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Humidifying the UK for over 30 years


MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES


preservation teams to remain on the front foot.


Installing an all-encompassing HVAC system to manage the needs of the facility, including monitoring the indoor environment from the early stages, is vital. It ensures that air flow, temperature and humidity are suitably balanced to meet the needs of visitors and employees, while preserving the art inside. Any deviation from such a strategy can result in irreversible damage.


Tailored solutions


The humidity level for books will differ from those of oil paintings and wood. Seasonal variations also need to be accounted for.


Other factors to consider:


■ Oil paint is a particularly volatile and sensitive material that requires a recommended relative humidity (RH) of 55% with minimal fluctuations as possible


■ Hygroscopic materials such as woods, ivory, parchment and books can be affected by the moisture content in the surrounding air. A RH of 40-50% is required to maintain the material’s shape and structure. They respond to diurnal and seasonal changes in temperature and relative humidity to expand and contract. These dimensional changes cause accelerated deterioration which leads to visible physical damage including cockling paper, flaking ink, warped covers on books, and cracked emulsion on photographs.


Adhering to the necessary requirements for each material helps to safeguard these collectables, upholding the reputation of the establishment.


A case in point


HygroMatik has supplied the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a steam humidifier to conserve the life of its musical instruments when in storage. The MiniSteam unit installed is ideal for direct room humidification and is perfect for small and medium-sized spaces such as storage rooms - ideal for


managing the environment of the Conservatoire’s instrument store. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has an extensive collection of treasured music instruments that require special care and attention to preserve their quality and condition. In order to maintain these instruments effectively, the environment in which they are kept must be carefully considered. Controlling the air and moisture content is crucial to preserving the life of these treasured instruments, avoiding expensive repairs and unnecessary replacements. A preventative measure such as installing a humidification system is key to keeping these valuable music instruments in top condition. Chris McGeever, building operations manager at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “The old unit had reached the end of its run, having lasted 16 years. When it came to choosing a replacement, we decided to install a similar unit from HygroMatik as it was very reliable. I was also impressed by the great technical assistance HygroMatik provided when I was looking for information on air quality control.” The HygroMatik MiniSteam humidifier is available with a maximum steam output of either 4.8 or 10kg/h, making it ideal for the instrument store. Using normal tap water, the unit generates hygienic clean mineral free steam which is distributed evenly with its quiet integrated fan. The MiniSteam features a re-useable steam cylinder making it easy to clean and maintain, and as with all HygroMatik systems, it is precise and hygienic. As an added option, the MiniSteam is also available with HygroMatik’s special rinsing system, SuperFlush, which helps increase the lifetime of HygroMatik humidifiers, making servicing simple and cost- effective


In addition, HygroMatik systems offer specifiers further peace of mind in that they are now BIM compliant, meeting the Government requirement of level 2 BIM on public sector projects.


World leading humidifiers


Nationwide humidifier service team


Condair Specialist advice and system design


Dedicated humidifier spares department


Contact us for free expert advice Tel: +44 (0)1903 850 200 Email: uk.sales@condair.com Web: www.condair.co.uk


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