Weather Station Advisor https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com Tue, 05 Feb 2019 02:49:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isolated vs. Scattered Thunderstorms: What Is the Difference? https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/isolated-vs-scattered-thunderstorms-what-is-the-difference/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/isolated-vs-scattered-thunderstorms-what-is-the-difference/#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 02:49:55 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=3257 So, your local TV meteorologist has just announced that thunderstorms are in the forecast. But should you cancel your plans? Maybe not. Depending on how the forecast is worded, you might still be able to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity sometime during the day. In this blog post, we’re going to explain the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms.When these words appear in your forecast, it is meant to describe the expected extent of thunderstorm activity. Unlike organized lines of storms, isolated and scattered storms affect a far smaller area so not everyone will experience them.What Does Isolated Thunderstorms Mean?When

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So, your local TV meteorologist has just announced that thunderstorms are in the forecast. But should you cancel your plans? Maybe not. Depending on how the forecast is worded, you might still be able to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity sometime during the day. In this blog post, we’re going to explain the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms.

When these words appear in your forecast, it is meant to describe the expected extent of thunderstorm activity. Unlike organized lines of storms, isolated and scattered storms affect a far smaller area so not everyone will experience them.

What Does Isolated Thunderstorms Mean?

When this appears in, it means less than about 20 percent or so of the forecast area is expected to experience storm activity at any one time. Isolated storms are the most difficult to forecast and plan for. It’s entirely possible that one area is entirely sunny while just 10 or 20 miles in the distance a thunderstorm rages.

In some cases, just one or two storms develop, which further localizes the thunderstorm risk. This is especially dangerous, and we’ll explain later on why.

In most cases, there’s no need to cancel any outdoor activities when isolated storms are forecasted. There’s a higher probability of you not getting caught in a storm, but keep an eye on the sky just in case. If you see lightning in the distance, take cover and wait it out. There’s a good chance that you’ll be able to resume your activities shortly, and better weather will return.

Example of isolated vs. scattered thunderstorms

Radar image with an example of isolated vs. scattered thunderstorms.
(Image Credit: National Weather Service)

What Does Scattered Thunderstorms Mean?

Scattered thunderstorms are more numerous in nature and cover a larger area. Here, your chances of seeing thunderstorm activity are significantly higher. At any given time, between 30-50% of the forecast area is covered by storms. You’ll likely need to adjust your outdoor plans, and it will be a good idea to postpone them until after the threat of storms pass.

Since scattered storms cover a greater area, it’s possible for one particular location to be hit by more than one storm (with isolated storms the threat of this happening is considerably less). Areas that are forecasted with scattered thunderstorms will often encounter multiple rounds of storms throughout the day. On these days you will most likely experience a downpour for several minutes, and then the sun may come out, only to have another thunderstorm roll in 30 minutes later. There is also increased lightning activity, so it’s a good idea to remain indoors as long as you see lightning in the distance. Lightning often strikes many miles from the core of the storm itself.

While it’s still difficult to pinpoint exact spots to be affected, days with scattered thunderstorms forecasted typically are much cloudier, and even if you don’t exactly get a thunderstorm, with the increased amount of instability weaker showers and sprinkles may pop up around these storms too.

Final Thoughts

One thing that you must keep in mind is that the terms “isolated” and “scattered” do not describe anything about the storm’s strength. Severe storms don’t always occur in an organized fashion. Instead, isolated vs. scattered thunderstorms refer to the coverage of the storms over the forecast area. Severe storms don’t always occur in an organized manner.

In fact, isolated thunderstorms can be especially intense and thus more dangerous because conditions can deteriorate so rapidly. These storms can quickly become quite intense and in rare cases even tornadic.

Luckily, there are often signs in atmospheric conditions pointing to stronger storms, even if only isolated and scattered, so your local meteorologist often warns of this ahead of time. Regardless, you should always follow the safety slogan “when thunder roars, go indoors” and take cover as soon as possible in an enclosed shelter!

The above percentages also shouldn’t be confused with the actual “probability of precipitation,” that percentage chance you see in forecasts. That is actually a (somewhat confusing) mix of the forecaster’s certainty that precipitation will form and the percentage of the area that it might occur in. (See here for a detailed explanation).

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Best WiFi Thermometer & Wireless Remote Temperature Monitor in 2019 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/best-remote-temperature-monitor/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/best-remote-temperature-monitor/#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 12:41:32 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=1455 A remote temperature monitor is a compact wireless sensor that tracks temperature and humidity conditions. The best wireless temperature monitors are accompanied with a mobile app that visualizes the real-time data and enables you to set triggers to alert you of any important changes to the conditions.Stable temperature and humidity is often an essential factor to avoid costly and irreparable damage to property and possessions. The critical alerts from a remote temperature sensor will allow you to take preventive measures before the temperature or humidity reaches destructive levels.The devices can connect to either a WiFi network, Bluetooth or a cellular

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Temp Stick WiFi Thermometer

A remote temperature monitor is a compact wireless sensor that tracks temperature and humidity conditions. The best wireless temperature monitors are accompanied with a mobile app that visualizes the real-time data and enables you to set triggers to alert you of any important changes to the conditions.

Stable temperature and humidity is often an essential factor to avoid costly and irreparable damage to property and possessions. The critical alerts from a remote temperature sensor will allow you to take preventive measures before the temperature or humidity reaches destructive levels.

The devices can connect to either a WiFi network, Bluetooth or a cellular network to achieve the remote capabilities that enable you to monitor the conditions from anywhere at any time and receive alerts on your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Remote temperature monitors are traditionally bulky and expensive devices with excessive monthly subscription fees. Companies immediately realized how vital the monitors are for a lot of business owners so as a result they became overpriced and out of reach to household consumers.

Fortunately, one company in particular, is placing the technology in the hands of all customers by manufacturing a WiFi thermometer that is simple, reliable and affordable with zero subscription fees. After extensive testing and research, we have concluded that the Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor From Ideal Sciences (click here to check the price on TempStick.com) is the best device overall. The Temp Stick WiFi thermometer is the easiest to set up; it’s accurate, and it offers the ideal combination of functionality and affordability in a discreet and compact battery operated unit.

WiFi Temperature Sensor & Wireless Remote Temperature Monitoring System Reviews

We’ve taken a look at the best remote temperature sensors, and after testing the top models and reading a number of user reviews, we have uncovered one standout winner. Here are our findings.

1. Best Overall: Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor

Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches
Weight:
3.4 ounces
Power Source:
2 AA Batteries
Battery Life:
6-12 months
Connection: WiFi
Temperature Range:
-40°F to 125°F
Temperature Accuracy: ±0.4°C (max)
Relative Humidity Range: 0 to 100%
Relative Humidity Accuracy: ±4% RH (max)

It doesn't matter whether you’re monitoring a freezer room, vacation home, RV, greenhouse, or a beloved pet, the Temp Stick is by far the best remote temperature sensor for the job. Made in the USA and built to work in Canada as well, the compact and reliable WiFi thermometer is powered by 2 AA batteries, which will give you approximately 12 months of life depending on how often you configure the sensor to take readings. We recommend installing lithium batteries for better longevity and performance in extreme conditions (i.e., fridges and freezers).

A WiFi Temperature Sensor Is the Most Versatile Option

The Temp Stick is an internet thermometer that uses a WiFi connection instead of Bluetooth or a cellular network for remote monitoring and alerts. Plus, there are no additional gateway devices you will have to purchase for the connectivity—it’s all built into the device. A WiFi temperature sensor is the most versatile option to be able to monitor the conditions from just about anywhere 24/7. A cellular device typically incurs extra costs and the operating range on a Bluetooth device limits the amount of applications the sensor can be used for.

If you’re traveling with the device in an RV or if you're just in a position where you don’t have access to an internet connection, you can create a mobile hotspot with a Verizon Jetpack to remain connected.

Easy 3 Minute Setup

We found that the WiFi thermometer was extraordinarily easy to set up and get connected. It's advertised to have a 3 minute setup time and from our experience it felt even quicker. The device is factory calibrated, but if for some reason you’re not happy with the readings you’ll have the ability to set a calibration like synchronization with other instruments by increasing or decreasing the calibration offset value.

Intuitive App for iPhone and Android Smartphones

The Temp Stick WiFi thermometer comes with an intuitive app for both iPhone and Android mobiles. The app allows you to monitor current conditions as well as view an unlimited history of archived data from any date range. If you’d prefer to use a computer to monitor conditions, a web-based version of the app is also available. In particular, we like the graphs that give you a great snapshot of the temperature and humidity readings as you log in.

Multiple Contacts Can Receive Alerts

Within the app, you can easily set up triggers to have the device alert you by text or email the instant an important change to the temperature or humidity occurs. You can also have a total of ten different contacts receive alerts and notifications under one account. Additionally, you can customize which contacts receive specific alerts.

Add an Unlimited Amount of Sensors to the Platform

The platform allows you to add an unlimited amount of devices so you can monitor multiple locations simultaneously with one account, making it useful for more complex situations.

Adjust the Recording Intervals

You can adjust how often the Temp Stick takes readings, from every 60, 30, 15, 10 or 5 minutes based on your settings. Unfortunately, as 5 minutes is the shortest interval it is not a true real-time reading, so we have to point out that this may be the device’s only negative point. For most users, a 5-minute interval should be adequate. Keep in mind that the first two initial readings are always 1 hour apart based on the default settings when the unit is first activated. After the second reading, the device should update in line with your settings.

Battery Level & Loss of Connection Alerts

Other noteworthy features include alerts for battery levels and loss of connection. That’s extremely important because losing connectivity without warning could spell trouble. If the Temp Stick misses a check-in for a reading because the power is out or the internet is down the system sends you a notification that your sensor missed a check-in because it could not find a WiFi connection. The sensor will continue to log data (up to 100 readings) until it can connect again. You’ll receive a notification when a link has been re-established.

Most Accurate Remote Thermometer

You can also trust that your readings are accurate and reliable; designed to work in commercial freezers the Temp Stick WiFi enabled thermometer is one of the most accurate and robust sensors out of the box. It has a temperature range of -40°F to 125°F accurate to ±0.4°C (max) and a relative humidity range of 0 to 100% accurate to ±4% RH (max).

Zero Subscription Fees

The Temp Stick does not require a subscription so there are no recurring hidden fees. You only have to pay for the device, and that’s it. The sensor is one of the more expensive options on our list, but again we’ll point to the built-in WiFi, the reliability, and the high-degree of accuracy as key reasons to look past how much you might be spending.

Our Top Recommendation

The Temp Stick from Ideal Sciences is a trustworthy WiFi temperature sensor that will get the job done without any hassle. It's accurate, reliable and user-friendly.

When you're monitoring expensive, temperature sensitive equipment, we understand that you must have an accurate monitor that will deliver alerts without fail. We quickly discovered that the Temp Stick is that device. We couldn't find a better option on the market.

Click here to check the price of our #1 recommendation: the Temp Stick​

Pros
  • Most accurate sensor
  • Compact and robust design
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Zero subscription fees
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Adequate battery life for most applications
  • App is intuitive and user-friendly
Cons
  • No true real-time reporting. The shortest interval for readings is 5 minutes.
  • Frequent reporting settings will shorten the battery life

2. Runner-Up: SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer

Dimensions: 1.57 x 1.57 x 0.65 inches
Weight:
1.4 ounces
Power Source:
CR2477 coin cell battery
Battery Life:
Typ. over 1 year (more in normal conditions, less in extreme cold)
Connection: Bluetooth and WiFi (G1 WiFi Gateway sold separately)
Temperature Range: -40°F to 140°F
Temperature Accuracy: ±0.7°C / ±1.3°F typical 1.2°C / ±2.2°F max
Relative Humidity Range: 0 to 100%
Relative Humidity Accuracy: ±4.5% typical ±7.5% max

The SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer is an appealing option if you’re monitoring rooms or possessions that are within your house. The SensorPush boasts a 325 feet connection range with a clear line of sight through Bluetooth, although, most of the time there will be obstructions between you and the sensor causing the range to be restricted. There is a WiFi gateway device that can be purchased to connect to the internet which will improve the remote capabilities, but it’s expensive and adding an extra piece of equipment takes away from the compact and convenient nature of the device.

For this reason, we prefer the Temp Stick instead. Otherwise, the SensorPush is a very capable wireless thermometer and hygrometer.

The device measures just 1.57" x 1.57" x 0.65" and weighs only 40g making it the smallest remote temperature sensor on our list. Despite its small size, the sensor is accurate, constructed with a Swiss-made sensing component you’ll always get reliable measurements.

The SensorPush runs on a CR2477 coin cell battery which typically provides over a year of regular use depending on the temperature conditions the sensor is placed in. It should last longer in warmer conditions and less in extreme cold.

The remote temperature sensor takes readings every minute and can store data for 20 days on board inside the unit itself—which is handy if it loses a connection as the data will be pushed to your phone when you return and reconnect. The intuitive iPhone and Android app can store an unlimited amount of data which is conveniently displayed inside timestamped graphs, and you’ll also have the ability to export all of the data into a CSV file for Excel.

Like the Temp Stick the app is easy to use and can accommodate an unlimited amount of sensors, and one sensor can be monitored by an unlimited amount of mobiles. The app offers similar alert and calibration features, and users report that both setup and operation is for the most part trouble-free.

Hopefully, in future models, SensorPush can combine WiFi into the device so you don’t have to purchase it separately, as it would undoubtedly make it a more level competitor with the Temp Stick. That said, it would probably be more expensive too, so for those that don’t need a WiFi enabled thermometer and can stay nearby the sensor then the SensorPush is a worthy option.

Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Effortless setup
  • Beautifully designed app
  • Reliable measurements
  • Bluetooth pushes data to app when back within range
Cons
  • WiFi connectivity costs extra
  • Bluetooth range can be limited in real-world situations

3. Ambient Weather WS-10-X4 Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer

Console Dimensions: 4.50 x 5.0 x 1.00 inches
Weight:
11.2 ounces
Power Source:
Main Unit - 4 AAA, Sensors - 2 AAA Batteries
Battery Life:
Minimum 12 months
Connection: 433MHz Wireless Signal
Temperature Range: -40°F to 140°F
Temperature Accuracy: ±1°F
Relative Humidity Range: 10 to 99%
Relative Humidity Accuracy: ±5% RH

Ambient Weather’s WS-10-X4 Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer setup caught our eye for its capability to monitor up to eight sensors at the same time. This makes it an excellent option for those who need an inexpensive way to monitor conditions in multiple locations at home. The included display console has an indoor thermo-hygrometer sensor inside and it comes with four remote sensors which also have a display for temperature and humidity readings.

The console allows you to set alerts when temperature and humidity readings meet certain thresholds, which display both visually and audibly through the unit. You’ll also have the ability to view maximum and minimum readings for each connected sensor.

However, for the low cost, you’ll be missing many features that are available on the top temperature monitoring devices. The WS-10-X4 uses a wireless signal (433MHz), so there is a limited transmission range between the sensors and the display console (300 feet line of sight or 100 feet under most conditions). There is also no capability to store readings, and there is no companion app or web-based method to view the data.

The Ambient Weather WS-10-X4 monitor is an affordable option for users who only need to monitor conditions at home. The remote monitoring capabilities are just not up to the same standard of a wireless internet thermometer, and the lack of a smartphone app makes other options more attractive.

