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Hello, I have a medium cabinet humidor with an active humidification system that works great. Had it for years now. 100's of cigars stored. My question is; come winter time at night I turn off the heat in the house. The temperature between day and night swings maybe 5 to 8 degrees every 24 hour cycle now till spring...70 day and 62, 64 at night, etc. Humidity stays constant, 67.5  Is this bad for the cigars?
I read your column a lot and thank you for your reply.
Tom

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Tom,

Thanks for the nice comments. While the temperature in the house varies 5-8 degrees, it probably varies a lot less than that inside the humidor. Even so, a few degrees of temperature change is not going to affect the humidity level enough that you'll even notice the difference. I do something similar with our ranch house - in the summer I turn the a/c up to 78 while I'm not there and down to 72 when we're staying there. The house will be at 78 for a week or 2, and then cool down to 72 for a few days. I've never seen this have any impact on my cigars. I don't think you have anything to be concerned about.

Let me know if you have any other questions - it's nice to know someone reads these things!

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Bill Finck Jr.

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I'm a fourth generation cigar maker and have spent 25+ years operating our factory as well as a mail order cigar company. I belong to cigar manufacturers associations as well as retail cigar associations so I'm usually up to date with current events relating to cigars. I've smoked the majority of brands on the market and would be happy to share my opinions of them with you. Since I live in the U.S. I have very little experience with Cuban cigars, but other than that I know a least a little bit about almost every brand of cigars on the market.

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