Where the equipment is required to maintain a predetermined level of humid­ity, a humidistat may be used instead of, or in addition to, a thermostat. The function will normally be to operate an electrical switch.

Mechanical humidistats employ materials which change dimension with humidity, such as animal hair, plastics, cellulosics, etc. These can work a switch directly.

Electronic humidistats generally depend on the properties of a hygroscopic salt. The signal has to be measured and amplified.

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