Pros
  • Display console included
  • Comes with 4 remote sensors and supports up to 8
  • Very affordable remote thermometer
Cons
  • Wireless signal has a limited range
  • No smartphone app

4. MarCELL 500 Cellular Monitoring System with Water Spuck

Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight:
12.8 ounces
Power Source:
DC 5V 2A, backup lithium ion battery
Connection: Cellular
Temperature Range: 10°F to 120°F
Relative Humidity Range: 10 to 95%

If you don’t have access to an internet connection and you need to monitor the conditions from anywhere, then the MarCELL 500 cellular monitoring system may be your answer.

Yes, in this buying guide we recommend you stay away from subscription-based units. However, at the same time, not everybody is going to be served well by a WiFi thermometer or a traditional wireless temperature sensor with only short-range connectivity.

The MarCELL unit is not just intended to monitor temperature and humidity. MarCELL also has the capability to connect wireless water sensors to the system which they call SPucks. One SPuck is included and you can add up to sixteen in total. They can monitor for water leaks in areas such as your bathrooms, laundry or basement.

A traditional wall outlet powers the unit and the MarCELL will also notify you of any power outages. If it does lose power, it can last approximately 30 hours with the backup lithium battery.

As long as the location has some cell service, MarCELL will work effectively. If the temperature or humidity exceeds your guidelines you’ll receive a phone call, email or text message depending on your settings. The company also has an online web-based portal where you can view current data and trends, much like the other models we reviewed.

The biggest drawback is the connectivity costs. While you can pay a lower effective monthly fee by paying for the service a year in advance, it’s still pretty pricey. We only recommend the MarCELL for situations where traditional methods for remote monitoring either aren’t feasible or are unavailable.

Pros
  • Cellular connectivity makes it suitable for remote areas
  • Support for water leak sensors
  • Power outage monitoring
Cons
  • Subscription fees
  • Large size limits the applications it can be used for

5. Elitech RCW-800 WiFi Temperature Sensor

Console Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.5 x 3.5 inches
Weight:
8 ounces
Power Source:
DC 5V 1A, backup 3.7V 1100mAH lithium battery
Connection: WiFi
Temperature Range: -40℃ to 80℃
Temperature Accuracy: ±0.5℃(-20℃ to 40℃); ±1℃(others)
Relative Humidity Range: 0 to 95%
Relative Humidity Accuracy: ±5% RH

The EliTech RCW-800 is a WiFi temperature monitor that comes with a sleek display console making it an ideal remote temperature sensor for commercial businesses that are specifically in need of cold chain storage monitoring. The device is powered by an AC outlet through an included DC adapter and will last an additional 6 hours if the power supply is disconnected thanks to the 3.7V lithium battery.

It connects seamlessly to your WiFi network to upload all the data to the Elitech cloud platform. You can view the data remotely via a smartphone or computer. Even when the RCW-800 is disconnected from the network, the device can store data until it reconnects, and it will upload any logged data to the cloud once it does.

Data can be uploaded from every 1 minute all the way to 24-hour intervals. Temperature and humidity alerts include an LED indicator, buzzer and platform reminder.

The wide temperature range and the high degree of accuracy are commendable, and there are no subscription fees here making the Elitech RCW-800 an attractive solution. Unfortunately, the lack of portability will limit the number of applications that it can be used for.

Pros
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Accurate sensor
  • Wide temperature range
  • Display console
  • Designed for cold chain monitoring
  • Free cloud service
Cons
  • Limited portability

6. Room Alert 3E PoE

Dimensions: 0.875 x 3.625 x 1.75 inches
Weight:
7.8 ounces
Power Source:
PoE, DC 5V 1A
Connection: Ethernet
Temperature Range: -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
Temperature Accuracy: ±2°C
Relative Humidity Range: 5 to 85%
Relative Humidity Accuracy: ±4.5% RH

The Room Alert 3E has one primary application: monitoring temperatures in server rooms and IT facilities (it isn’t practical for much else, though). It only requires an Ethernet connection to power itself and monitor temperature and humidity conditions, although if your network is not PoE, just use the included power adapter and you are good to go.

The Room Alert 3E uses a web-based interface for viewing data from the sensor, and there is also a local software solution that can be used as an alternative. Alerts are available by email, email-to-SMS, SNMP, web page update and there are more options for alerting via text, voice or GSM (satellite) modem.

If you don’t have a computer or server room to monitor however, the Room Alert 3E isn’t for you. All of the functionality is centered around IT users rather than the everyday person. This means that both setup and use of the Room Alert 3E is not going to be as user-friendly as other options.

Pros
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Web page updates
  • Cloud monitoring service
Cons
  • No app
  • Setup is not as user-friendly as the top models

7. La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP

Dimensions: 5.23 x 0.76 x 1.44 inches
Weight:
3.2 ounces
Power Source:
Sensor: 2 AAA batteries, Gateway: AC adapter included
Connection: Wireless sensor to Ethernet gateway
Temperature Range: -40°F to 140°F
Relative Humidity Range: 3 to 99%

This remote thermometer allows users to connect their sensors to an internet gateway which needs to be connected to a router to observe the temperature and humidity remotely. However, text and email alerts, are a “premium” feature. While you get the first three months free, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee after that to continue the service.

Even though initially the La Crosse Alerts Mobile 926-25101-GP is considerably less expensive than other options, we still can’t see much value here as many users have experienced significant setup and reliability issues and the subscription fees are a big negative. The La Crosse remote temperature sensor is also nowhere near as accurate as the rest of our top suggestions, and the technology is outdated, so if precise measurements are what you’re after, look at the Temp Stick instead.

Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Internet connectivity
  • Smartphone app
Cons
  • Setup and reliability issues
  • Subscription fees
  • Requires a gateway device for internet connectivity
  • Accuracy not on par with competitors

Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Wireless Thermometer

There are some important factors that you need to think about in order to purchase the best remote temperature monitoring system for your particular needs. In the guide below we will help you understand what a wireless thermometer or remote temperature sensor can be used for and we analyze the key features that will help you make the best purchase.

How Are You Going to Use the Remote Temperature Sensor?

Remote Home Temperature Monitor and Vacation Home Monitoring

Use in the home is likely to be the most common reason you’d want a remote temperature monitoring system. You can use it as a home heat monitor to observe an infant’s room to make sure it’s neither too hot nor cold, monitor the basement to prevent damage caused by frozen pipes and monitor the attic to avoid moisture and heat buildup.

If you're also interested in monitoring conditions such as rainfall, wind speed and barometric pressure at home, then you will be better served by a complete home weather station rather than just a single wireless temperature sensor.

WiFi temperature monitors are particularly useful for remote vacation home monitoring during the months that you are not there. Owners who rent out their homes can monitor their property and protect their investment from extreme weather. There are many uses here.

Remote Pet Monitoring

We care a lot about our furry (and non-furry) friends, and many of them are much more sensitive to changes in temperature than we are. Make sure your pet is safe and healthy by watching the temperature and setting a temperature alarm when you have to leave them on their own. Many users find that a wireless temperature monitoring device is particularly useful when traveling with pets in their RV. If they have to quickly step out and leave their dog or cat behind in the RV, they can feel comfortable knowing their beloved pets are safe with the help of a WiFi remote temperature sensor. Click here to see our reviews of the best pet temperature monitors for RVs.

Refrigerators, Freezers and Walk-in Cooler Temperature Monitoring

Fridges, freezers and walk-in coolers must maintain a cold temperature level that will ensure food stays fresh and safe to consume. A refrigerator and freezer WiFi thermometer alert device is useful not only in your own home to preserve your food but it is a critical instrument for restaurant owners to follow safe food storage practices on their premises.

RV Temperature Monitor

Much like your home, your mobile home or RV could benefit from a remote temperature monitoring system to save on cooling and heating costs and to protect any temperature sensitive goods. It's particularly important to monitor the temperature of your RV during the summer, as just like a car it can heat up very quickly—causing early wear to your interior components and any supplies inside.

Vaccine Temperature Monitoring

Vaccines and other medical products must be stored at clearly defined temperatures. Most medical refrigerators have temperature controls but what happens when they fail or lose power? It's essential to have a backup temperature monitoring device to monitor your vaccines around the clock as they can be damaged or lose potency if they're exposed to extreme climates for extended periods of time.

Server Room Monitoring

Ever wonder why computer rooms in many places always seem colder than the rest of the building? There’s a good reason for that. Experts recommend maintaining a temperature of between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal performance to avoid any damage to components. Servers must continuously be kept online as they are mission-critical pieces of equipment for a lot of companies in this digital age. Severe data loss and expensive damage to hardware can occur from server rooms overheating; use a remote temperature monitoring system to ensure your data and hardware is protected.

Wine Cellars

Wine, like any other alcohol, is susceptible to temperature changes. The ideal temperature does vary a bit based on the type of wine, but typically a 55°F temperature and 60%-70% relative humidity is perfect for a wine cellar to maintain the integrity of the wine and the corks. You’ll be able to ensure maximum freshness by using a WiFi temperature sensor to monitor the conditions in your wine cellar.

Cigar Humidors

Cigar enthusiasts don’t want their prized possessions drying out, so continuously observing humidity levels is necessary to keep them fresh and full of flavor and aroma. Here, a hygrometer is vital for doing just that. Cigars need to be kept at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and within a stable relative humidity range of 68%-72%.

Incubators

Chickens and other hatched animals require a specific amount of heat to develop and hatch correctly. It’s critical to watch the temperature and humidity of your incubator to maximize hatch rates.

Greenhouses

Want your plants to do their best? Make sure they’re getting the heat and moisture they need with a greenhouse thermometer. Now you’ll easily be able to monitor conditions inside your greenhouse with a remote WiFi temperature sensor.

Musical Instruments

Although you may not think of it, temperature and humidity can have an adverse effect on musical instruments, especially those made of wood. If the relative humidity is too low, the wood on your guitar can shrink and crack. Too much moisture in the air can cause the wood to expand and swell, negatively affecting the sound of the instrument. Experts recommend that guitars be kept at a humidity level of 40-50% and at a temperature of around 72°F. With these conditions, your guitar will sound and play its best. Protect your instrument and save yourself from the expensive repairs by merely placing a WiFi remote temperature sensor in your instrument’s case and setting a temperature and humidity alert.

Accuracy

The accuracy and consistency of the readings are going to be the most critical feature to look for in every remote temperature and humidity monitor to successfully safeguard your items or protect your temperature sensitive creatures.

Look for a device that has a wide operating range for its temperature and humidity readings with a high degree of accuracy. The Temp Stick is an excellent model to compare others too; we’ve found that the Temp Stick is the most accurate WiFi temperature monitoring system. It has a temperature range of -40°F to 125°F accurate to ±0.4°C (max) and a relative humidity range of 0 to 100% accurate to ±4% RH (max). Any sensor you choose should have similar specifications, or better.

Having some way to calibrate these readings is also essential. While wireless temperature monitoring devices like the Temp Stick come factory calibrated, there may be times where the readings may slightly drift one way or the other throwing off your accuracy. A useful feature of the Temp Stick is the ability to set a calibration like synchronization with other instruments by increasing or decreasing the calibration offset value.

Connectivity Options

What type of connectivity option you choose will vary based on your specific needs. If you need to monitor a faraway location, then cellular connectivity might be your only choice. Monitoring close to your home will make a radio-based wireless (433MHz) or Bluetooth device viable, while sensors within your server room could use an Ethernet connection.

We found that a WiFi thermometer is the most versatile and reliable option to be able to monitor the conditions from just about anywhere at any time.

A cellular device normally incurs extra costs and the operating range on Bluetooth and radio-based wireless devices are severely reduced to 33 feet or so when there is no clear line of sight between you and the remote thermometer.

A WiFi temperature monitor is the best device for most applications because you don't have to be near the sensor to observe the conditions and receive alerts. If you’re in a position where you don’t have access to the internet, you can use a mobile hotspot device, such as a Verizon Jetpack, to remain connected.

User Interface and Temperature Sensor Alerts

Make sure any remote temperature alarm system you choose has a user-friendly interface. Access from a smartphone or tablet through an app is certainly preferable, but at a minimum, you should at least be able to view an application on a website. Again, the Temp Stick shines here, as its remote temperature monitoring iPhone and Android app allow for easy access to current data and an unlimited history of archived data. The app also offers the capability to change settings and effortlessly create and receive alerts based on your own custom triggers.

Types of Readings and Additional Sensor Support

Some models can support additional sensors that operate on the same platform so you can monitor multiple remote locations at any given time. With the Temp Stick, you can control and receive alerts from an unlimited amount of sensors under one account.

This article is a temperature and humidity sensor buying guide, so naturally, any recommendations we make to you will all be able to do just that. However, there are devices on the market such as the MarCELL 500 Cellular monitoring system that has the option to include a water sensor which can come in handy to help monitor the basement and laundry for water leaks inside your home.

Power Source

Remote temperature sensors will operate from one of a few different power sources, with most operating on battery power. Just remember that the power source will affect how portable they are and your choice depends on your requirements. We recommend selecting a WiFi temperature sensor that is battery powered as it offers the most portability. The Temp Stick WiFi thermometer operates with 2 AA batteries and a typical battery life of 6-12 months is what you can expect depending on the settings. Make sure you use lithium batteries as they perform better in extreme climates and they last longer than alkaline batteries. Other models may operate off of AC power, USB, or through PoE (Power over Ethernet).

Initial Cost and Subscription Fees

Typically, the more accurate, reliable, and feature-rich the sensor is—the more expensive it will be. However, at the same time, we don’t see the need to purchase any sensor with subscription fees, unless you genuinely need it. The only situation where we see that happening is when cellular connectivity is required. Beware of these hidden costs.

While our top choice, the Temp Stick WiFi temperature sensor, isn’t the cheapest initially, it has zero subscription fees, and the WiFi connectivity makes it useful in just about every possible scenario as you’ll have the ability to monitor the conditions from almost anywhere at any time.

Conclusion

Which remote temperature monitor you select depends on what you intend to use it for. While a couple of the devices we’ve recommended here are best suited for specific applications, overall we’re particularly impressed with the versatility and performance of the Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor. It’s the most accurate sensor, it’s reliable, the smartphone app works seamlessly, and the inclusion of WiFi connectivity with zero subscription fees propels the remote temperature sensor into a class of its own. Owners seem to have the most long-term success with this WiFi thermometer, so we recommend it here without any reservations.

The next best option is the SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer. While it does require a WiFi Gateway to be able to view data remotely over the internet, its performance is quite close to that of the Temp Stick, and if you just need a temperature and humidity monitor for use within your home, then the SensorPush will do an excellent job.

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Maintaining the wrong level of humidity in a room, building, or enclosed space can impact health, interfere with storage conditions and damage expensive possessions. Whether you're monitoring your home's humidity levels, operating a greenhouse, ensuring proper storage of cigars, or caring for your animals—measuring the relative humidity is essential.

The best way to measure relative humidity in a particular space is with a digital hygrometer. In this article, we share our reviews of the top hygrometers on the market, including the best model for humidors, for home use and the most accurate overall.

What is a Hygrometer?

A hygrometer, sometimes known as a humidity meter or humidity gauge, is a device for measuring humidity in the air. In other words, hygrometers measure the amount of moisture in a particular environment, usually by calculating temperature and pressure changes. There are many types of hygrometers, including electrical or digital hygrometers, psychrometers, mechanical hygrometers, and dew point hygrometers.

