I started taking guitar lessons when I was just eight. Despite a lot of lessons and tons of practice, I’m no expert. I simply enjoy the feel of the instrument and really love playing. Over the years, I’ve also become a collector of rare guitars. I travel all over the country for my work, and I’m always on the lookout for vintage and classic stringed instruments. I hope to find scarce models with some interesting history behind them. Some of these guitars in my collection are worth quite a bit of cash. Others simply have sentimental value. Some of the guitars I play officially while others I preserve and don’t dare fiddle around with. The 1 single thing that all of the guitars have in respected is their sensitivity to temperature swings and humidity. Insufficient moisture in the air can dry out the wood and cause it to warp. Too much humidity can warp the instrument. Even a temperature change of even a few degrees can throw the guitar out of tune. To protect the longevity and integrity of my collection, I need to have reliability control over heating, cooling and humidity. I’ve invested a fantastic amount of cash into a high quality, state-of-the-art central furnace and air conditioner. The system features adjustable speed compressors that allow it to adjust speed in tiny single percent increments to better ensure legitimately stable temperature. Unfortunately, the furnace can really dry out the air during the winter, and the air conditioner isn’t designed to to handle humidity. I considered getting both a humidifier and dehumidifier, however it was cheaper and more effective to install a ventilator. This works to bring in fresh air, get rid of stale air and stabilize moisture levels. While the entire purpose is to preserve my instruments, I benefit from ideal comfort and more tremendous energy efficiency.