It is particularly challenging to find the ideal piano placement. The general rule is to avoid outside walls, fireplaces, doors, windows, direct sunlight, or any area where the humidity is unstable.
"High-humidity adversely affects a piano," and "low-humidity adversely affects a piano." Even worse than humidity remaining high or low is when it swings back and forth, And in Kansas City, that is our experience ~ hot, humid summers ~ and cold, dry winters. This swinging back and forth is a severe problem, which makes placing your piano in the most stable environment extremely beneficial.
As we have said, common sense is an excellent guide in the care of your Steinway piano, which is especially true when you are choosing the proper location for your piano in your home.
About 70% of your piano is wood, which even though it has been carefully selected and dried, is still “alive,” so to speak. Constant humidity fluctuation is damaging to your piano’s health. And may lead to more frequent servicing. The action regulation, tuning, and voicing will become unstable.
We urge you to adhere to the following recommendations which will help you minimize wear and tear and help you keep your piano in optimum condition.
- Don’t position it in the path of an air conditioning outlet or a heating outlet.
- Don’t put it near an evaporator cooler or a room humidifier.
- Don’t put it close to an non-insulated outside wall.
Pianos placed in such unstable locations cannot be expected to stay in tune and keep their adjustment. More important, the instrument subjected to such an environment may be permanently damaged.
When placing your piano in a room, it is essential to pick a spot where direct sunlight will not shine on your instrument. At the Steinway & Sons factory, the exterior wood of your piano is carefully stained and color-matched to our standards. Exposure to direct sunlight will bleach the wood and ruin the piano’s meticulously prepared finish.
It is a good idea to place a hygrometer near the piano so you can monitor humidity swings. Room dehumidification, humidification or air-conditioning may be needed to maintain a stable environment.
Examine your home and decide on each area where you could tolerate placing your piano. Then obtain an equal number of digital hygrometers (humidity gauges) and set one hygrometer in each area for six months. (Be sure to buy hygrometers that will record the minimum and maximum humidity swings) The best place to locate your piano is where it will experience the least humidity swings.