Digital hygrometers are often used in industrial premises, greenhouses, and other outdoor spaces, for quick and accurate humidity readings. There are also many personal and indoor uses for humidity meters, such as keeping food storage spaces moisture-free, preserving cigars and monitoring wine cellars.


Best Hygrometer Reviews

Here is our list of the best hygrometers on the market with reviews and ratings. We’ve done the research and testing—along with reading real customer reviews—to offer our recommendations on the best models for every application.

1. Best Overall: Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor

Our top pick is the Temp Stick remote hygrometer from Ideal Sciences. This sensor monitors both temperature and humidity conditions. It can be connected to any WiFi network, so you can receive email or text alerts when the temperature or humidity exceeds your pre-set limits.

Made in the USA, this remote hygrometer is a precise and versatile option to continually monitor conditions in any environment, from just about anywhere. Unlike some wireless hygrometers, it’s extremely easy to set up in just a few minutes and it's factory calibrated (you can also adjust the calibration if required). It requires only two AA batteries, and users report battery life between six and 12 months depending on usage. You’ll also get an automatic alert if the batteries are low, to minimize any downtime.

We found the Temp Stick to be a highly accurate and reliable wireless hygrometer, designed to work in conditions from -40°F to 125°F (accurate to ±0.4°C), and track relative humidity from 0% to 100% (accurate to ±4% RH). We also loved the ability to view your entire history of readings through the app.

Monitoring is easy, using an intuitive app available for both iPhone and Android devices. There is also a web-based version available for monitoring via your computer.

The flexibility of this device allows you to:

  • Connect an unlimited number of sensors to monitor multiple locations within one account.
  • Choose how often the Temp Stick takes measurements, every 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
  • Set custom triggers for alerts (e.g., alert you when humidity reaches a particular measurement).
  • Include up to 10 contacts to receive alerts.

Although the Temp Stick is a more expensive option compared to other devices in this guide, the long-term value is high because there are no subscriptions or hidden fees that you'll typically find with other remote temperature monitors. Plus, the built-in WiFi connectivity, the intuitive app and the excellent reliability of the Temp Stick makes this device a worthwhile investment.

Pros
  • High accuracy hygrometer
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Quick setup
  • Zero subscription fees
  • User-friendly app
Cons
  • The shortest reporting interval is 5 minutes, so you don’t get true real-time reporting
  • Battery life is reduced when using frequent reporting intervals

2. Runner-Up: SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer

If the Temp Stick is out of your budget, then the next best hygrometer is the SensorPush. This digital hygrometer is a great option for monitoring humidity conditions within your home. In ideal conditions, with no obstructions, this sensor has a 325-foot range via a Bluetooth connection. There is also an option to purchase a WiFi gateway device to get alerts from anywhere, similar to the Temp Stick—but the gateway is an expensive and bulky accessory in comparison to the compact and small hygrometer measuring unit.

The SensorPush takes readings continually (every minute), and can store up to 20 days of data within the device itself. So, if you are away from your home, whether for an hour or a week, the SensorPush keeps monitoring and stores the data to be retrieved once you reconnect. Like the Temp Stick, unlimited data is stored in the easy-to-use SensorPush app (available for iPhone and Android devices).

This device is also flexible and versatile, with the ability to monitor an unlimited number of sensors. Each sensor can also be monitored by an unlimited number of users. Users report that setup is easy, and the sensor runs on a CR2477 coin cell battery (included), providing over a year of battery life. In addition, the Swiss-made sensing component in the SensorPush ensures reliable, accurate measurements.

We found the SensorPush to be a high-quality hygrometer that's very easy to use, plus it's more affordable than the Temp Stick. However, if you need remote monitoring outside of your home you will need to add the WiFi gateway device, and then the cost increases significantly. For the ability to monitor humidity and temperature conditions from anywhere—we do prefer the Temp Stick, but the SensorPush is an excellent option for around the home.

Pros
  • More affordable price
  • Easy set up with battery included
  • Highly functional and easy-to-use app
  • Ability to store up to 20 days of data if disconnected from Bluetooth
  • High accuracy and reliability
  • Compact and lightweight
Cons
  • Price increases substantially if adding the WiFi gateway
  • Bluetooth range can be limited depending on where the device is located in the home

3. Best Humidor Hygrometer: Cigar Oasis Caliber 4R Gold Digital/Analog Hygrometer

A common use for hygrometers is within a humidor, which is used for storing cigars in a controlled environment. After researching and evaluating several options, we prefer the Caliber 4R by Western Humidor for use in cigar humidors.

The Caliber 4R is an affordable yet advanced humidity sensor, almost as accurate as a high-end laboratory hygrometer it measures within ±1% RH with a range of 20-90%. It is a small device with an elegant and classic analog design, making it a perfect solution for your humidor. It comes factory-calibrated, but you can also adjust the calibration as required. Many users like the color-coded, simple analog design of this sensor, mainly because it is paired with the accuracy of a digital display.

This device provides both real-time temperature and humidity monitoring, and a three day high/low and averages for humidity and temperature. The humidity meter mounts using a metal disk which sticks to your humidor and a magnetic disk on the back of the humidity gauge.

For the accuracy and affordability, we feel this is the best hygrometer option for ensuring a proper storage environment for your cigars. Though there are no remote reporting or alert options, it’s an extremely accurate and functional option at a low price.

A few users reported issues with calibration, but most raved about the accuracy and reliability. The only other negative we noted among several users was that the screen is not adjustable, and hard to read unless looking at exactly the right angle.

Pros
  • Extremely accurate
  • Affordable
  • Secure magnetic mount
  • Classic design
Cons
  • Display must be read at the right angle or it is hard to read
  • No remote reporting or alert options

4. Best for Home Use: Ambient Weather WS-10-X4 Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer

If you’re interested in monitoring multiple locations within your home, including indoors and outdoors, we recommend the Ambient Weather WS-10-X4 Wireless Thermo-Hygrometer.

This device includes a central indoor console, and four remote sensors, with the ability to connect up to eight sensors in total. The temperature and humidity readings display on the console and each sensor; the console also includes its own sensor. However, the system uses a wireless signal with a limited transmission range (100 feet under most conditions), so the sensors must be within the range of that signal.

With the Ambient Weather WS-10-X4, you’ll get visual and audible alarms on the main console if the temperature or humidity exceeds your pre-set maximum or minimum levels, making it easy to simultaneously and passively monitor conditions throughout your home. For instance, you can place sensors in your attic, humidor, basement, storage room, wine cellar, outside, or other areas of your home, to monitor all of them at once.

The most significant downfall of this home hygrometer is the lack of a companion app to monitor conditions remotely and store data. However, if you’re looking for the best home hygrometer to monitor multiple areas around your house and get alerts when there is a substantial change, this is a top option packed with a lot of value.

Pros
  • Indoor and outdoor compatible
  • Can connect up to eight sensors
  • Alerts when conditions exceed your pre-set maximum or minimum
  • Easy-to-read display with data from all sensors on screen
Cons
  • No remote reporting capabilities
  • No way to see past data
  • Wireless signal has a limited range

5. Cigar Oasis Caliber IV Digital Hygrometer

The Caliber IV by Western Humidor is very similar to the Caliber 4R. The main difference is the type of display: the Caliber IV is a digital display, while the Caliber 4R combines an analog and digital display for a more stylish design.

The specifications and functionality are similar to the 4R with an accuracy rating of ±1% RH and the ability to re-calibrate the sensor. Both hygrometers are highly accurate and perfect for use within your humidor. We did see some user comments about difficulty with calibration. Even though it comes factory-calibrated, we always recommend calibrating a new humidity meter when you receive it to ensure accurate readings.

The Caliber IV is small and slim, and has a secure magnetic mount, making it easy to fit inside your humidor. It measures both temperature and humidity and records three days of high, low, and average measurements. Like the Caliber 4R, our only complaint is the lack of remote monitoring. Regardless, the affordable price and high degree of accuracy makes it one of the best digital hygrometers for humidors.

Pros
  • Cheap humidity meter
  • Highly accurate
  • Small and easy to fit inside any humidor
  • Secure magnetic mount
  • Factory calibrated with the ability to re-calibrate
Cons
  • No remote reporting or alert options

6. Extech 445815 Humidity Meter with Alarm and Remote Probe

If you need a humidity gauge to measure a hard-to-reach area, the Extech 445815 humidity meter with the optional remote probe may be the best device for you.

The Extech 445815 offers a large display showing the current humidity level, temperature, and dew point of the room or area it is in. Like the Ambient Weather WS-10, you can set minimum and maximum humidity numbers, and receive audible and visual alerts when humidity exceeds those levels.

The most unique feature of this sensor is the remote probe, which has an 18-inch cable for measuring behind walls, in ducts, or in other areas that are difficult to access. It also includes a stand for operation on a desk or other flat surface, plus there's a bracket for wall mounting.

​The Extech is also NIST Certifiable to satisfy ISO and other regulatory body requirements for product accuracy and traceability to nationally recognized reference standards.

The humidity meter does not include any remote monitoring capabilities, and the only data storage is a recall of minimum and maximum readings. For its basic functionality, it is a bit pricier, but is a perfect option for professional applications, especially if you require NIST certification or need to measure behind walls, in ducts, or other hard-to-reach areas.

Pros
  • Large, easy-to-read display
  • Measures temperature, humidity, and dew point
  • Includes alerts if humidity surpasses your pre-set levels
  • Stand and wall mount included
  • Remote probe for hard-to-reach areas
  • NIST Certifiable
Cons
  • Less functionality for the price (if you don’t need the remote probe)
  • Data storage is limited to minimum and maximum readings
  • No remote monitoring

7. AcuRite 01083 Pro Accuracy Indoor Temperature and Humidity Monitor

If you’re looking for a basic humidity monitor with first-rate accuracy at an affordable price, this is the option for you. The AcuRite 01083 is accurate to ±0.5°F and ±2% RH. A large display shows humidity and temperature, along with the high and low levels of the past 24 hours. There is also a color-coded humidity level indicator, showing whether humidity levels are too low, too high, or okay. Of course, ideal humidity levels vary depending on the person, location, and use, but the indicator is handy for a simple reference.

The AcuRite 01083 is easy to stand or mount quickly anywhere in your home. It sits upright on a desk or tabletop, is wall-mountable, and includes a magnetic backing.

For the most accurate temperature and humidity readings, this sensor does need to be manually calibrated. However, it comes with step-by-step calibration instructions to make the process as simple as possible. If you only want to measure humidity in one place indoors, without monitoring it remotely, this is one of the best indoor hygrometer options at a great price.

Pros
  • Cheap hygrometer for home use
  • Easy to stand or mount anywhere
  • Easy to read display
Cons
  • No remote monitoring functionality
  • No data storage beyond high and low levels in the past 24 hours and all-time

What is the Best Digital Hygrometer for Humidors?

Hygrometer for cigar humidors

Ideal conditions for a cigar humidor are 70°F and 70% RH. Use a hygrometer to monitor the humidity and temperature in your humidor.

Cigars not stored properly in the correct conditions can dry up, mold, or lose their flavor and aroma, which is why cigars must be stored inside a humidor in a controlled environment. For best flavor and quality, cigars should be stored at a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with a relative humidity level of 68-72%. We recommend the Boveda 72% Humidity Control Packs to maintain the ideal conditions inside your humidor. Many humidors come with a hygrometer, but we find there are often better options if purchased separately.

The Temp Stick may be the best hygrometer for humidor use because you can view the temperature and humidity from just about anywhere, thanks to the built-in WiFi connectivity and the easy-to-use smartphone app. We love this option because you will receive alerts without the need to open your humidor if the temperature or humidity exceeds the trigger levels that you set through the app.

A more affordable yet highly accurate option is the Caliber 4R or Caliber IV. These are the most accurate hygrometers and are designed specifically for use within a humidor, but they do not have the remote monitoring functionality that the Temp Stick possesses.

What is the Most Accurate Hygrometer?

Of all the humidity monitors we analyzed, the Caliber 4R and Caliber IV are the most accurate hygrometer devices. They read within ±1% RH, and the relative humidity range is 20-90%. That means that the Caliber 4R and Caliber IV are accurate within 1% of the actual humidity, surpassing all the other options we reviewed. Even the Temp Stick, our favorite hygrometer, is accurate only to ±4% RH (which still makes it the most accurate among the remote monitors). Both Caliber models come factory-calibrated, but can also be re-calibrated by ±6%.

The ±1% RH accuracy of these two sensors is extremely impressive, especially for an inexpensive, home-use hygrometer. Normally, we would expect to see that kind of accuracy from a laboratory humidity meter, which can cost up to a thousand dollars. If accuracy is paramount to you, then we highly recommend either the Caliber 4R or Caliber IV.


How to Calibrate a Hygrometer

When using a humidity monitor, in all scenarios, the level of accuracy is the most critical factor. Although most hygrometers come factory-calibrated, we always recommend calibrating it yourself when you first receive it to ensure the highest level of accuracy. It's also important to occasionally check and re-calibrate your hygrometer as the measurements from the sensor can drift over time. We recommend using a calibration kit like the Boveda One-Step Hygrometer Calibration Kit to achieve the best results.

The video below shows how to calibrate your hygrometer with the Boveda Calibration Kit.


How to Adjust the Humidity Level in an Enclosed Environment

An accurate indoor hygrometer will measure the humidity in an enclosed environment like a cigar humidor, guitar case, or food storage container—but how do you adjust the humidity level if the conditions aren't suitable?

Introducing the Boveda Humidity Control Packs. The patented technology inside the pack either adds or removes humidity as conditions require, maintaining the specific moisture content engineered into each pack. The Boveda packs are available in relative humidity levels of 49, 58, 62, 65, 69, 72, 75, and 84% and they are accurate to ±1% RH in an airtight environment. Just research the ideal humidity level for your particular application, and choose the appropriate control packs.

How to Adjust the Humidity Level in Your Home

The humidity level in your home is important to monitor and control, both for comfort and health reasons. When humidity is too high, condensation can build up on walls and windows, which can lead to water damage and mold growth. When humidity is too low, irritated sinuses and dry skin are a common problem. Here are some ways to increase humidity in your home and decrease humidity.

Use a humidifier to increase the humidity

Use a humidifier to increase the humidity in your house.

1. Use a Humidifier

A humidifier will raise the level of humidity in your home (or a particular room). They are commonly used during the winter when the air is driest. If you are running your heater as well during the winter, it's even more important to monitor the humidity levels because as you heat up your air, the relative humidity drops and its dryness will become increasingly apparent. We recommend using a large room humidifier to see the full benefits.

2. Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are designed to filter the air and soak up excessive moisture, making them a good way to lower humidity levels in your home. You may want to use a dehumidifier only in certain areas, such as basements or storage spaces, to moderate humidity in these moisture-rich environments.

3. Grow Leafy Plants

If low humidity is a common occurrence in your home, you can address it naturally by growing leafy plants. Water from the plants will evaporate into the air, increasing the humidity.

4. Open Windows

During spring and fall, the easiest way to regulate humidity in your home may be to open some windows. Doing so not only cools off your house, which decreases humidity, but it also takes advantage of the humidity outside to regulate your home's levels.

