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AcuRite 00613 Humidity Monitor with Indoor Thermometer, Digital Hygrometer and Humidity Gauge Indicator
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- Measures indoor temperature (Fahrenheit or Celsius) and humidity
- Humidity level icon indicates high, low, or ideal indoor conditions
- Daily high and low temperature and humidity records. For high/low records-The high and low readings displayed will always be within a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 36 hours
- Totally wireless tabletop and magnet-mountable design. Powered by (1) AA battery (not included)
- Includes limited 1 year warranty as well as access to our knowledgeable US-based customer service team
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Digital Thermometer/Hygrometer Features
Simple Humidity Level Indicator
Check indoor comfort and humidity conditions at a glance with the humidity level icon. It easily indicates high, low, or ideal indoor conditions.
High and Low Records
The digital thermometer-hygrometer displays the high and low temperature and humidity readings measured over the past 24-36 hours.
Multiple Mounting Options
The monitor features a fold-out stand, clip, and magnetic backing for mounting options, providing the best thermometer and hygrometer readings for any room.
Indoor Temperature and Humidity Monitoring
Maintaining ideal humidity levels for your rooms has significant skin, allergen and other health benefits by preventing the growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites, and other asthma-inducing agents in your home.
The AcuRite Digital Temperature and Humidity Monitor allows you to quickly and easily check comfort conditions with professional-level humidity and temperature sensors. The home comfort icon conveys whether humidity levels are too low, too high, or ideal based on Relative Humidity (RH) readings so you can adjust room humidity levels to protect your possessions and improve room comfort.
It's more than accurate, it's AcuRite.
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|Temperature Range||32° to 122° F; 0° to 50° C||-4° to 158° F; -20° to 70° F||-4° to 158° F; -20° to 70° F|
|Temperature Accuracy||+/- 2° F||+/- 0.5° F||+/- 0.5° F|
|Humidity Range||16% to 98% RH||1% to 99% RH||1% to 99% RH|
|Humidity Accuracy||+/- 3%, from 21% to 80% RH||+/- 2% RH||+/- 2% RH|
|Frequency of Readings||15 seconds||10 seconds||10 seconds|
|High/Low Records||24 hours||24 hours, all-time||24 hours, all-time|
|High/Low Humidity Alarm||✔|
|Mounting Options||Fold-out table stand, mounting clip, magnetic back||Tabletop design, wall hanging hole, magnetic back||Table stand, wall hanging hole, magnetic back|
|Dimensions||3" H x 2.5" W x 1.3" D||3" H x 2.5" W x 0.9" D||4" H x 3.75" W x 1.25" D|
The AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor provides all the home comfort information you need, at a glance. Featuring a precision indoor thermometer and hygrometer, and an easy-to-read LCD display, it shows current indoor humidity and temperature, plus daily high and low records. A handy home comfort icon makes it effortless to tell if your indoor humidity is too high, too low, or "OK." Multiple mounting options include a convenient clip, magnets for attaching to a metal surface like a refrigerator, or you can stand it upright on a tabletop. Limited one-year warranty. It's more than accurate, it's AcuRite.
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The procedures I used to do a comprehensive calibration are given below.
Using these two saturated solutions, my measurements on the AcuRite I bought showed that for temperature from 39 deg F to 79 deg F and for relative humidity from 29% to 75% , the max error is 3% off in humidity occurred at very low temperature (39 deg F) (i.e 37%RH is actually 40%) and near room temperature, the error is only 1%RH. (Lucky me!)
Actually, the AcuRite is both a digital humidity monitor (hygrometer) and a digital thermometer. The AcuRite I tested is surprising accurate over a practical range of temperatures and a practical range of relative humidity values (see details given below). The temperature reading is also quite accurate. It is very desirable to have a high accuracy humidity monitor and thermometer for use at home. In the summer, a high humidity house is uncomfortable. Worse yet, a humid basement smells foul allowing mold to grow and humid closets cause clothes to smell bad - a nightmare for many housewives. Knowing accurately the humidity allows one to take measure to lower it. With seemingly high accuracy, the AcuRite is surprisingly cheap.
