If you live anywhere that goes through dry seasons, you’ve probably felt how dry air can affect your skin and make you ridiculously thirsty. If it gets cold where you live and you crank the heat at home, you may have even put a humidifier in your bedroom to make the air more pleasant to breathe.
Well, guess what—if you’re affected by dry air, there’s a good chance your ukulele is being affected, too.
In fact, all wooden instruments (not just ukuleles) are vulnerable to extreme levels of dryness and humidity. That’s where ukulele humidifiers come in.
Why Would Someone Use a Ukulele Humidifier?
If a solid wood instrument is exposed to air that’s too dry, the wood can warp or even crack, resulting in irreversible damage to your instrument. This happens because the moisture that’s remained inside the wood starts to “bleed” out into the air, and that creates shrinkage and cracking. While high levels of humidity can also affect the wood, dryness is generally the bigger problem, and damage from dry air is more common than damage from excessively humid air.