5. Turn on an Air Conditioner in the Summer

Cooling your home with an air conditioner can not only lower the temperature but also regulate humidity levels in summer. Modern air conditioners remove humidity as part of the cooling process.


Important Considerations When Shopping for a Digital Hygrometer

Finding the best humidity monitor depends on a variety of factors, including the main reason for using the hygrometer, its accuracy, power source, and many more. To choose the best digital humidity meter for your specific needs, keep the following considerations in mind.

Greenhouse requires a hygrometer

A greenhouse is a common application for hygrometers.

Application

Shopping for and deciding on the best humidity gauge largely depends on where you plan to use the device. Are you looking for the best indoor humidity monitor, the best hygrometer for cigars, or a hygrometer for your greenhouse? Below are some common applications for a digital hygrometer.

Home Use

If your digital hygrometer is for basic home use, you may not need the same precision as you would for a cigar humidor. Do consider exactly what your home needs are, including whether you want to monitor multiple rooms simultaneously, where you need to place your humidity gauge, and whether you require remote monitoring and real-time alerts. For instance, you may need a system with multiple sensors for indoors and outdoors or a remote sensor for hard-to-reach areas such as an attic.

If you're mostly interested in the outdoor weather conditions, then a home weather station will be a better instrument for your needs. Take a look at our home weather station reviews to see the top models.

Understanding these factors will ensure you purchase the most accurate hygrometer for your home use, which caters specifically to your individual needs.

Cigar Humidors

A humidity meter is a critical instrument to keep cigars fresh and full of flavor. So you may have different factors to consider to find the best cigar hygrometer. Accuracy is the key here, and we find the hygrometers that come with humidors are often low quality, so it may be worth purchasing a separate high-quality hygrometer to monitor your cigars effectively.

Make sure it is small enough to fit in your humidor, and consider how you will mount the device. Some users find that a mounting mechanism such as a magnetic mount can be beneficial. Determine if you want to invest a little more in a hygrometer with remote monitoring capabilities to monitor the conditions from your smartphone, or if a simpler device is sufficient.

Instrument Cases

A musical instrument is a significant investment, so it’s critical that you protect it properly to prevent warping, cracking, shrinkage, or other costly issues. That’s why experts recommend always storing the instrument in its case. An important factor in keeping your guitar (or other wooden instruments) away from the repair shop is the level of humidity it is stored in, which can be harmful even within the case. Protect the integrity of your guitar by placing a humidity monitor inside the case with a Boveda humidity control pack.

Terrariums

To keep your reptiles healthy and happy, it’s essential that you monitor humidity and temperature levels within your terrarium. Do a little research on your particular pet to understand the ideal temperatures and humidity levels.

When choosing a device, you may want to get a combination thermometer/hygrometer, but make sure it fits your needs for both measurements. For instance, if your pet has a basking area and a cooler area, experts recommend monitoring temperatures in both spots, so you may need two devices.

Greenhouses

To properly care for the plants in your greenhouse, you will want to monitor the conditions to provide the best environment for your plants to thrive. A digital hygrometer will help you control humidity levels, particularly as they change during different seasons or times of the day. There is not one ideal humidity level for a greenhouse, but rather it’s important to understand the correct conditions for your own plants and limit any dramatic changes in the conditions, so they do not suffer adverse effects.

Accuracy

As explained earlier, accuracy is a critical concern in determining the best humidity meter for you. Do you need an extremely precise humidity meter, or will a standard, inexpensive device be sufficient? Be sure to check accuracy ratings and ranges when evaluating your options.

When reading digital hygrometer reviews, look for the ±% RH rating, this is the margin of error that the sensor has. The most accurate humidity sensors on the market have a margin of ±1% RH, but up to ±4% RH or even a little higher is sufficient for many purposes.

Power Source and Battery Life

An important consideration to keep in mind when shopping is the power source and battery life of a device. Is it wireless or does it need to be plugged in? If wireless, what type of batteries are needed and how long is the expected battery life?

Remote Monitoring and Alerts

A highly beneficial function of the top hygrometers is remote monitoring and alerts. In other words, you can monitor your device remotely from an app, and receive alerts if levels exceed your pre-set limits. Our top choice, the Temp Stick, has WiFi connectivity to deliver these remote capabilities. You will pay more for the Temp Stick and other remote temperature monitors, but the functionality is worth the extra cost for the 24/7 monitoring to avoid any expensive and irreparable damage to your property or possessions.

Among the devices that do include remote monitoring, check into the specifics. Can you customize the alerts you receive and can multiple users receive the alerts? How often does the device measure and report readings? These variations can make a big difference in whether or not you'll ultimately be satisfied with your purchase.

Additional Sensor Support

If you need to monitor several locations simultaneously, such as multiple rooms within your home, you'll need a hygrometer that can connect additional sensors to the one system. Consider how many areas you need to monitor, as well as the distance between them, as many devices have a limited range.

User Interface

Consider the user interface of each device when exploring different models. Is the display clear and easy to read? If you (or the intended user) is older or has trouble seeing, will the display be large enough to see? If there is a companion app, is that interface easy to navigate and understand quickly?

Focus on photos of the product, as well as what reviewers say, to get a good idea of the quality of the user interface.

Data Logging

When looking at different options, consider if you need or want to access historical data. Some devices log unlimited data, which may be necessary if you need a historical report of the humidity levels. On the other hand, some hygrometers capture a limited amount of data such as the high and low for the past 24 hours, and some devices have no data storage options at all.

NIST Certification

If you need a particularly precise hygrometer (such as for industrial uses) to satisfy ISO and other regulatory body requirements for product accuracy and traceability, be sure to look for one with a NIST certification, which is a nationally recognized calibration standard.

Price

Of course, the price is always an important consideration when shopping, but it’s vital to evaluate each price in the context of features and accuracy. For instance, a more expensive hygrometer with remote monitoring may be of better value in the long run, in comparison to a small and cheap hygrometer with no smartphone app.


Types of Hygrometers

As you can see from our hygrometer reviews, we mainly focus on electrical or digital hygrometers as they are the most common and advanced models. Learn about the four main types of hygrometers below and how they measure the humidity in the air.

1. Electrical Hygrometers

Electrical hygrometers use either resistance or capacitance to measure humidity. Resistive hygrometers measure the change in resistance as electricity passes through a piece of ceramic substance (more water vapor condenses inside the ceramic as the air becomes moister). Capacitive hygrometers measure the electric charge between two metal plates, which changes as humidity rises.

2. Psychrometers

A psychrometer uses two thermometers (one with a dry bulb and one with a wet bulb). Humidity causes evaporation in the wet bulb, which lowers the temperature. The difference in temperature between the two bulbs is used to calculate the amount of moisture in the air.

3. Dew Point Hygrometers

Dew point hygrometers are the most precise, typically used in areas where even the smallest amount of moisture must be detected. These hygrometers typically contain a polished metal surface. As humidity rises, moisture condenses on the surface, which is used to measure the current humidity.

4. Mechanical Hygrometers

Mechanical hygrometers use an organic substance such as human hair, which contracts and expands as humidity changes. That contraction or expansion causes a needle on the dial to move, indicating the amount of moisture in the air.


Conclusion

Whether you're keeping your home's relative humidity at healthy levels, ensuring proper storage of priceless artwork, or monitoring your cigar humidor—closely tracking the humidity in the air is extremely important. A digital hygrometer can give you a precise reading, so you know exactly when the conditions need to be adjusted.

There are many humidity meters on the market, with a wide variety of features, accuracy, and prices. Some hygrometers are basic devices that measure humidity in one spot. Others may include several sensors to monitor the conditions in multiple areas, and some allow for remote monitoring through an accompanying smartphone app.

Based on our extensive research, the best hygrometers are the Temp Stick, SensorPush and Caliber 4R. In particular, for most applications, we highly recommend the Temp Stick, especially if you need a device for remote monitoring. If you're a cigar enthusiast and require a more affordable and accurate hygrometer for your humidor, then we suggest the Caliber 4R. Don't forget to calibrate your humidity gauge with a calibration kit when you first receive it and re-calibrate it periodically to maintain the accuracy of the readings.


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Excessively dry air in your home can lead to a variety of issues. If you’re suffering from dry skin, sinus congestion, cracked lips or nosebleeds it’s more than likely that the humidity inside your home is too low and you need a humidifier.

A humidifier can increase the moisture in the air and protect you and your family against these common problems. They're particularly useful during the winter months when the humidity naturally drops, and we start cranking up our heating systems which dry out the air even more.

You may know someone that has tried using a humidifier and has been left feeling disappointed or ripped off.

Usually, this is because they have opted for a small portable model that does not have enough power to humidify a sizeable room. You do not want to waste your money on one of these smaller ineffective units!

If you want to make a meaningful impact on the humidity levels in your home, you need a large capacity humidifier designed for large rooms.

With a powerful large capacity humidifier, it’s easy to increase the humidity level at home!

We’ve reviewed and rated the best large room humidifiers that can rapidly increase the moisture in the air and automatically maintain the appropriate humidity level to make your home more comfortable this winter.

Best Large Room Humidifier Reviews

There are a lot of different humidifiers to choose from and knowing which one is best for you can be confusing and overwhelming. Based on research and testing as well as a careful assessment of user reviews, we have put together this comprehensive list of the best humidifiers for large rooms.

1. Best Humidifier for Large Bedrooms: Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier

Coverage Area: 750 square feet
Type: Ultrasonic, Cool, and Warm Mist
Tank Capacity: 6 liters/1.5 gallons
Runtime: Up to 36 hours
Weight: 4.92 pounds
Dimensions: 11.3 x 7 x 10.5 inches

The Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier is the best choice if you need to increase the humidity in a medium to a large sized bedroom.

Stylishly designed so that it fits into modern home decors, this humidifier sports a sizeable 1.5-gallon tank. In practical terms, this means that you can leave the unit running overnight without any need to worry about the water supply running out.

There's also no need to worry about the noise of this unit if you choose to run it while you sleep. It’s a large ultrasonic humidifier that has been engineered for quiet operation. Even when operating at full capacity, the machine emits only 36dB of noise. There is also an option to turn the display off if you have a problem with the brightness of the screen at night.

If there’s such a thing as a luxury humidifier, the Levoit LV600HH would fit the bill. Not only is it reliable, quiet, and well-built, but it also has some extra features to make your life just a little more comfortable.

One of the more useful features on the Levoit LV600HH is the humidistat. It allows you to to set a target humidity level that will be maintained automatically.

You can even operate this unit with the included remote control, so you don't need to get out of bed to adjust the humidity levels in the middle of the night!

The built-in timer and waterless shut-off features also make it easy to ‘set it and forget’ so you can focus on what’s important in life and put daily air care out of your mind.

The unit also comes with an aroma box so you can enjoy the relaxing and healthy benefits of essential oils and therapeutic scents. It’s almost like turning your home into your own personal spa!

Depending on your preference, you can choose between cool mist or warm mist to disperse from the two 360 degree rotating nozzles which can cover an area as large as 280 square feet.

This humidifier is not only easy to use, but it’s also straightforward to clean and refill. The large opening at the bottom of the tank gives you easy access to fill the reservoir and to clean it to prevent any mold.

This is a premium unit that works perfectly in large sized rooms. It’s quiet, reliable, full of great features, and the mist output level can be adjusted with ease. If you want the best humidifier for a large room, we highly recommend the Levoit LV600HH.

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2. Best Humidifier for Large Living Rooms and the Whole House: Essick Air AIRCARE MA1201 Evaporative Humidifier

Coverage Area: 3,600 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 3.6 gallons
Runtime: Up to 36 hours
Weight: 14 pounds
Dimensions: 20.5 x 21.5 x 14.5 inches

The AIRCARE MA1201 is a heavy duty multi-room humidifier that can cover a whopping 3600 square feet. If you need a device that can maintain the optimal level of humidity throughout a large living area or the whole house, this is the ideal choice.

This humidifier features a massive 3.6-gallon tank, which will last for 36 hours of operation. Although this makes the unit quite hefty when full, the wheels on the base of the AIRCARE MA1201 ensure that it is still easy to move around.

With this unit, you have the option of four different fan speeds, with an easy to read digital display that tells you which mode is currently in operation. You can also use this interface to set a target humidity level which the unit will work to maintain.

During the evaporative process, a built-in wick filter adds invisible moisture to your environment as the humidifier moves dry air through the wet filter. The wick filter also traps mineral deposits, so it outputs only fresh air.

While the AIRCARE MA1201 is a very capable humidifier, it is quite large, and it will stand out in your room. You will want to consider ways of hiding it behind other furniture.

Click here to see the powerful Essick Air AIRCARE MA1201 on Amazon


3. Best Budget Option: Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic Humidifier

Coverage Area: 400 square feet
Type: Ultrasonic
Tank Capacity: 1.6 gallons
Runtime: Up to 50 hours
Weight: 4.25 pounds
Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.5 x 7.7 inches

Not everyone has loads of cash to spend on a brand new humidifier. That does not mean you have to go without though!

This high-quality unit by Everlasting Comfort is a great budget-friendly option.

With a 1.6-gallon tank and a high mist output of up to 270ml/hour, this unit is perfect for use throughout the day and night with minimal need for refilling. The Everlasting Comfort ultrasonic humidifier can run for up to 50 hours before it needs to be refilled, which is outstanding.

The 360-degree rotating nozzle disperses water vapor throughout the room quietly and efficiently. In fact, the humidifier is quiet enough to leave on at night without disturbing your sleep.

The Everlasting Comfort humidifier does not require any filters. For the budget conscious user, this is perfect as it reduces the ongoing costs of running the unit. The automatic shut-off feature also helps to ensure the humidifier is not running without water to prevent any damage to the unit.

One particularly interesting feature is the essential oil tray. Using this, you can add a scented oil of your choice which will then be dispersed around the room along with the water vapor.

At the end of the day, this is a reliable budget humidifier for big rooms, but it does lack some of the more advanced controls and features of more expensive units.

Click here to get the budget-friendly Everlasting Comfort Ultrasonic on Amazon


4. Vornado Evap40 Evaporative Humidifier

Coverage Area: 1,000 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 4 gallons
Runtime: Up to 24 hours on high settings
Weight: 9 pounds
Dimensions: 13.5 x 19.5 x 10.5 inches

The Vornado Evap40 evaporative humidifier is an effective way to add extra moisture into the air in your home. It utilizes a unique vortex system of air circulation to boost humidity rapidly and evenly throughout the room. Rather than the typical circulation used by evaporative coolers, this vortex system speeds up the circulation of the air to all corners of the space. With this method, the Evap40 can humidify an impressive 1,000 square feet.

At the highest speed, the 4-gallon tank will run out in 24 hours, but if a lower setting is used the humidifer can last much longer. With such efficiency, it reduces the number of refills required making your life a little easier.

Although there is no digital display, the dials for setting the humidity level and fan speeds are easy to use and very intuitive. You can set the level of humidity you desire, and the unit will shut off once that level is reached.

The humidifier itself is well built and has an eye-catching and unique design. You can immediately tell that this model will stand up to a lot of use and the manufacturer backs their product with a 5-year warranty.

While this is not the most functional unit on the market, for the price and size of the humidifier, the area it can humidify is quite impressive.


