Humidifiers used to help save famous Scottish organ

Using humidifiers, one organization was able to protect a famous organ from deterioration due to its storage conditions.

While many major news sources talk about the benefits of humidifiers, these so-called experts often only focus on one or two advantages of these low-cost energy-saving items. For example, there have been a number of articles recently highlighting the health benefits these devices can have during the winter months when the cold and the flu are common. However, in my opinion, not enough is said of the versatility of these items.

The U.K. news source, The Courier, published a report on January 20, though, that provided an example of how house humidifiers can be used to prevent certain items from needing product repair.

In particular, it highlighted the story of the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ, which according to the organization's website, is dedicated to protecting what has been called the "finest concert organ in Scotland." So, it's no surprise that in order to safeguard this important treasure, these individuals would look to humidifiers as a way to protect the wood and leather that its original craftsman used to make the organ.

"The humidifier makes sure the air put through the pipes within the organ is at a certain percentage of humidity or you can damage the wood and dry it out,'' Dr. Jim McKellican, the chairman of the group, told the report. ''Some of the organ pipes are made of wood as well as of metal, and there is also leather which needs a certain air humidity, so that is why the humidifier is so important to the organ."

Those who want to secure other valuables may be wise to invest in these energy-saving tools in order to protect their collections. For example, baseball cards, musical instruments and paper documents are just a few of the valuable items that can be protected with the right levels of humidity provided by a house humidifier.

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