There is no getting around it: my humidifier has been one of the most useful appliances in my home. Not only has it helped clear up my sinuses when I'm sick, but it's also even kept my skin from becoming overly dry during the winter.
But, despite how handy this appliance has been to me and my family, I recently noticed that moisture beads were accumulating on the inside of our home's windows, furniture, floors and mirrors. My wife, Jan, even noticed that mold was beginning to form along the corners of our living room wall.
I began to do some research to see what the problem was, and apparently, humidifiers have been known to release too much moisture into the air from time to time. When I described my findings to Jan, she began to grow concerned that we purchased the wrong type of appliance. I reassured her that this is not an uncommon issue.
I simply told her that we needed to purchase a hygrometer. She look at me and laughed. I said I know the name sounds a bit funny, but these tools can be very useful. Apparently, hygrometers help make sure that humidity levels in a house aren't too high.
I could tell by the look on my wife's face that she wanted to know more. I told her that these little gadgets aren't expensive and can be bought as small digital battery-operated units. We talked a bit more about where we could buy one, and she asked me to call our local hardware store. Luckily, the employee told me that there were two more left. I didn't want the store to sell out of hygrometers, so I bought one that very day.