5. Essick Air AIRCARE EP9 800 Whole House Pedestal Evaporative Humidifier

Coverage Area: 2,400 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 3.5 gallons
Runtime: Up to 60 hours
Weight: 27 pounds
Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 27.25 inches

The AIRCARE EP9 800 is a whole home humidification solution. Weighing in at a hefty 27 pounds, it can humidify an impressive 2,400 square feet.

Despite the large size and weight, the unit is easy to move due to the inclusion of wheels on the base. The design is stylish, allowing this pedestal humidifier to fit in with your home decor.

With a capacity of 3.5 gallons, the AIRCARE EP9 800 can run for up to 60 hours between tank refills. When you do need to refill the unit, there is an easy to use spout.

You can control this unit with the simple digital display on the front of the humidifier. There is a total of nine fan speeds you can choose from, depending on how large an area you need to cover and how fast you need the air humidified.

On the display panel, you can also specify your desired humidity level. Once this is reached, the unit will shut itself off, conserving energy and water in the storage tank.

Made in the USA this high-quality large capacity humidifier is the perfect choice for increasing the moisture throughout your whole house or large living areas. If you only need to humidify a small space such as a bedroom, then this large unit is probably overkill.


6. Vornado EVDC500 Energy Smart Evaporative Humidifier

Coverage Area: 1,000 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 2 gallons
Runtime: Up to 12 hours on high settings
Weight: 8.9 pounds
Dimensions: 12.2 x 18.9 x 8.1

The Vornado EVDC500 is a very ergonomic and stylishly designed humidifier that can cover an impressive 1000 square feet, despite its small size. Like other Vornado humidifiers, this model utilizes their proprietary ‘vortex’ fan system to humidify all the air in the room quickly.

Where the EVDC500 differs from other models is its focus on energy efficiency thanks to the energy smart DC motor and smart energy saving mode. The manufacturer claims that this model uses 90% less energy compared to a Vornado AC motor-driven humidifier.

With the smart energy saving mode, which is activated by the push of a button, the unit can stay operational but draw as little as 1 watt to keep you comfortable. The humidifier will also shut off when the target humidity is reached and when the water tanks are empty.

The next best feature on this unit is the easy to fill water tanks. While other humidifiers make the refilling process a real chore, the EVDC500 makes this process seamless.

Two separate 1-gallon tanks are on each side of the humidifier and can be taken off for refilling. The large openings on these tanks make refilling and cleaning a breeze.

With a 5-year overall warranty and a 10-year warranty on the electric motor, you can rest assured that this humidifier will last the distance.


7. Vornado EV200 Evaporative Whole Room Humidifier

Coverage Area: 700 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 1.5 gallons
Weight: 6.4 pounds
Dimensions: 10.2 x 18.8 x 9.1 inches

The Vornado EV200 evaporative humidifier is one of the smaller units in the Vornado lineup. It has many of the positive features of the larger models, but only sports a 1.5-gallon tank capacity and is only suitable for spaces up to 700 square feet.

This model also utilizes the unique vortex action to circulate the humidified air through the room. The fan has two speeds that you can alternate between as needed along with auto-humidity control to achieve and maintain your ideal humidity level.

On the highest setting, the EV200 will consume approximately 2.6 gallons per 24 hours. However, on lower settings, this consumption can be reduced.

When it is time to refill, the designers have tried to make the process as painless as possible. This unit uses the same two tank design as other more expensive units in the range.

These tanks can be removed and refilled using the large openings. Many users also appreciate the access these large openings give for cleaning the interior of the reservoirs.

Like other humidifiers in this range, the company offers a lengthy 5-year warranty. This highlights the company's commitment to quality and their unwavering faith in the sturdiness of their products.


8. AIRCARE 831000 Space-Saver Evaporative Humidifier

Coverage Area: 2,700 square feet
Type: Evaporative
Tank Capacity: 6 gallons
Runtime: Up to 70 hours
Weight: 14 pounds
Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.5 x 22.5

The AIRCARE 831000 evaporative humidifier is a heavy-duty unit designed to humidify large spaces up to 2,700 square feet. If you have large rooms, especially in an open plan living layout, this humidifier is an excellent choice.

With the 6-gallon tank, the unit can run for as long as 70 hours when using the most economical setting. This allows you to set it and forget, without the constant worry of having to refill the tank.

The reservoir itself has a wide opening that makes refilling with a jug easy and straightforward. Should you need to move the unit around, it has been made easy due to the caster wheels fitted on the bottom.

You can cycle through the humidity settings and different fan speeds using the control panel on the front of the humidifier. With the adjustable humidistat, you can set your desired humidity level, and the unit will automatically maintain it and shut itself off once the set humidity level is met.

Regarding build quality, this is a sturdy unit. It is built in the USA using quality parts and materials, so you can trust it to keep on working for years to come.

While this may be a great unit if you are looking to humidify your whole home, it may be a bit too heavy duty if you only want to use it in a single room.


What Is the Recommended Level of Humidity Inside Your Home?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has done comprehensive research on the topic and concluded that indoor humidity levels should be kept below 60% and ideally between 30-50% at home.

Humidity levels over 60% encourage the growth of mold, bacteria and dust mites, while levels below 30% can cause other concerns like dry, itchy skin, nosebleeds and sinus irritation.

The more advanced humidifiers have a built-in humidistat which you can use to set your preferred humidity level in your room. It is also a good idea to have a hygrometer as a backup to give you accurate readings of the relative humidity. Click here to see our guide on the best hygrometers to use with your humidifier.

How to Choose the Right Type of Humidifier for a Big Room

There are many different types of humidifiers, and they all have unique pros and cons, which can make choosing the right model for a large room difficult. Every manufacturer also makes big promises, but it can be hard to figure out whether the humidifier will suit your specific needs.

To help you make the right choice, we are going to look at the different types of humidifiers that are available. The following information will help you to understand how they work and which one is best for you.

1. Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifier

Ultrasonic humidifiers are the latest in humidifier technology and can be an excellent choice if you want a model with minimal noise. They work in a way that sounds complicated but is actually quite simple.

Ultrasonic humidifiers create a visible mist by using a high frequency to send vibrations through the water. As the water vibrates, water droplets form, which are then distributed through the room, increasing the moisture in the air.

The main benefit of these units is that they do not need noisy fans to operate. Not only does this save electricity, but it also makes them super quiet which is perfect for use in bedrooms at night.

Some users experience problems with ‘white dust’ when using ultrasonic humidifiers. This residue is a result of the minerals in tap water that are left behind after the mist lands on furniture or others surfaces and dries up.

While the residue is not harmful to most people, it could potentially be problematic for people with asthma or other lung/sinus health conditions. The only real solution to prevent white dust is to use distilled water instead of hard water.

Large ultrasonic humidifiers are a good option, especially when noise needs to be kept to a minimum. However, they are more suited to medium to large-sized bedrooms rather than large living areas or the whole house.

2. Evaporative Humidifiers

Evaporative humidifier mechanism

Evaporative humidifiers are by far the most common type of humidifier amongst the large-sized models. This type of humidifier has been around for a long time and can be particularly useful for larger rooms.

Evaporative humidifiers rely on both a fan, a wick filter and a water reservoir to operate.

The wicks, which are made of a permeable material, pull water up from the storage reservoir. The fan blows dry air into the moist wick, causing the water to evaporate. The purified mist is then circulated around the room, increasing the humidity level.

With this effective and simple system, you can get guaranteed results very quickly, but there are some disadvantages as well.

First of all, the fan can be quite loud on some units, mainly when the highest setting is used. This can disturb your sleep if you wish to keep the humidifier running overnight. In addition to this, the wick filter needs to be replaced approximately every 4-8 weeks which incurs an extra cost and can prove to be an annoying chore.

Despite these negatives, the vast majority of big humidifiers are evaporative as the powerful fan makes them very efficient at humidifying spacious areas. If you are looking to humidify a large living area or even your whole house at a fast pace, then an evaporative humidifier is the best option for you.

3. Whole House Furnace Humidifiers (AKA In-Duct or HVAC Humidifier)

HVAC furnace humidifier

Many people, especially those building new homes or doing extensive renovations are having whole house humidifiers fitted. These humidifiers are installed as a part of the heating/HVAC system and deliver moist air alongside the home's heating or cooling.

These systems can be quite effective and have the benefit of being unobtrusive. However, there are some key reasons why we do not recommend going down this path.

The most significant disadvantages to these systems is that they are expensive and limited by the existing ducting in your home. While the air near the ducts will be humidified, other areas of the room can miss out. At least with portable ultrasonic or evaporative humidifiers, you can move the unit to where it is needed the most.

You will also need to consider the cost of having a furnace humidifier installed by a professional. It is definitely not a cheap option, and the ongoing maintenance can hurt your back pocket.

Warm Mist vs. Cool Mist Humidifier for a Large Room

Warm mist humidifiers work by heating water into steam. The entire process is not only very inefficient, but it can also be unsafe for children.

With hot steam and heating coils, it is possible for children or even adults to be burnt. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against the use of warm mist humidifiers in homes with children.

Despite this, some people do like the warmth that the steam gives. At the end of the day though, the risks and extra costs aren’t worth this small difference as they are no better or worse than humidifying a room compared to an evaporative or cool mist ultrasonic model.

Our top product recommendation, the Levoit LV600HH is a hybrid model that can produce warm and cool mist at levels that can be easily adjusted, giving you the best of both worlds if you desire a warm mist model.

Choosing Your Humidifier Based on Room Size

Now that you have an idea of the best large humidifiers on the market, you face the challenge of selecting the correct one for the size of your house or a particular room. Unless you get a unit suitable for the size of the area you want to humidify, you may be disappointed with the results.

Big living areas require a large humidifier

Before even looking at a humidifier, get an approximate measurement of how many square feet your room is. Then when choosing a model, you can compare your measurements to the capacity of the unit.

As you will have seen in the reviews above, we have listed the coverage area for each recommended unit. These are the guidelines given by the manufacturer. They’ll give you a good indication of what size room the humidifier is best for.

Once you have chosen a suitable humidifier, you need to then look at things such as efficiency, noise level, and portability. There is almost always some kind of trade-off when making this choice.

For example, the most powerful console units are noisy and heavy due to their evaporative cooling process and large water reservoirs, but portable devices can lack the power for large spaces. At the end of the day, only you can decide which humidifier will suit your needs.

The frequency of refilling is also something to consider. The more portable the unit is, the more often you usually need to refill it which can be a bit of a chore. If you plan to run the humidifier for long extended periods, then you may want to look at a larger model that is less portable but has a big water reservoir.

If you need a humidifier for a smaller area, particularly bedrooms, then you should get an ultrasonic humidifier. While they're not as powerful as an evaporative humidifier—the advantage is that they make very little noise which allows you to have an undisturbed sleep through the whole night.

What to Look for When Buying a Large Humidifier

In addition to the considerations outlined above, we have put together a brief list of other important features to look for. As long as you do your research now before you make a purchase, you are guaranteed to be happy with the humidifier you end up choosing.

Ease of Use

First of all, you want a humidifier that is easy to operate. This includes being easy to change settings, move around, clean and refill. The controls should be user-friendly—look for a model with a digital display and remote control for the best experience, such as our top pick the Levoit LV600HH. If you want an evaporative humidifier, then ensure that the wick filter is straightforward and inexpensive to replace.

Variable Speeds

One of the biggest complaints people have about evaporative humidifiers, in particular, is the noise they generate. To help you control this, you should look for humidifiers where you can adjust the intensity of the fans and subsequently the noise level. A humidifier with multiple fan speeds will also help you to increase the humidity across a larger area rapidly when required.

Timer

Another useful feature that you should look for is a timer. A lot of people like to set a timer overnight so that the humidifier runs for a fixed period as they’re sleeping and then shuts itself off automatically.

Humidistat

Humidistats are pretty much a necessity in a modern humidifier. They allow you to set a target humidity level and then the humidifier will automatically shut down or activate as needed to maintain that level.

Waterless Automatic Shut-Off

Choosing a model with waterless automatic shut-off is a great way to ensure maximum efficiency. This function detects when the tank is empty and shuts the unit off, saving electricity and preventing unnecessary wear and tear on the humidifier.

We rated the Levoit LV600HH the best large area humidifier on the market because it has all of these important features and many more.

Why Is Cleaning and Maintaining Your Humidifier so Important?

Before you rush out and buy a humidifier, it's important to understand that you will need to regularly clean it to see the full benefits and to prevent any health hazards. If it is not frequently cleaned, a humidifier can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. The EPA recommends cleaning humidifiers every third day.

Although evaporative models can be very effective, they also require a bit of extra maintenance. The wick filters in the evaporative models need to be replaced approximately every 4-8 weeks to keep the humidifier working efficiently. Many factors affect the life of the wick, including the amount of use and water hardness. You’ll know when it needs to be replaced when the filter becomes hard and is no longer absorbing water properly.

We also recommend using a Bacteriostatic Water Treatment which is specifically designed for evaporative models to prevent the growth of bacteria and algae in the filtration system. This treatment will eliminate any unpleasant odors and maximize your humidifiers effectiveness.

If you choose an ultrasonic model, it is recommended to use distilled water in the tank. Tap water can have a higher mineral content (hard water) and can leave a white residue (white dust) around the area where your humidifier is being used.

Below, we will outline how you should clean a humidifier.

How to Clean Your Humidifier

How to clean your humidifier

Firstly, make sure to turn your humidifier off and unplug it from the wall outlet before starting any cleaning maintenance.

Draining, rinsing and changing the water in the tank before each use is ideal to help eliminate any bacteria that may have started to grow inside the container. Periodically, the tank will need to be wiped down and cleaned with mild detergent and water to remove any buildup of impurities.

Preferably twice a week you should do a deep clean of the base. For this, you can use a diluted vinegar solution to clean the unit and remove any mineral deposits. Then use a diluted chlorine bleach solution to disinfect the humidifier which will prevent any bacteria and mold growth that may occur.

Ultimately, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the humidifier you have purchased.

Which Large Capacity Humidifier Is the Best Choice for Your Home?

Overly dry air inside your home can impact your family’s quality of life. Especially when using heating systems in the winter, the air inside your home can be rapidly stripped of moisture causing several annoying problems—ranging from irritated sinuses to nosebleeds to itchy eyes and long sleepless nights. Fortunately, a humidifier is a simple solution that accurately increases the moisture in the air to combat this age-old problem.

If you have large rooms or a large home with open plan living, you may think it is impossible to humidify the air effectively, but you would be wrong. As you will have seen in the above reviews, there are many models on the market suitable for use in large homes. It is true that some units are substandard and are hard to keep clean, but if you choose the right product by following our recommendations, you will be amazed at how quickly and easily a humidifier can work.

If you’re looking for a full suite of luxury features or a unit for large bedrooms, in particular, we recommend the Levoit LV600HH Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier. Its efficiency, user-friendly controls, and quiet operation make it the perfect choice if you want to leave a humidifier running overnight in your bedroom while you sleep.

If you need a humidifier for large living areas or even a solution for the whole home, then the powerful Essick Air AIRCARE MA1201 Evaporative Humidifier is your best option. With its impressive ability to humidify large spaces for extended periods, thanks to its big tank capacity and evaporative humidifying process, this heavy duty unit will not disappoint.

