Humidity levels are featured in just about any article you read when it comes to string instrument care. This is due to the fact that the majority of string instruments are made out of wood, that is susceptible to moisture, which includes fluctuations in the ambient humidity level.
When it comes to the ideal humidity level in string instruments, it is 50% +/- 10%. This is also the ideal humidity level for us humans as well which is quite a unique fact.
How Humidity Damages Instruments
Now, the wood cells expand and contract as the humidity levels increase or decrease, and aside from this, it affects the general sound and tone of the instruments but it can also lead to cracking, splitting or even warping. You will wind up with an instrument that requires expensive repairs or even damages so severe that the instrument will not be worth repairing, or will end up being impossible to repair as a result of it, which is something you definitely do not want happening.
In addition to the body of the instrument itself, you also have other parts that are susceptible to damage as well as undesirable effects as the result of undesirable humidity levels.
This means that you can experience permanent distortion of the neck and the scroll of the instrument, wrapping, loosening or sticking in the pegs, distortion of the bow, an increase in wood width with just a 20% increase in humidity, swelling or shrinking that can affect the string position as well as tuning, and corrosion of the string which can be the case particularly in metal types.
Why Measuring Temperature and Humidity is Important
Needless to say that measuring the temperature and humidity of your room is an essential part of keeping the instruments as safe from harm’s way as possible, and in turn this will lead them to have a much longer life. The last thing an instrument shop owner wants is to sell merchandise which has been damaged due to humidity levels that owner could not keep track of nor analyze in any way.
However, that no longer has to be the case due to the fact that there have been specific tools developed to solve this dilemma.
This is a small investment that you can make, that can pay off in the long term due to the fact that you will not have to spend money of repair costs or having to deal with the heartbreak of having to part ways with an instrument that cannot be repaired all-together due to the fact that it is non-repairable due to the level of damage that has happened to it.
How the UbiBot Line of Devices Can Help
There are specifically created UbiBot devices that can be purchased at the moment as an investment in your instrument store or piano room. Ubibot offer WS1/WS1 Pro and GS1.
- UbiBot WS1 – This device is a WiFi-enabled device that has the capability of continuously monitoring the temperature as well as the humidity within a room. It allows you to access all of this information through the UbiBot IoT platform and even has the ability to store data offline if the need ever occurs, which leads to an extremely convenient access to the data you require.
- UbiBot WS1 Pro – This is like the previous device, except it is better. This is due to the fact that it has a large LCD screen which gives you insights into all of the data at a glance. Through this LCD screen that is already in the device itself, you will be able to instantly view all of the levels you are interested in reading, and as such, you will not be only restricted to having the information visible through the mobile application or the web browser itself.
- UbiBot GS1 – This device is very similar to the previous two, it has an LCD screen, it has all of the sensors associated with it, except it is specifically designed for harsh industrial environments. It can also connect through an Ethernet cable, which is excellent for locations without WiFi or mobile data access.
The beauty of all of these devices is that they all have probes as well and other add-ons that can increase their functionality even further, and all of them are a part of the UbiBot family of devices, which all syncs in well with the UbiBot IoT Platform.
UbiBot IoT Explained
The UbiBot IoT platform, at its core, is designed to streamline the usage of the UbiBot line of devices, by making them smarter.
Before we get deep into the world of the UbiBot IoT platform, keep in mind that if your device or internet connection by whatever reason drops the internet connection, all of the logs, statistics, and measurement, are kept within the device’s internal storage up until the point where it re-gains internet connection after which they are synched with the cloud again.
With that being said, the UbiBot IoT platform can be accessed through an app or through an internet browser and it shows you real-time measurements of your devices within the room or location you have set it in. You can also set custom alerts to inform you when the level of temperature or humidity rises or drops, depending on the specific parameters you have placed there. That being said, you can also be alerted through push notifications, emails, phone calls or even SMS, so wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing, you can always stay up to date and be informed if the temperature changes.
This is the ultimate way for you to take care of your instrument store or piano room due to the fact that you will not be physically in that location all of the time, so it is essential that you add a device to inform you about all of these levels even if you are not there.