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1. Humidity can be hard to get a handle on, and it isn't just a pain when you're trying to style your hair. Humidity, along with temperature, plays an important role in agriculture in many areas. Hygrometers provide an easy way to measure relative humidity in the surrounding environment.


2. Because temperature and humidity often go hand in hand, many weather stations offer dual hygrometers and thermometers. While temperature is measured in degrees, humidity, which is the amount of the vapor content in the air, is expressed as a percentage.


3. High humidity can have a big impact on weather, as it's often associated with snow, rainfall or brewing clouds. The ideal humidity for humans is roughly 30 - 50% in the winter and around 40 - 60% in the summer.


4. Before purchasing a hygrometer, decide if you want to go the digital route or if analog is more your style. Knowing what you're looking for will help you make sense of the pros and cons associated with each style.


5. If you're in the market for a simpler model, go with an analog hygrometer. Analogslook similar to a wall-mounted clock, and make it easy to read both temperature and humidity. If you're only interested in checking humidity levels, an inexpensive analog hygrometer will get the job done.


6. Like many other weather-prediction devices, hygrometers can also act as an interesting decorative accent. If you're looking for something to create visual interest or add a unique touch to a garden setting, go with an analog hygrometer.


7. Digital hygrometers are popular simply because they're easy to read and interpret. Digital models are small, lightweight, and wireless, making them extremely easy to use.


8. Digital hygrometers can serve as multipurpose weather devices. Many come with other functions in addition to humidity measuring, including a barometer, time and date functions, and weather forecasting abilities. If you're looking for a multipurpose device, be sure to choose a model that includes these features.


9. Hygrometers use three common types of sensing mechanisms to determine humidity levels. Choose between a hair hygrometer, which uses human or animal hair under tension, an electronic hygrometer, which uses carbon-coated plating, or an infrared hygrometer, which utilizes an infrared sensor.


10. You can go as high-tech or low-tech as you want with your hygrometer. Our selection ranges from decorative indoor weather stations to digitals with full digital readout, complete with memory and alarms.


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