The comfortable relative humidly(RH) range to human body is recommended to be a region around 45%. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE) recommends:
---RH ---------temperature ---- season
30- 60%----- 68-75degF -------winter
30- 60%----- 73-79degF ------summer
"Elevated relative humidity can promote the growth of mold, bacteria, and dust mites, which can aggravate allergies and asthma" and "Relative humidity levels above 70% may lead to the development of condensation on surfaces and within the interior of equipment and building structures. Left alone, these areas may develop mould and fungi." Typically, room temperature is set at 70degF. Also I preferred a RH of 50%. At 45%RH, I feel dry and my skin starts to wrinkle.
Sodium Chloride saturated solution is commonly used to calibrate a hygrometer (humidity monitor) at room temperature (70 deg F) which should give 75%RH. Thus the hygrometer needs to be calibrated again with another source with lower RH, such as Calcium Chloride (31.5% RH at 70 deg F) or Magnesium Chloride (33%RH at 70 deg F). If the hygrometer agrees with one of these values then one can assume it is accurate around 50% RH. If the hygrometer is used only at room temperature, it only needs to be calibrated by two saturated solutions (for example sodium chloride and calcium chloride). However, I have calibrated from 39 to 79 deg F.
Table salt (sodium chloride) and driveway ice melt (calcium chloride) provide an inexpensive and convenient way to calibrate (or check accuracy) of a hygrometer over a range of temperatures and humidity values. I have calibrated my AcuRite unit by using sodium chloride and calcium chloride saturated solutions, each of which was placed in a ziplock bag together with the AcuRite.
An accurate hygrometer is expensive and bulky and I was surprised at the seemingly high humidity accuracy of the Acurite which I purchased from Amazon. The attractive features of the AcuRite are: seemingly very accurate humidity and temperature readings across a useful range of humidities and temperatures(see calibrations given below), records the max and min humidity and temperature occurred within 24 hr interval and low cost. Also the display font for humidity is large enough for convenient viewing. These features are not expected from a $10 device.
Calibration using saturated table salt (sodium chloride) solution
Calibration is based on published measurements of equilibrium relative humidity(RH) vs temperatures above saturated salt solution by scientist(s). I will use these published RH values as standard. For table salt saturated solution, the published RHs, given below, surprisingly are almost a constant from 32 to 104 degF(the measurement increment was 5 degC).
Temp (deg F) RH(%)
I found that there was no different from using table salt with and without iodine. So I used the former. I also found that salt slurry did not work well. I sealed the AcuRite and two plastic cups in a ziplock bag which was further sealed by Scott tape. Each cup has at least 1/8 inch of undissolved salt (at the highest temperature of measurement) with at least 1/8 inch of water above it. Each deg F change can cause 3% change in RH. Since the AcuRite with battery is a big thermal mass, I made sure that for each measurement, the temperature and RH were stable for at least 1/2 hr, a condition which turned out to be most difficult to meet. Measurement results are given below. I found that for temperature, the AcuRite seems to be about 1 deg F higher than another temperature meter which has fractional deg F. However, I will use the temperature displayed by the AcuRite. Low temperature measurements were taken in a refrigerator. It took about one week to do all the measurements.
Temp (deg F) RH(%, measured) RH(%, from standard) Error(%)
41 74 76 -2
72 75 75 0
75 77 75 +2
77 76 75 +1
88 77 75 +2
90 76 75 +1
From the above table, at room temperature of 72 deg, the error is zero and from 41 to 90 deg F, the max error is 2%RH. I would say this is quite acceptable for home use. Next, I checked if the humidity is linear over a range of RH values and a range of temperatures by using another saturated salt solution.
Calibration using saturated calcium chloride (CaCl2) solution at low humidity
A better and purer source for calibration at low humidly is magnesium chloride. Over its saturated solution, the RH is 33% over practical temperature range. Pure Magnesium Chloride is available from amazon or ebay sellers. Another good source to use is Potassium Carbonate which another reviewer in this forum had used and which is also available from amazon or ebay. The equilibrium RH is 43% from 0 to 30 degC. However, I didn't want to spend the money and trouble to get them.
