Producing the ideal temperature for art storage can be tricky. When it comes to items such as artwork, documents, and books, extreme temperatures can devalue your collections. Extreme heat and humidity can shrink or expand artwork, which could even result in mold or mildew growth.
Do you have old paintings stored away in your basement or attic? It won’t take long before they age and print fades or pages turns yellow without proper temperature control.
Keep reading below to learn about the three main factors to consider when storing art:
Most experts agree that the ideal temperature range for storing art is somewhere between 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (f). This is most ideal for particular paintings, but will also be ideal for furniture, delicate fabrics, papers, and metals.
Most HVAC professionals and art collectors will say that the sweet spot for humidity for paintings is at 50%. This works for most other types of artistic mediums as well, however, it’s important to watch that the humidity level does not deviate a large amount otherwise your art could be damaged by drying out or the growth of mold and mildew.
- Quality of Air
Pollutants in the air can have a big effect on the preservation of art pieces. Doing regular air quality checks can make sure you know what pollutants, if any, are in the air you’re breathing and that the artwork is breathing too.