I am in an apt. in the Boston area with baseboard heat - there is a bit of heat all winter no matter what the thermostat is set on. I am going a away for a few weeks around the holidays. I have one of those Oasis humidifiers, but, it runs dry in about three days. I think I will be gone 2-3 weeks. What do people think? Should I loosen the strings? Put a bucket by the bass or by the baseboard in the room? I got some nasty winter top cracks my first year, last year I kept a dampit in and it was fine.