I found that I have some Prestone Driveway Heat ice melter (available from Home Depot and Lowes) which turned out to be Calcium Chloride. But the purity of the source was unknown and this would cast doubt on the results. From the internet, I found that the published equilibrium relative humidity(RH) vs temperatures above saturated calsium chloride solution are:
Temp (deg F) 41 50 59 68 77
RH(%) 40.0. 38.0. 35.0. 32.0 29.5
RH vs temp seems to be linear and the slope is bout -0.3%RH per deg F
My measurement results are:
Temp (deg F) RH(%, measured) RH(%, from standard) Error(%)
39 37 ~40 -3
79 28 ~29 -1
Thus at each temperature, there are now two data points.
If the calcium chloride measurements were believable due to the unknown purity of the calcium chloride source, then the linearity of the humidity of Acurite over a temperature range from 39 to 79 deg F and over a humidity range from 29% to 75% is quite good for home use as the max error is less than 3%RH occurred at 39 deg F, which is too low for normal use. Near Room temperature , however, the error is about 1%RH, which is remarkably small.
I believe that the humidity detector is polymer on a capacitor. Capacitor is a linear device and should response linearly to humidity absorbed. Thus for each temperature if two measured data points agreed with published data by other scientists, then it is sufficient to determine the accuracy and linearity at that temperature. I have verified the data agreement from 39 to 79 deg F. (Note that the calcium chloride purity is questionable. But the measured data did agree with published values.) Thus, within this temperature range, the AcuRite unit I bought seems to be accurate and linear. Ideally, one would like to further calibrate the unit with magnesium nitrate saturated solution which has a RH of 50-55% across practical temperatures. This would give three data points on a straight line to verify the linearity. However, I do not know how to get it easily and cheaply.
In Summary: for temperature from 39 deg F to 79 deg F and relative humidity from 29% to 75% , the max error is 3% off in humidity occurred at very low temperature (39 deg F) (i.e 37%RH is actually 40%) and near room temperature, the error is only 1%.
After I wrapped the AcuRite in a wet paper tower, the humidity was 99%, the expected value.
Update rate and modify the back cover to increase airflow through the unit
For normal use, no modification is need as modification does not change the accuracy of humidity and temperature. Allowing more airflow than necessary may shorten the life of the unit by quicken the contamination of the humidity detector inside the unit. Modification only changes the response time when the humidity changes. For home use, the humidity and temperature are not expected to change so fast that the unit could not keep up.
The unit updates the humidity and temperature about every 15 sec. After initial testings which showed that the unit was accurate, I invested time to modify the cover of the unit as the airflow through the unit is through a grill and could be increased to have a faster response time. Steps for the modification are given below:
1) The cover is held by 4 small screws. Remove them by a jewelry screw driver.
2) Separate the back cover from the main body gently and not too far apart as there is a ground wire of the battery housing connecting the two.
3) Remove the ground wire from the battery housing. Now the two parts can be separated.
4) There is a plastic stick used for changing deg C to deg F. It will fall out but is easy to put back during re-assembly.
I drilled four 3/16 inch holes on each side of the back cover as well as one 3/16 inch at the center of the back cover.
The above measurements were done on just one AcuRite which I bought. Because measured data points seem to agree with published values by other scientists, I am satisfied that the humidity and temperature of my unit are accurate and use it with confidence. However, beware that there are a large number of reviews in this forum who said their AcuRite is no good.
edit: So I just took a hot shower and brought all three devices into the bathroom to see how they reacted. As you can see the model provided by the flooring installer responded as expected, basically humidity doubled in the bathroom (30-60%). The small cigar hygrometer also responded but more slowly (from 52-62%). The AcuRite, nothing.
I rarely post negative reviews but this humidity monitor is COMPLETE junk
First, don't expect it to work in any humidity about 80% so if you're on the coast, forget about it
Temp gauge also stopped working
It currently reads 78 degrees + 50% humidity. I'm now in las vegas (humidity is on average 10% + temp is about 60 right now) + the temp/humidity still reads 78/50. Very disappointing. I bought like 4 of these so I could monitor different humidity levels when I was in the mountains + one night when the humidity peaked around 75%, all of them stopped working
Even WORSE, when I tried to get my rechargeable battery packs (eco friendly yo) back from these useless monitors, the freaking things wouldn't open!!! So now I'm considering breaking them + throwing them against a wall to get my batteries back. Oh wait, I guess that doesn't really matter if I do, because they're already broken!