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Traveling with pets is so much fun and a great way to keep the family together on long road trips in your RV. But of course, there are times when taking your dog or cat with you just isn’t possible, and you have to leave them behind in the RV.

When you leave Fluffy in the RV, you want to be sure that he or she is safe and comfortable. That’s where a pet temperature monitor can help by sending you alerts to your smartphone about changes in temperature, humidity, and loss of power.

With a remote temperature sensor, you will be notified instantly if the air conditioning in your RV breaks down and it’s getting too hot or even too cold. Then you can return immediately to your vehicle to rescue your cat or dog before the temperature reaches dangerous levels.

When it’s only mild and sunny outside, the temperature inside an RV can get surprisingly hot, very quickly—putting your pet’s life at risk. Similarly, even when there is only light snow outside, an RV interior can cool down fast. That’s why having a pet temperature monitor in your RV is essential.

A pet temperature monitor allows you to leave your dog or cat in the RV but still keep tabs on what’s going on while you are away. It sends data about the temperature, humidity, power status and presence of water inside the RV to your smartphone via email, text or a phone call. You set the safe temperature range, and the monitor will alert you when your RV is outside this zone.

WiFi vs. Cellular Pet Temperature Sensors for RVing

There are two main types of RV pet temperature monitors you should consider—those operating on WiFi and those using a cellular network.

WiFi Pet Temperature Monitors

A WiFi pet temperature monitor works by connecting to the Internet via WiFi to send you alerts and relay information. For a WiFi pet temperature monitor to operate effectively, it requires a reliable internet connection. Guest networks at RV parks are notoriously unreliable and sometimes require you to reconnect every couple of hours manually. So, we recommend purchasing a mobile hotspot, such as a Verizon Jetpack to ensure a more consistent connection no matter your location.

After the initial purchase price, the operational costs of a WiFi sensor tends to be cheaper because you do not have to pay cellular data subscription fees, but the mobile hotspot does incur extra charges. The advantage of using a WiFi monitor combined with a mobile hotspot is that you can also connect other devices (e.g., laptops and smartphones) to the hotspot and make use of the internet connection for entertainment or business purposes.

Cellular Pet Temperature Monitors

A cellular pet temperature monitor has its own inbuilt cellular network connection which is usually more reliable than a WiFi connection when on the road. Cellular pet temperature monitors can be more costly to run as they do have subscription fees to maintain the mobile service.

It’s important to remember that even the best RV pet temperature monitors are only machines. They must be used with human common sense. Do not leave your pet inside your RV if temperatures are going to be extreme, even with a monitor. Also, remember that all these RV pet temperature monitoring systems require you to have a working cell phone on hand and for you to be in cellular range to receive alerts.


Best RV Pet Temperature Monitor Reviews

1. Best WiFi Pet Temperature Monitor: Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor

The Temp Stick WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor allows you to set triggers for temperature and humidity levels and it will send alerts to your smartphone by text or email when it detects changes in your RV conditions. The device can monitor temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity between 0% to 100%. You can set alerts, update all your settings and view historical data remotely with the intuitive smartphone app which is built for Android and iPhone.

Made in the USA and built to work in Canada as well, the Temp Stick is not only reliable but it’s simple to use and easy to set up—it only needs 2 AA batteries to operate, and it takes just 3 minutes to set up. The average life expectancy of the batteries is approximately 1 year, depending on how often you configure the sensor to take readings. No messy cords or external power sources needed.

It is also quite small measuring at only 1.42 inches x 1.23 inches x 3.5 inches. The Temp Stick comes in two colors (black and white) and can remain inconspicuous and take up very little space inside your RV.

There are no recurring subscription fees to use the Temp Stick. However, as it requires a reliable WiFi connection to function, you will need a dedicated mobile hotspot in your RV, and this is an extra expense if you don’t already own one. Guest RV park internet networks are not recommended.

The Temp Stick is factory calibrated, and you can also manually calibrate the readings with the offset value settings in the app. The app is very user-friendly, triggers for alerts are easy to set, and all your historical data is automatically saved to the cloud network so you can log in and view the conditions in your RV while you’re away.

You can also add up to 10 contacts to receive alerts under the one account, and you can customize those temperature alerts for specific recipients.

The device can be set up to take readings every 60, 30, 15, 10 or 5 minutes. Unfortunately, as 5 minutes is the shortest interval, it is not an actual real-time reading. Another drawback is that it can’t monitor the power status of your RV, so if your air conditioning stops working due to power loss you will only be notified when the temperature eventually changes. However, the Temp Stick can be set up to inform you if it loses the internet connection.

The Temp Stick comes with a 5-year warranty, and if you need any help, there is phone support from a customer service team that is based in the USA.

For those looking for a WiFi pet temperature monitor that is simple and easy-to-use, the Temp Stick is your best option. It’s affordable as there are no subscription fees, it’s reliable, and thanks to the intuitive smartphone app it’s incredibly user-friendly. Just remember you will need a mobile hotspot (like a Verizon Jetpack) in your RV for the Temp Stick to function.

Click here to check the price of​ our #1 rated WiFi monitor: the Temp Stick on Amazon

Pros
  • Easy to use and quick to set up
  • Compact in size and battery operated
  • Intuitive smartphone app
  • Made in the USA
  • Zero subscription fees
Cons
  • No true real-time reporting. The shortest interval for readings is 5 minutes.
  • Can’t check the power status of your RV
  • Requires a mobile hotspot device

2. Best Cellular Pet Temperature Monitor: MarCELL PRO Cellular Monitoring System with Water Sensor

The MarCELL PRO Cellular Monitoring System allows pet owners to monitor a comprehensive range of conditions inside their RV. It can monitor temperature, humidity, water leaks, and power status and it will send alerts if safe ranges that you set are exceeded via either a text message, phone call or email.

This extensive range of data collection is handy for RV owners because not only will the MarCELL PRO tell you when your ideal temperature or humidity levels have been exceeded, it can also tell you if there is water inside your RV (useful if a pipe bursts, for example) or if your RV has lost power (causing the air conditioning to stop working), so you can immediately return to your RV to rescue your pet before the inside temperature rises to a dangerous level.

The MarCELL PRO boasts an app with an advanced dashboard that has easy to read charts and simple settings to create and modify alerts. The device works by checking all levels within your RV every 10 seconds and reports immediately if an alarm threshold is met. Provided everything is safe, no alert will be triggered. Every half hour this information is recorded, and then the historical data is uploaded to the cloud every 8 hours so you can view it online. This is an upgrade from the standard MarCELL device which only records historical information every 60 minutes.

You can also use one of your 20 free “update now” activations which allows you to see in real-time what is happening inside your RV and view updated historical data without waiting for the next automatic update.

It’s important to note again, that if an alert is triggered because the temperature inside your RV is too hot for your pet or other conditions are beyond your safe ranges, then an alert will be sent instantly and automatically to your mobile device via email, text message or a phone call. Like we said earlier, the MarCELL Pro checks the conditions very close to real-time—every 10 seconds to be exact.

You can make changes to your chosen alert settings remotely, and your alerts can be fully customized. For instance, you can set up a text message alert to be sent to a specific person informing them that your power may have been disconnected and requires addressing. The dashboard system also allows you to allocate multiple users to the account and specify what permissions they have (or don’t have).

The MarCELL PRO uses a built-in cellular connection to operate. There is no need for an existing phone line, WiFi or internet connection. You can choose either the AT&T or Verizon version. Depending on where you plan to take your RV, this allows you the freedom to choose which cell coverage works best with your planned itinerary. If you intend to vacation with your RV in the northern part of the USA or Canada, AT&T is likely to be a better option while Verizon works well for domestic travel within the USA as it offers the most complete coverage nationwide.

Due to the cellular connection, the MarCELL PRO has a small fee to maintain the service each month. The fee can be paid annually at a cheaper rate or month-to-month when required.

The unit is powered by a wall outlet, or you can use your RV’s USB charger port with the included adaptor. It will also function when the power is out thanks to the rechargeable back up battery. The unit comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, 1-year warranty and it has been designed and manufactured in the USA.

The MarCELL PRO is an all-in-one RV monitoring system that can monitor temperature, humidity, power, and water. The device operates independently with a built-in cellular connection, so you don’t need to locate reliable WiFi. There is a monthly fee to maintain the cellular service, and the initial cost of the unit is more expensive than the Temp Stick. However, for pet owners that want complete peace of mind and aren't bothered by the extra fees for reliable protection when leaving their furry friend behind, the MarCELL PRO is hard to beat.

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Pros
  • Real-time monitoring with instant alerts
  • Text, email and phone call alerts
  • Also monitors water leaks and power status
  • Operates on an independent and reliable cellular network
  • A comprehensive dashboard monitoring system
  • Made in the USA
Cons
  • Subscription fees
  • Bulky unit

3. SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer

Compatible with both iPhone and Android, the SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer is a compact remote temperature monitor that measures just 1.57 inches x 1.57 inches x 0.65 inches and weighs only 40g. The SensorPush runs on a CR2477 coin cell battery which typically provides over a year of regular use. The sensing component of the device is created in Switzerland ensuring quality and precision.

Data is taken down at one-minute intervals and alerts are sent out instantly via push notifications. Unfortunately, email and text message alerts are not available just yet. However, the company advises that this functionality is coming soon.

Because the SensorPush is Bluetooth reliant and has a limited range of 100 meters, on its own, it is not practical for RV users who want to leave their pets in their vehicles while doing other activities. You will also need to purchase the SensorPush G1 WiFi Gateway and connect to a mobile hotspot to enable the RV remote monitoring capabilities of this device. When combined with the gateway device you can monitor your RV from anywhere via the Internet and receive real-time updates, full data history and alerts through the SensorPush app while you’re away from your pet. There are no monthly subscription fees to use the SensorPush or the Gateway cloud service, everything is included in the purchase price.

The WiFi Gateway can also connect to an unlimited amount of SensorPush sensors. As the sensors are quite portable and very affordable, you may wish to make use of this extra functionality and purchase multiple sensors at once for your RV—for example, you can use them to monitor the temperature inside your RV’s fridge and freezer as well as your RV cabin all at the same time. Multiple mobile devices (users) can also be logged into the same Gateway cloud account simultaneously to monitor your RV.

The SensorPush app is one of the most user-friendly on the market. It’s very straightforward to connect with the sensors, create alerts and view the data history. However, having to organize the additional WiFi Gateway and a mobile hotspot might be too much of a hassle for some users. If that doesn’t bother you and you’d like to add multiple temperature monitors in your RV, then the SensorPush will be the most cost-effective solution for doing so.

Pros
  • Compact design
  • Affordable and effortless to connect multiple sensors in your RV
  • Data is measured at one-minute intervals
  • No monthly fees
Cons
  • Needs to be paired with the SensorPush G1 WiFi Gateway and a mobile hotspot for RV remote monitoring.
  • Only sends push notifications for alerts. Text message and email notifications are coming soon.

4. RV PetSafety Temperature Monitor

The RV PetSafety Temperature Monitor is a cellular device that has been purpose-built for monitoring pets in RVs. The device will monitor the temperature inside your RV and can send alerts via text, email or in-app notifications when the cabin exceeds the limits you have set. The RV PetSafety monitor can send alerts for temperature, low battery, and loss of cellular connection. It also has a GPS tracker for complete peace of mind when you leave your pet alone in your RV.

The device uses the AT&T and T-Mobile cellular networks for connectivity and is powered by a wall outlet or USB port. It also has a backup battery that will last approximately 24-48 hours if there is a power outage.

Setup is straightforward, and there is even a peel-and-stick mounting bracket system allowing you to attach it to the interior wall of your RV where it is the least intrusive. The included app—which works on both iPhone and Android phones—has a clean and simple design making it easy to create alerts and modify any settings.

Included in the initial cost is a 12-month cellular subscription. After the first year, you can choose to renew the data subscription fees with an annual plan which is better value or the pay as you go monthly plan that unfortunately has a small activation/deactivation fee every time you start and stop the service.

Pros
  • Built-in cellular service
  • GPS tracker
  • Rechargeable battery ensures it remains functioning even without power
  • Clean and simple app design for iPhone and Android
Cons
  • Only measures temperature and not humidity
  • Ongoing cell subscription costs

Conclusion

RV temperature sensors can be extremely useful tools to allow dog and cat owners flexibility when traveling with pets. After reviewing the best RV pet temperature monitors on the market, two models stood out above the rest—the Temp Stick WiFi Temperature and Humidity Sensor and the MarCELL PRO Cellular Monitoring System.

Both devices have user-friendly apps and provide reliable alerts, so whichever one you choose you will be able to spend time away from your furry friend exploring the sights and running errands assured that their comfort is taken care of.

It's important to test your monitor beforehand inside your RV on a warm day WITHOUT your pet to make sure it works correctly. At the same time, make yourself familiar with the alerts and notifications and set them up the way you like.

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Do I Need to Use a Humidifier? 7 Symptoms of Dry Air in Your House https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/do-i-need-to-use-a-humidifier/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/do-i-need-to-use-a-humidifier/#respond Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:06:39 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=3149 Getting zapped every time you touch a metal object at home? Is your skin feeling dry and itchy? Or is your furniture drying out and starting to crack? These are all signs that the humidity level in your home may be too low and you need to use a humidifier.In the colder winter months, we tend to crank up our indoor heating systems which can cause the humidity to plummet. While heating systems increase the temperature and keep us warm, they don’t add any moisture to the air. As a result, humidity levels can drop down as low as 10%,

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Dry and itchy skin is a symptom of dry air at home

Getting zapped every time you touch a metal object at home? Is your skin feeling dry and itchy? Or is your furniture drying out and starting to crack? These are all signs that the humidity level in your home may be too low and you need to use a humidifier.

In the colder winter months, we tend to crank up our indoor heating systems which can cause the humidity to plummet. While heating systems increase the temperature and keep us warm, they don’t add any moisture to the air. As a result, humidity levels can drop down as low as 10%, putting your health and home at risk.

The good news is that there’s an easy way to fix this common wintertime problem. Using a humidifier in your home will add moisture to dry air and help you keep the humidity at a comfortable and healthy level—which experts say is anywhere between 30% to 50%.

We recently compiled a list of the best large room humidifiers on the market to help you stay cozy this winter. But if you’re not sure if you need to use a humidifier just yet, here are some common symptoms of dry indoor air which you might already be experiencing.

7 Symptoms of Dry Air at Home

1. Dry and Itchy Skin

Low humidity can cause dehydrated skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough moisture, it becomes itchy and irritates easily. It can appear flaky, scaly and lead to issues such as eczema or dandruff.

2. Cracked Lips

The skin on your lips can also become dehydrated without enough moisture. Cracked lips can be painful and unsightly and make it uncomfortable to laugh or eat.

3. Scratchy Throat

If your throat feels scratchy, but you aren’t sick, this is a good sign that you might be dehydrated. Sometimes there is only so much water you can drink so another way to avoid dehydration may be to increase the amount of moisture in the air around you.

4. Irritated Sinuses and Nosebleeds

Dehydrated skin on the inside of your nose can also crack leading to nosebleeds. When your sinuses are dry as well, they feel uncomfortable. If your nose is not producing enough mucus to trap bacteria and small particles of dust before they reach your sinuses, you will continue to feel irritated, and it could also increase your risk of colds and infections.

