Working on our humidity

My brother Bruce likes to travel the US with just a backpack and his favorite guitar. He is a stereotypical hippie and never brings any possessions with him. But, Bruce does have quite an extensive guitar collection. When he travels around he only brings a single guitar though, but since he has no permanent house I got stuck housing all of his guitars. I have so many of his guitars that I had to put them in their own room; I bought stands, built wall mounts, and I clean them thoroughly. I have to admit I kind of enjoy them. I researched ways to store them better and then found some sad news, apparently the air quality in my house can affect certain instruments. The sound can become off and the wood could be damaged. If you have too much moisture in your ambient air, the wood stinks and it ruins the shape of the instrument. If your ambient air is too dry, the wood will split and crack. Since I was studying these articles, I bought both a dehumidifier and humidifier for my brother’s guitar room. The last thing I want is Bruce coming back to ruined guitars. I use the dehumidifier in the summer with my A/C plan to get rid of the moisture. In the winter season, I use the gas furnace and humidifier in tandem to protect the instruments from cracking. It was very high-priced investing in two air quality products, but it’s totally worth it. I feel better knowing my brother’s guitars are safe and not going to be destroyed due to my air quality at home.

dehumidifier