Risk Management Tip
Keep art cool as temperatures rise
Summer is upon us, and art collectors need to take extra measures to help protect their valuables from the effects of high temperatures and humidity.Paintings and other works of art on paper expand and contract in response to changes in temperature and humidity, and canvasses can become looser or tighter, often changing shape. To keep your fine art and furniture in the best possible condition in the summer heat, follow these recommendations:
- When a room is not in use, draw the blinds, curtains or shades and turn off the lights to create a cool, dark environment.
- Keep the temperature and humidity in the home as constant as possible—65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 55% to 65% relative humidity.Don’t turn off the air conditioning before leaving, even for a short weekend getaway. Temperature fluctuations can loosen the joints of antiques.
- Frame all art. Paper, textiles and photographs should be hung with museum-quality materials by a professional art hanger.
- Install water alert sensors in areas of the home susceptible to water damage, including above ceiling trays and under washers, dryers and radiators.
For more tips on preserving fine art, read this article from the Chubb Group of Insurance Agencies.