Are open windows OK for pianos?

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This time of year, at least in New Jersey, we enjoy some gorgeous weather. I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t like fresh air, and if you’re like my family you open your windows every chance you get and leave them open for as long as you can.

Piano owners are sometimes concerned about opening their windows, thinking the extra airflow could harm their instrument and throw it out of tune. It’s a legitimate concern, but you have no reason to deprive yourself of fresh air for the sake of your piano. Just keep a few things in mind:

  1. Pianos like consistency. Unless the temperature and humidity outside are drastically different from what the piano is accustomed to, you’re not going to do any harm by allowing some breeze in the house.
  2. Strong, direct airflow around the piano could be destabilizing. Make sure it’s not too exposed.
  3. Be sure to close the windows when you’re not at home. A sudden rainstorm, or falling nighttime temperatures, could have a negative effect on the piano’s stability.
  4. While we’re talking about windows, be certain your piano is not exposed to any direct sunlight. Some of the worst finish damage can come from prolonged sunlight exposure. In addition, the sunlight heats up and dries out the inside of the piano over time, which can lead to a host of other issues.

In summary, a day you would be comfortable sitting outside is more than likely a day that’s safe for your piano to get some fresh air as well.

Happy autumn!