We will explain to you how to properly maintain your humidor in your environment
Cigar humidors are used to keep cigars in perfect condition. For them to fulfill their function, they have to have a humidity of around 70% and a temperature around 18 degrees Celsius. The temperature and humidity of the environment in which you live can greatly influence these values. Therefore, the humidor will have to be adjusted appropriately depending on the climate in which we live.
Here we give you six tips to adjust your humidor to the ideal parameters and keep the cigars fresh with all their distinctive aromas and characteristics:
- If your home is in a hot and dry climate, especially if continuous use of air conditioning is necessary, your humidification device (sponge or electronic) must be replenished with distilled water more often and more care must be taken with this. This control and maintenance must be carried out every day of the week. Not only does heat wreak havoc on the humidification process, but air conditioning dries the room and absorbs moisture from the room as it cools. So, watch out for the humidifier.
- On the contrary, if your home is in a very humid climate and you don’t often use air conditioning, it is possible that even in the summer, it is not necessary to replenish the distilled water very frequently. In this case, you have to be careful so that the humidity in the humidor does not rise too high. Like low humidity, excess humidity can ruin cigars and promote the appearance of the tobacco beetle. If the humidity is above 80%, don’t be afraid to open the humidor and let it drop to 65 or 68%.
- If you live in an area with very cold temperatures, you should also stay alert to the humidity levels, since the cold naturally lowers the humidity. Thus, as the temperature decreases, it may be necessary to increase the humidity of the humidor. To really know how it is performing, it is best to check the condition of the cigars and check the hygrometer.
- Above all advice, you must follow your initiative and use your common sense. A humidifier should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. It is also not good that direct sunlight falls on the humidor. It is not advisable to put it on a radiator or on (or under) an air conditioner. Avoiding all this will help you keep the humidity and temperature levels of your humidor within the recommended values and make it easier to maintain.
- If you live in an area with very drastic seasons, such as very cold in winter and very hot in summer with sudden changes in humidity, unfortunately you have a little bit more work to do. You will have to be attentive to these changes and regularly check the maintenance of the humidor. You should replenish the humidor with more or less distilled water, as appropriate. This also depends on the type of humidification you have in your humidor.
- Regardless of the season of the year, the cold, heat, dryness or humidity of the environment, it is good practice to allow your humidor to get some fresh air on the inside from time to time. Simply do this by opening it and ventilating it to regenerate the air. It will come in handy for your cigars.