How does humidity affect my piano?

Extreme swings from hot to cold or dry to wet are harmful to your piano. Dryness causes the piano’s pitch to go flat; moisture makes it go sharp. Repeated swings in relative humidity can cause soundboards to crack or distort. Extreme dryness also can weaken the glue joints that hold the soundboard and other wood portions of the piano together. Moisture may lead to string rust. A piano functions best under fairly consistent conditions which are neither too wet or dry, optimally at a temperature of 68 degrees F and 42 percent relative humidity.  Using an air conditioner in humid summer months and adding a humidifier to your central heating system will reduce the extremes  of high and low humidity. Room humidifiers and dehumidifiers, as well as systems designed to be installed inside of pianos will control humidity-related disorders still further. 

Dampp-Chaser Humidity Control System

Stabilizes piano tuning, maintaining pitch and markedly extending the life of piano tunings

Minimizes glue failure throughout the piano

Prevents rust on the strings and metal parts​​

Climate systems are critical in places such as Alaska in order to keep your piano safe from cracking, drying and premature aging. We are offical installers of Dampp Chaser Systems

Minimizes felt deterioration, reducing the harsh tones that come from flattened hammer felt in low humidity or the muffled tones that come from hammer felt in high humidity.

 

Minimizes the expansion & contraction of action parts which provides optimum touch and predictable keyboard control.

 

Protects your investment year after year. 

Alaska Piano Services is a certified installer of Dampp-Chaser humidity control systems

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