5. Asthma and Allergy Flare-ups

Dry air can contain large amounts of bacteria, dust, pollen, and other allergens to irritate the air passageways. If these are not being caught by the mucus in the nose and throat, allergic reactions may increase. This is particularly concerning for those predisposed to asthma as a restricting of the airways might trigger an asthma attack.

6. An Increase of Static Electricity

Static electricity occurs when electrons move from one surface to another. Dry air is an insulator (which means that it stores up electrons). If there is a lot of dry air in your house, when you walk around you may be building up electrons and will experience an unexpected electric shock every time you touch a conductor (such as a metal surface). This is less likely to happen where there is more humidity in the home.

7. Damage to Wood in Your Home (Floors, Furniture, Musical Instruments)

Wood is an organic material which means it needs moisture to avoid cracking or becoming brittle. If your floorboards or wooden furniture are starting to warp, develop faults or change shape, this could be because of a lack of moisture in the environment.

What Causes Low Humidity?

The humidity naturally starts to drop in winter as cooler air holds less moisture than warmer air. However, it’s not so much the weather outside that’s the issue. It’s when we crank up our heating systems that low humidity starts to become a problem. Our HVAC systems increase the temperature without adding any moisture to the air, causing the relative humidity to dive. The little moisture that exists in your home is quickly sucked up into the air. Moisture also evaporates from your body, leaving your skin, nose, hair, and throat feeling dehydrated.

You might not see any problems early on, but homes suffering from low humidity for a prolonged period will begin to show some of the symptoms we’ve listed above. If you feel like you need to use a humidifier, check the humidity level in your home with a hygrometer (remember anywhere between 30% to 50% relative humidity is ideal). The basic models are very affordable and will do the job just fine.

If dry indoor air has already become problematic, take a look at our blog post on the best ways to humidify your home. We’ve included some low-budget and eco-friendly options in the list. However, the most effective way to combat dry air is to use a large room humidifier.

Fight Dry Air with a Humidifier

Humidifier on at home

A powerful large room humidifier will rapidly add moisture to your home and automatically maintain a healthy level of humidity. Humidifiers do require a fair amount of maintenance, but nothing that is too difficult. You’ll want to change the water in the tank before each use and clean the humidifier itself to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. This shouldn’t take you more than 15 to 20 minutes and can easily be incorporated into your regular household cleaning routine.

Types of Humidifiers

Each type of humidifier has its own distinct advantages. If you want to use a humidifier in a room where noise is a concern, select a cool-mist ultrasonic humidifier. Ultrasonic humidifiers use a near silent vibrating mechanism to produce a fine mist of water vapor, making it an excellent option for your bedroom.

However, ultrasonic humidifiers won’t work as well in larger living areas. Here, you’ll want to select an evaporative humidifier. These models include a powerful fan which circulates humidified air throughout the room. As the fans can be quite loud on high settings, you probably won’t want them running in your bedroom while you sleep.

Finally, there are whole-house furnace humidifiers (also known as HVAC humidifiers). They are installed directly onto your existing HVAC system and deliver moist air through the ducts in your home. While you’ll be able to humidify your entire house efficiently, the biggest drawback here is the price—they’re by far the most expensive option to install.

Final Thoughts

We hope this list of common problems caused by dry indoor air has helped you decide whether you need to use a humidifier this winter. If you’re experiencing any of these dry air symptoms, a humidifier can provide some relief. Remember also to monitor the humidity level with a hygrometer. If it’s reading below 30%, it’s time to buy a humidifier.

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How to Fix a Dry Room: 11 Best Ways to Increase Humidity in Your Home https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/best-ways-to-increase-humidity-in-your-home/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/best-ways-to-increase-humidity-in-your-home/#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:51:53 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=3083 As we transition from fall to winter, the air outside becomes cooler, and naturally, the humidity starts to drop. In our efforts to stay warm and cozy, many of us crank up our HVAC systems which only exacerbates the problem. While our heating system increases the temperature, it doesn’t add any moisture to the air.The result? Relative humidity levels in our homes drop quite low during the wintertime. Any moisture in your home is quickly sucked up into the air, including the moisture that evaporates from your body.It’s not unusual for humidity to fall well below 30%, and with it

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Best ways to add humidity in your home

As we transition from fall to winter, the air outside becomes cooler, and naturally, the humidity starts to drop. In our efforts to stay warm and cozy, many of us crank up our HVAC systems which only exacerbates the problem. While our heating system increases the temperature, it doesn’t add any moisture to the air.

The result? Relative humidity levels in our homes drop quite low during the wintertime. Any moisture in your home is quickly sucked up into the air, including the moisture that evaporates from your body.

It’s not unusual for humidity to fall well below 30%, and with it bring a number of issues, including, dry/itchy skin, nosebleeds, cracked lips, an uncomfortable night’s sleep, and even damage to your home’s woodwork. For those of us that already hate the cold and snow, being surrounded by dry indoor air at home can make winter that much more miserable.

According to the Mayo Clinic, ideally, the humidity levels in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Below this, and you’ll experience the problems we’ve just described. Above that, excess moisture in your home can promote the growth of bacteria, mold and dust mites. We recommend purchasing a digital hygrometer to monitor the relative humidity inside your house.

So, what is the best way to humidify a room and combat dry air? By far the best solution to fix dry indoor air is to use a large humidifier. A humidifier will rapidly increase the moisture in the air and help maintain a comfortable level of humidity. However, both the cost to purchase a humidifier, as well as the increase in electricity costs as a result of its near-continuous operation during the driest periods, may make it too expensive for some.

For that reason, we’ve taken the time to also include alternative Eco and budget-friendly solutions in this list of ways to help raise the humidity levels in your home. Some of our suggestions will only require you to make small adjustments to your regular household routines! Let’s get started.

11 Ways to Add Moisture to Dry Air and Increase Humidity Levels at Home

1. Use a Large Room Humidifier

As we said earlier, the most effective way to humidify your home is by using a large room humidifier.

If you decide to use a humidifier, just make sure to choose a model that is powerful enough to cover the full area of your house or the room where you need to add humidity. Many consumers tend to purchase small models that are incapable of humidifying sizeable rooms and are left feeling dissatisfied with their purchase—don’t make that mistake.

Check out our large room humidifier buying guide for some solid recommendations on what to buy. While pricey, this is always going to be the best option.

Large humidifier mist

2. Air-dry Your Clothes Inside on a Drying Rack

Do you normally use a dryer when doing laundry? Try a drying rack positioned in a room or living area that you need to humidify instead. As your clothes dry, the moisture from them will evaporate into the air, and in turn, raise the humidity levels. Drying racks are very affordable, and they can fold up making them easy to stow away when not in use. It may take a little longer than using a dryer, but remember you will also reduce your electricity bill with this natural solution.

Clothes on a drying rack

3. Add Houseplants to Your Room

Houseplants can help add humidity in your home through a process known as transpiration. Plants absorb water through their roots from the soil, then circulate the moisture through their stems up to their leaves. As the water reaches the leaves, plants will release moisture into the air. Just remember to water the plants frequently or else the process will not occur (and the plants will die!).

Houseplants

4. Leave the Bathroom Door Open When Showering

Yes, we all love our privacy when in the bathroom, but when you’re in the shower, it’s a good idea to leave the bathroom door open if you need to increase the humidity in your house. The moisture from the evaporating water in your hot shower will make its way throughout your home.

Shower running water

5. Leave the Water in the Bathtub and Let it Cool

If you ever take a bath, don’t drain the water right away after getting out. Any remaining heat in the bathwater will still cause some evaporation and add moisture to the air until the water fully cools. You can also try doing this with the kitchen sink if you hand wash dishes. Note: If you have small children, we do not recommend leaving bath water unattended.

Bathtub filled with water

6. Place Dishes of Water Near Heat Sources

Another tried and true method to add some moisture to the air is to place bowls of water (either metal or ceramic) on top of the HVAC registers in your home. The warm air blowing against the bowls will cause the water to heat up and start to evaporate. Depending on how dry your house is and how much heat you’re blasting, you will likely need to replace the water in the bowls about once a week.

Water bowl on HVAC heat register

7. Set Vases of Water on Sunny Windowsills

Don’t have floor HVAC registers, but have large window sills? Place glasses of water on the windows that receive a good deal of sun during the day. Over time the water will heat up and evaporate, however much more slowly than the previous method.

Vase on sunny windowsill

8. Boil Water and Cook on the Stovetop More Often

Most of us use the microwave to heat up water or even cook. By doing so, you’re missing out on a significant source of moisture which works even faster than many of our methods we’ve listed. Also, your food will taste much better too—at least we think so. Same goes for your oven if it can be cooked on either a stovetop or in an oven, use the stovetop instead. Your oven will dry out the air even more, while the stovetop adds moisture.

Potatoes boiling on a stovetop

9. Open the Dishwasher Door and Air-Dry Your Dishes

Dishwashers use a lot of water and a lot of additional energy in the final drying cycle. After the last rinse cycle completes, open the dishwasher door and let your dishes air dry instead, which will not only save energy but add much-needed moisture to the air.

Dishes drying in a dishwasher

10. Relax with an Indoor Fountain

Indoor water fountains aren’t just decorative and relaxing, they can also increase the humidity of the rooms they’re in. Place a fountain in your driest room, and near sources of heat or direct sunlight to promote the evaporation process.

Indoor water fountain

11. Use a Water Spray Bottle

It’s admittedly quite a low-tech solution, but it works. If your house is especially dry, walking around with a water spray bottle might help. Look for spray bottles that are capable of spraying a fine mist. One word of caution: don’t spray too much, as wet surfaces could help promote mold and bacteria growth.

Water spray bottle

As you can see, apart from using a humidifier, there are many natural, low-cost and even free ways to raise the humidity in your home up to much more comfortable levels. However, a large humidifier is going to be the best way to add moisture to dry air and to maintain an ideal level of humidity inside your house. Whatever method you choose, we’re sure that these strategies will help make being indoors during the winter all the more bearable.

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26 Thoughtful Weather-Related Gifts for Weather Geeks & Meteorologists in 2019 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/gifts-for-weather-geeks-and-meteorologists/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/gifts-for-weather-geeks-and-meteorologists/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 03:59:10 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=2888 Finding the perfect gift for the weather geek or meteorologist in your life for Christmas, a birthday, Father's Day or any other special occasion, can sometimes be difficult. Weather enthusiasts are a dedicated bunch and seemingly have just about everything weather-related. So how do you find something they don’t have already? Let us help. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the 26 best gift ideas for weather enthusiasts both young and old. Don’t buy a cheesy mug or personalized shirt—buy a thoughtful and cool weather gift this holiday season.Here Are 26 Meteorology Gift Ideas For Weather Lovers1. Ambient Weather

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Best gifts for weather geeks and meteorologists

Finding the perfect gift for the weather geek or meteorologist in your life for Christmas, a birthday, Father's Day or any other special occasion, can sometimes be difficult. Weather enthusiasts are a dedicated bunch and seemingly have just about everything weather-related. So how do you find something they don’t have already? Let us help.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the 26 best gift ideas for weather enthusiasts both young and old. Don’t buy a cheesy mug or personalized shirt—buy a thoughtful and cool weather gift this holiday season.

Here Are 26 Meteorology Gift Ideas For Weather Lovers

1. Ambient Weather WS-2902A 10-in-1 WiFi Weather Station

The Ambient Weather WS-2902A is currently our favorite home weather station and it's our top pick among weather gifts for enthusiasts. It’s packed with a complete range of instruments to measure weather conditions at home. Also included is comprehensive smart home support (IFTTT, Alexa, Google Home) and user-friendly WiFi connectivity. For the price, this is currently the best value weather station on the market. The WS-2902A is sure to make any amateur weather enthusiast or professional meteorologist very happy this holiday season.


2. AcuRite 02027A1 Indoor Outdoor Thermometer

If a complete home weather station is a bit too much, a great alternative is the AcuRite 02027A Indoor Outdoor Thermometer. A nice additional feature with the 02027A1 which is not always included on other desktop digital thermometers is a barometer and forecaster, which over time will “learn” about your climate. As a result, this increases the accuracy of its forecasts.


3. Midland WR400 Desktop Weather Radio

Another weather gift to consider (if the weather geek in your life doesn’t own one already) is a weather radio. We’ve reviewed the Midland WR400 and can say with certainty that it is one of the top models available on the market. With SAME code support to give you both an audible and visual notification of current weather warnings, these devices are a must-have in severe weather-prone areas.


4. Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Weather Radio

If you need a weather gift idea for the outdoorsy type, the Midland ER310 Emergency Crank Weather Radio is a good choice. This radio features 3 sustainable power sources to recharge the device: a solar panel, a hand crank, and a rechargeable 2600mAh battery. It can also be powered by 6 AA batteries as a backup power solution. The radio itself receives the AM, FM, and weather (WX) bands, and a built-in flashlight may come in handy during power outages.


5. Emergency Survival Kit

If the weather enthusiast in your life likes to be prepared for when disaster strikes, consider an emergency survival kit. The kit we recommend—the Complete Earthquake Bag—includes everything you will need to keep you safe, warm and fed after a severe weather disaster. The smartly-packed bag is complete with food and water, first aid, hygiene kits, shelter, warmth, tools, and off-the-grid light and communication. All of it comes in a waterproof bag with enough supplies for up to three days. Just be sure to select the bag that contains adequate supplies for the whole family (versions are available for one to as many as six people).


6. SensorPush Wireless Thermometer & Hygrometer for iPhone/Android

A great weather gadget gift is the SensorPush wireless thermometer and hygrometer for iPhone and Android smartphones. The sensor connects to a mobile device via Bluetooth for remote monitoring of temperature and humidity. The SensorPush app visualizes the real-time data and offers the capability to set alerts for when the conditions change. You can also add on a SensorPush G1 WiFi Gateway (sold separately) for data and alerts via the Internet.


7. Kestrel 3000 Pocket Weather Meter

Kestrel is undoubtedly the market leader when it comes to handheld weather instruments. The Kestrel 3000 is one of their more budget-minded models, it includes wind, temperature, and humidity sensors. Don’t assume the 3000 is cheaply made though. Kestrel has become known for accuracy and durability across their whole range, and this device gets as good reviews as its far more expensive siblings.


8. AcuRite 02020 Portable Lightning Detector

If you’re looking for a weather gift for dad, AcuRite’s Portable Lightning Detector might be a great option. When it detects a strike, it can alert you via audible, visual, and text-based alerts, as well as give you an idea of how far away the strike was so you can take cover to protect yourself. The portable, weather-resistant design with a no-slip clip for easy attachment to a belt or backpack makes this gadget perfect for boating, fishing, golf, camping, and other outdoor recreational activities.


9. AcuRite 00795A2 Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer

This Galileo Thermometer and Glass Globe Barometer from AcuRite is a great conversation piece and decorative ornament that is both functional and visually pleasing. The Galileo Thermometer works on principles developed by Galileo Galilei. As the temperature changes, the individual floats inside the sealed glass cylinder rise or fall in proportion to their respective density and the density of the surrounding liquid. Each bulb inside the Galileo Thermometer represents a different temperature, the temperature is then determined by reading the metal tag of the lowest floating bulb in the thermometer.


