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A new season is upon us, and it's always worth a reminder to make sure your direct-to-garment printer is being stored and used at the proper humidity level.

Here are two of our favorite tools for making sure your humidity is right on point.

1) AcuRite 00613A1 Indoor Humidity Monitor


Well reviewed, this humidity gauge (hygrometer) is easy to read and displays a daily log of your highest and lowest humidity level -- very useful to find out what environment your machine is sitting in overnight. It's also got a temperature gauge that we find useful. Sells for under $10 at Amazon or your local home center.

2) Essick Air HD1407 Whole-House Humidifier

Should you be in one of the few parts of the country that's not about to get very, very humid over the next few months, invest in a humidifier. With a high water storage capacity and a reasonable price, this humidifier is one of our favorites. While the styling does leave something to be desired, Essick does have a few other similar models whose style is not inspired by a 1970's basement. :D
That nonwithstanding, this humidifier is a great choice. It can output quite a bit of humidity with the fan on high and, if the fan is on low, it remains quite quiet.

Questions about humidity or environment for your DTG printer? I'd be happy to answer them.

-Alex
 

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The Hygrometer I got it at Lowes' same one. Nice thing to have. I run two Humidifiers, one behind the gt381 above printer height and one under the printer, below the ink cartridges. Humidity is constantly over 50. I purchased the second one from Staples using their coupons. 9 gallons. I keep three heat presses in the same room, a 7 x 14' and the humidity keeps over 50% even with the heat presses on. Sometimes I feel like i am in the jungle but humidity and warmth is supposedly good for the printer. haven't had any issues with the printer yet.

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Great info Alex!

As every dtg user may know the inks are water based and having the proper humidity levels and temperature in the area that your printer is kept in will help keep the inks fresh and from the water evaporating out of the inks which is what causes clogging.
 

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The Hygrometer I got it at Lowes' same one. Nice thing to have. I run two Humidifiers, one behind the gt381 above printer height and one under the printer, below the ink cartridges. Humidity is constantly over 50. I purchased the second one from Staples using their coupons. 9 gallons. I keep three heat presses in the same room, a 7 x 14' and the humidity keeps over 50% even with the heat presses on. Sometimes I feel like i am in the jungle but humidity and warmth is supposedly good for the printer. haven't had any issues with the printer yet.

CD

You do not need to have the humidity higher then 50%. It's not a bad idea having the multiple humidifiers but most do have humidity setting controls on them. Try to keep them all synced so the room stays at the 50% mark and you should be comfortable.

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