity over 32% (I did not have a gage until this last fall so I don't know about summer humidity).  My Dusty has always been fine but I have noticed that my LH22 is a bit more of a princess...she seems to be most comfortable with a steady humidity and when I try to get it higher I just can't stay consistent. 

    • Kay
      Kay Lister

      Carl, I went on line and just pulled up a search for humidifier parts.  Found loads of sources.  You will need your serial number. I did try sears 1st and pulled up small appliance parts and only one humidifier came up and parts are no longer available for it.  Good luck!

      Kay

    • Barbara
      Barbara Low

      Carl, try http://www.mcmaster.com/

      McMaster Carr has all kinds of drive belts, and hopefully they will have a match for what you need. Just type in drive belts in the "find products" window.