Barometers are a unique and interesting way of adding character to your home. As well as being highly decorative items, they also serve a functional purpose, providing a means of weather prediction – the main scientific component being the barometer dial, which displays the atmospheric air pressure, thus predicting what type of weather can be expected in the short term. More sophisticated barometers can also include other scientific instruments, such as a thermometer, and even a hygrometer, which measures air humidity. The scientific nature of an item such as this can be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in meteorology, but can equally provide a source of curiosity to the casual observer, and can become a conversation piece when entertaining guests. As a thoroughfare, the hallway is an ideal location for one to be placed – you will find yourself tapping the dial to see which way the needle is swinging every time you walk past!