I would say go as high as you can go with the Boveda's. I made the mistake of buying a box (I think it's meant for stores lol) of 69% or 72%. Those don't cut it, I've got like 4 in there with maybe 5ish cigars. Reads out at 55% (I got a digital hygrometer I calibrated and works perfectly).
If I were to do it all again, I would actually get the 84% seasoning packages and just use those, when my humidor was seasoning with those, it was the only time it was reading at 70%(ish).
Keep me posted, I'm curious to see what works. And like that other guy said, it might be that metal clasp at the front, I'm hesitant to remove mine, it looks nice.
Soak in vinegar overnight, then a little elbow grease to bust up the bigger chunks. Oh, I forgot to mention that I also have several Venta air washers I picked up @ the Goodwill for a few $ each, as opposed to the several hundred they cost brand new. These are very quiet evaporative units, and can be washed in the dishwasher.
Maybe something like this? http://www.amazon.com/EasyComforts-Room-Humidifiers-Set-2/dp/B00EUJVZHY
They sell them at my local cvs but I've only seen them at this particular location. Its a porous clay stone that acts as a humidifier.
Cuckoo makes a great one, I've had mine for 7 or 8yrs so far with no issues at all. Make sure you do the regular maintenance on whatever humidifier you do get. I clean mine with white vinegar at the end of the season, fill it up half way, set it outside and let it run until it's empty then open everything up and let it dry well.
I have this one but mine is white, this one puts out a gang of mist and can be adjusted with a slider for mist, humidity and hot and cold.
Seems they have a new version but I can't speak for that one.
I bought one of these three years ago and it's still working like new. Just add distilled water once a month or so. No mold, no sponges, no re-soaking periods.
I ran one of the standalone humidifiers in my old condo and it was just ok. It took care of my master bedroom, but made little difference in the rest of the space. Filling it everyday was a PITA and it was moderately noisy on anything above the lowest fan level. I installed a whole house one in my new house and it is by far the best improvement to my house that I have done so far. I have 0 HVAC experience, and I was able to install it easily on my own in an afternoon. There are no preset humidity levels....there is an outside temperature sensor that you have to install and the unit will adjust the level based upon the outside temp. This alleviates any issue with condensation forming on your windows/walls/etc.
Get some of these ceramic radiator humidifiers fill with sheets, top up with water and place on various radiators, your house will be filled with the scent of dryer sheets. Replace when required, keep topped up with water.
For instant smell, put your heating on and put a sheet on each radiator. Tape a few to the rear of a desk fan , create a through draft in the house by opening a window on opposite sides of the house to help circulation of fresh air and the smell you desire.
A budget version is to fill a toilet roll tube with sheet, tape each end and poke some holes in then place at the back of a radiator.
A warm-mist humidifier goes a long way to making normal space heaters work better. Get one of those before you do anything further. I use two of these. One in a room with a space heater, one in a room without a space heater. (My house is not well insulated, and has poor interior circulation.)
Remember that the lizard lamps I pointed out are designed for close-quarters. Sticking one on your desk could work, but sticking one a few feet away would not; you'd need a more powerful lamp. (Google the inverse square law to get an idea.)
Also, heat lamps aren't much more than special incandescent bulbs. They're hot. I wouldn't put them where little ones could get at them; it'd be worse than touching an equivalent-rated normal incandescent bulb.
We have this one:
Pricey, yes, but effective. We had a cheap Bionaire for a while and it broke after about a year, so we were willing to pay the extra for good quality. It seems to work much better, too, and measures/regulates the humidity in the area instead of just shooting out mist.
They also seem to have some more affordable options, like this travel one for $50: