Positioning a piano in a home is one of the most essential steps to starting your nurture for your new instrument; with love and tender care, your piano will be a lifelong friend. This guide will cover all the information you should know, which should hopefully help you decide where to position your piano perfectly.
There are many different environmental factors within the home that can affect the upkeep of the piano leading to more frequent tuning issues and other wear and tear factors.
Below is a guide to what environmental factors can badly affect your piano so you can avoid this, which leads to more costly repairs.
Heat sources will ruin your piano reasonably fast, so you must keep your piano away from radiators, electric heaters and any other source of direct heat. Underfloor heating directly under the piano can cause significant damage to your piano, so this should be avoided.
If the piano does need to be placed above underfloor heating, then a heavy rug or mat should separate the piano’s feet from directly touching the floor itself.
Direct sunshine should also be avoided as sunlight can cause fading on the surface of the wood, neglecting the look and decreasing the piano’s value. Always keep the piano out of direct sunlight or keep the wood protected by using a specialist cover.
Climate and Environment
The best place in the home for the piano is a room that has a constant set temperature. Pianos thrive in rooms that don’t constantly change temperature throughout the day. The best temperature for your piano would be low heat within the winter but is then not too hot within the summer months.
The ideal temperature is around 20 centigrade with a humidity level between 45 and 60 per cent. A humidifier gauge is an excellent investment to have within the room your piano keeps an eye on the environment changes.
Just like the heat sources above, central heating systems are not suitable for pianos because the humidity change when your heating comes on at night and then drops to low in the morning.
Over an extended period, this causes significant problems such as wood splitting, loose tuning pins, split bridges, wobbly hammers, cracked soundboards, and loose keys can cost you more in repair each year.
As time goes on, the central heating will dry out the wrest plank, which then causes the tension in the strings to start to loosen, resulting in not being able to keep your piano in tune, costing you more with re-tuning more often.
Open Plan Kitchens
Some properties have open-plan kitchens, but this can cause your piano issues due to the extreme level of humidity kitchens cause. It is essential to place the piano as far away from the kitchen as possible due to the wood absorbing the steam as you cook.
The problems you may face with humidity issues are slow hammers and dampers, swelling key lead and expanding felts, sluggish and sticky keys and can also cause parts to rust.
Sometimes we cannot control where we place our piano, so if you do feel like you are facing a problem with humidity, talk to your piano tuner. They can fit a humidity control system within your piano, regulating the moisture levels inside the piano. The other option is to use high quality and high volume desiccant dehumidifier. The cheaper ones, e.g. refrigerant dehumidifiers, don’t work very well in all seasons of the year.
Pianos struggle when there is an exposed draft with outside high levels of humidity, e.g. when it rains. This can be an open window or an outside door, which the piano is placed next to. Piano keys will start to stick, dampers tend to stop working, and many other issues will interfere with the playing of your piano.
All of the above can become very expensive in avoidable repair work. Taking care of the piano’s maintenance is vital to keeping it healthy and allowing it to have a long life.
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