10. Storm Glass

A storm glass is another unique weather-related gift that is best used as a decorative conversation piece. The enclosed glass is filled with a liquid mixture of chemicals that are said to crystallize and change based on differences in temperature and atmospheric pressure which makes it possible to predict the weather several days in advance. We’ll admit we’re not sold on the accuracy either, but it sure makes for an interesting conversation piece.


11. Stratus Precision Rain Gauge

If your daily activities are affected by the rain, or you need a weather gift for a meteorologist who will surely be concerned about accuracy, Stratus Precision’s CoCoRaHS-approved rain gauge is a great gift. These rain gauges have been certified for their high degree of accuracy when it comes to rainfall readings. They are used by the CoCoRaHS network of precipitation observers who supply data to a wide variety of organizations and individuals including the National Weather Service, other meteorologists, emergency managers and city utilities.


12. Hand Painted Gnome Rain Gauge

If accuracy is less of a concern for you and you need a gift for the weather buff who likes to spend some time in the garden, then this Hand Painted Gnome Rain Gauge could be a cool gift. The gnome holds a small rain gauge capable of measuring up to 5” of rainfall. We also like the fact that the tube is plastic rather than glass. Many of these smaller decorative rain gauges use glass tubes which can break easily.


13. Rome Grow Old with Me Sundial

The oldest known instrument for telling the time, a sundial, when set up correctly will give you an estimated time of day based on the sun’s angle which casts a shadow pointing to the time on the sundial itself. With Roman numerals and a cast iron baluster pedestal, the Rome Grow Old with Me Sundial will be an eye-catching display in any garden.


14. The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras

This book tells the story of one of history’s greatest storm chasers Tim Samaras. Unfortunately, Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and team member Carl Young were tragically killed by the 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma tornado. Samaras and his team contributed a great deal to meteorologists' understanding of tornadoes, as well as storm chasing itself. If you're looking to purchase a gift for a weather enthusiast that has any kind of interest in storm chasing, he or she will find this biography a great read.


15. Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey

Weather photography is an art form, and many storm chasers take thousands of pictures over their lifetimes to document their chases. Jim Reed is one of these people, but his book isn’t just a bunch of pictures. Instead, he tells the story of the hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe weather he’s encountered in terms of these event’s larger meaning within our changing climate.


16. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

The hurricane on September 8, 1900, in Galveston, Texas remains the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The hurricane destroyed the town and killed over 6000 people. Even Issac Cline, a resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau in Galveston at the time failed to grasp the true extent of the hurricane that landed on the city that morning. How did the hurricane strike without adequate warning? And why didn't the newly formed U.S Weather Bureau take this storm seriously? That is the main theme of this non-fiction thriller from author Erik Larson.


17. Weather Guide 2019 Wall Calendar

Calendars make great stocking stuffer gifts at Christmas time. The Weather Guide 2019 Wall Calendar features 52 pages of stunning weather photography and historical weather events, along with all major public and culturally important holidays. We’d recommend purchasing the Weather Guide Calendar in addition to one of the other gifts recommended in this list.


18. Storm Chasers: Greatest Storms DVD

Dr. Josh Wurman and his team of extreme storm chasers Reed Timmer, Joel Taylor, and IMAX Filmmaker Sean Casey describe their most dangerous and exciting moments over the years in this special feature event from the Discovery Channel reality TV series.


Weather Gifts and Toys for Kids

If you’re looking for a toy or gift for younger science-loving kids and couldn’t find something in the list above try these weather-related gifts and toys for kids.

19. 4M KidzLabs Weather Lab Science Kit

While it obviously won’t have the accuracy of the professional home weather stations for adults, 4M’s weather station kit is a great way to introduce kids aged 8-15 to meteorology. It includes a functional wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer, and a rain gauge. The kit also includes instructions to perform a variety of weather-related science experiments.

Recommended Age: 8 and up


20. 4M KidzLabs Tornado Maker Science Kit

Another cool weather gift for kids is the 4M Tornado Maker Science Kit. It comes with everything necessary to transform a recycled soda bottle into a tornado maker. It does require a bit of assembly so this would be a project that is best done with adult supervision.

Recommended Age: 8 and up


21. Discovery Kids Extreme Weather

The Discovery Kids Extreme Weather Kit gives you everything you need to create your own artificial snow, a tornado vortex, an erupting volcano, and even a solar oven. Some of these experiments may make quite the mess, so again we’d recommend you do these experiments with your kids!

Recommended Age: 12-18 years


22. Backyard Safari Storm Chaser Weather Pod

Another neat weather-related gift for kids is the Backyard Safari Storm Chaser Weather Pod. Think of it as essentially a portable weather station for kids. It includes a wind vane, anemometer, thermometer and rain gauge, and consists of a collapsible three leg stand so it can be placed just about anywhere. Also included are a small field guide and a storm chaser patch.

Recommended Age: 5-12 years


23. Learning Resources Weather Tracker

The Weather Tracker could potentially be a great present for young aspiring meteorologists, an elementary school teacher or a science educator. Students and weather enthusiasts can track daily weather observations and create their own weather maps using dry erase markers, and vinyl cling weather symbols.

Recommended Age: 8-13 years


24. The Everything KIDS' Weather Book

Most weather science books are written at a level which may make them hard to understand for children. The Everything KIDS’ Weather Book tries to address that and does it well. It describes in easy to understand terms how the weather works and what causes it. The book was written by a renowned television meteorologist in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Joe Snedeker.

Recommended Age: 7-12 years


25. The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting

If your child shows an interest in learning how to forecast the weather, we’d suggest this book. Written by meteorologist Mark Breen, it explains the basics of how the weather works, and how to use what you observe to predict future conditions.

Recommended Age: 7-11 years


26. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Weather

For younger kids who are in preschool up to grade 3, the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Weather is the best educational weather book. Like the other books we’ve suggested, it explains the basics of meteorology in simple and easy to understand terms, but where this book is better than the rest is in the photography. Scientific facts and explanations are accompanied by 100 colorful photos that will be sure to capture the attention of a curious young mind.

Recommended Age: 4-8 years


We hope this list has helped you find the perfect present for the weather geek in your life. If you’ve bought a weather-related gift in the past which was well received or if you have a gift idea that you think we should add, please let us know about it in the comments.

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What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane, Tropical Storm and Tropical Depression? https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/difference-between-a-hurricane-tropical-storm-and-tropical-depression/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/difference-between-a-hurricane-tropical-storm-and-tropical-depression/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 06:32:54 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=2863 Satellite image of Hurricane Florence moving closer to the coast of the Southeastern U.S. on September 12, 2018.(Image Credit: NOAA)Hurricanes are ferocious storms that cause widespread damage and devastation when they strike land. A hurricane doesn’t just emerge out of thin air. Instead, it goes through a process of development, with each stage having a different name. Some tropical disturbances never become hurricanes, but they still can cause a significant amount of damage in their own right.What are these different terms used by meteorologists, and what do they mean? Here’s a list of the most commonly used terms you’ll need

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Satellite image of Hurricane Florence moving closer to the coast of the Southeastern U.S. on September 12, 2018.
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Hurricanes are ferocious storms that cause widespread damage and devastation when they strike land. A hurricane doesn’t just emerge out of thin air. Instead, it goes through a process of development, with each stage having a different name. Some tropical disturbances never become hurricanes, but they still can cause a significant amount of damage in their own right.

What are these different terms used by meteorologists, and what do they mean? Here’s a list of the most commonly used terms you’ll need to know.

What Is a Tropical Disturbance?

A tropical disturbance (or tropical wave) is an initially disorganized area of low pressure. Often there are no clear signs of rotation. Although, when a disturbance gets better organized, it may begin to show signs of rotation as it starts to form into a tropical depression.

As we said earlier, not every disturbance in the tropics forms into a depression. In reality, only a small percentage do. Winds are not typically that powerful in a tropical disturbance. Normally sustained winds will be less than 30mph or so. However, rainfall may be extreme in some cases, leading to flooding in affected areas if it passes over land.

In special cases where a tropical disturbance may affect land, the National Hurricane Center has recently started to issue advisories to warn the public much like they already have done for tropical depressions, storms, and hurricanes. This gives those that may potentially be in harms way more time to prepare.

What Is a Tropical Depression?

When a tropical disturbance becomes organized enough and has clear rotation with maximum sustained winds below 39mph, it is classified as a tropical depression. Most tropical depressions have maximum sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph, although they may often gust to tropical storm force. Like tropical disturbances, depressions can produce extreme amounts of rain, and the strongest winds may be enough to uproot trees from the saturated ground.

What Is a Tropical Storm?

As a tropical depression becomes even more organized and its circulation tightens up, its winds will also begin to increase. Once it has sustained winds at or above 39mph and no higher than 73mph, it is upgraded to a tropical storm. Tropical storm status is when a storm is given a name. The major ocean basins around the world have their own list of names to be used each year.

With the stronger winds and heavier rainfall, tropical storms typically produce both wind and water damage. While there will be a good deal of flooding inland, the wind can also cause minor coastal flooding too as sea water is pushed onshore. The tropical storm’s tighter circulation also provides some degree of spin for the individual thunderstorms that make up these systems, increasing the chances for tornadic activity, causing even more severe damage.

What Is a Hurricane?

Tropical storms that continue to organize and develop will soon produce sustained winds at 74mph, and often far higher. When this occurs, a tropical storm is upgraded to a hurricane. On satellite, the hurricane’s appearance is distinct—the clouds clearly move in a circular fashion, and in stronger hurricanes take on a buzzsaw-like appearance with a circular area at the center with no clouds and calm winds called the “eye.”

The threat from a hurricane is threefold: wind, rain, and storm surge. Winds in hurricanes are severe enough in most cases to cause significant structural damage, especially to less robust structures like patios, awnings, roofs, and mobile homes. Tornadic activity becomes much more common in the strongest rain bands, which only exacerbates the damage. Rain from hurricanes can total upwards of a foot or more depending on the forward speed of the hurricane itself.

Perhaps most dangerous of all is the storm surge. The hurricane’s strong winds blow across the sea surface, building up massive waves that push water inland. The combination of the force of the water being pushed onshore combined with the ferocious winds will rip apart coastal structures, making these areas some of the most dangerous places to be in a hurricane.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Hurricanes in the United States are classified by the speed of their sustained winds on a scale known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The classification aims to help the public understand more clearly the potential and the severity of destruction from a hurricane. Storms are rated from Category 1 to 5, with anything Category 3 or higher considered a “major hurricane.”

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

While not a perfect match for every hurricane as it does not take rain or storm surge into consideration, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has still shown over time to be a reasonably accurate predictor of the type of damage to expect and it is straightforward and easy to understand.

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What Country Has the Most Tornadoes in the World? https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/what-country-has-the-most-tornadoes/ https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/what-country-has-the-most-tornadoes/#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 07:12:30 +0000 https://www.weatherstationadvisor.com/?p=2854 Tornado in Colorado, USA. The United States has more tornadoes each year than any other country in the world.Tornadoes stand alone as the most destructive form of severe weather on the planet. They are a violent funnel of rapidly rotating air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The winds within a tornado regularly reach in excess of 100 mph (and in the strongest well above 200mph), a feat rarely replicated even in the worst severe thunderstorms.Luckily, your chances of getting caught in a tornado are pretty low. Tornadoes are typically small, often less than a few hundred yards across,

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Tornado in Colorado, USA.
The United States has more tornadoes each year than any other country in the world.

Tornadoes stand alone as the most destructive form of severe weather on the planet. They are a violent funnel of rapidly rotating air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The winds within a tornado regularly reach in excess of 100 mph (and in the strongest well above 200mph), a feat rarely replicated even in the worst severe thunderstorms.

Luckily, your chances of getting caught in a tornado are pretty low. Tornadoes are typically small, often less than a few hundred yards across, and it takes a particular set of conditions to trigger their development. This said, there are certain countries (and especially certain regions within these countries) where conditions are favorable more often for tornado development.

Your best bet if you’re looking to see a twister comes in the United States and Canada, which collectively account for three-quarters of the world’s tornadoes! But there are a few other “hot spots” around the world that deserve mention, including a few that actually might surprise you. So where are tornadoes most common? Keep reading.

1. United States

At well north of 1,200 tornadoes annually most years, the US by far has the most tornadoes in the world. While tornadoes develop almost anytime and anywhere year-round, they most commonly occur in the Midwest and Southeast, especially in the late Spring and early Summer. However, the strongest tornadoes are most likely to occur in the Southern Plains. The deadliest tornado in US history was the Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925, which killed 695 people in Missouri (11), Illinois (613), and Indiana (71).

2. Canada

While Canada is larger than the United States in terms of land area, it only has a tenth of the number of tornadoes that the US has. Even with such a wide disparity, this is good enough for second overall. Most of its tornadoes happen in three of its provinces—Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario but the strongest tornado in the country’s history, an F5, occurred in Elie, Manitoba on June 22nd, 2007.

3. England

The third country on our list might surprise you, but England actually has more tornadoes per square mile than any other country in the world. An average of 34 tornadoes strike the country per year, which works out at 2.2 per 10,000km sq. You’ll typically find most of England’s twisters in the Thames Valley, close to the cities of Reading and London.

4. New Zealand

New Zealand is another small country with a large number of tornadoes given its size with an average of about 20 per year. However, a majority of its twisters occur on the country’s northern Island, home to the capital Auckland. In fact, Auckland itself has been hit by deadly tornadoes, including one in Albany in 2011 that killed one person and injured 16 others and in Hobsonville in 2012 which killed three people.

5. Japan

Yet another island nation with a significant number of tornadoes given its size is Japan. As with New Zealand, the country averages about 20 tornadoes annually. But what is different about Japan from the other places is it’s fairly new to the list. Whether by natural cycle or changes in the Earth’s climate, the number of tornadoes—known as tatsumaki here—are increasing in number.

6. Australia

While many think of just the Outback when Australia comes to mind, portions of its coasts are actually quite temperate, and stormy too. Many of the country’s 16 or so tornadoes that occur every year happen in the southwestern portion of the country, and a few of its tornadoes begin as waterspouts, which are common.

7. India

India’s monsoon season can sometimes produce tornadic activity, especially in the eastern part of the country. Its strongest tornado occurred in April 1963 in Assam, killing more than 100. While the Assam tornado was quite devastating, many of the stronger tornadoes occur in Bangladesh, the country to the east.

8. Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s generally flat topography and climate make it ripe for tornadic activity. Making matters worse, the commonly poor construction of homes in a significant portion of the country make tornadoes all the more dangerous. In 1964, a tornado in the Khulna Division killed 500, and on April 26, 1989, the Daulatpur–Saturia, Bangladesh tornado which occurred in the Manikganj District, killed more than 1,300 and injured 12,000, making it the single deadliest tornado in the world.

9. South Africa

Much of the African continent does not see tornadic activity, but portions of South Africa are no stranger to their wrath. In fact, former leader Nelson Mandela nearly lost his life in a tornado on the Eastern Cape in December 1998, where he reportedly was protected by his bodyguards who piled on top of him as he took cover on the floor of a local pharmacy.

10. Argentina

South America’s tornado hotspot is Argentina. While only about seven or so tornadoes hit the country every year, the tornadoes that do happen can be quite strong. Its strongest tornado (and the strongest in the Southern Hemisphere) to date is an F5 that moved through the small town of San Justo on 10 January 1973. At 300 yards wide, it damaged nearly 500 homes and killed 63, injuring 350 others.

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