Why we chose evaporative cooling at our fine art storage facility.

March 03, 2024 03:38pm

Entrusted to store and manage the collections of the world’s leading galleries and collectors, we understand the paramount importance of providing optimal conditions for their consignment’s preservation. Having recently invested over £1m in a new, state-of-the-art fine art storage facility in North London, we had the luxury of exploring the latest solutions to environmental controls for our premises. Led by industry experts in both fields, it became clear that evaporative cooling would be the standout solution for lowering the temperature at our facility.

Evaporative cooling represents a harmonious blend of cutting-edge technology and eco-conscious design. Unlike conventional air conditioning systems that rely on refrigerants and compressors, evaporative cooling harnesses the natural process of evaporation to cool the air. By drawing warm air through water-saturated pads, our system facilitates the evaporation of water molecules, resulting in the required reduction in ambient temperature.

But what sets evaporative cooling apart, especially in the realm of fine art storage? The answer lies in its ability to maintain optimal humidity levels while delivering consistent cooling. Fine artworks are highly sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity, which can lead to irreversible damage such as warping, cracking, or even mould growth. With evaporative cooling, we can achieve precise control over both temperature and humidity, creating a stable environment conducive to the long-term preservation of delicate artworks.

Moreover, our evaporative cooling system operates with remarkable energy efficiency, minimising our carbon footprint without compromising on performance. As stewards of both artistic heritage and environmental sustainability, this aspect resonates deeply with our values and commitment to responsible business practices.

The decision to invest in evaporative cooling underscores our unwavering dedication to providing unparalleled care for the artworks entrusted to us. By embracing innovative technologies like evaporative cooling, we not only enhance the preservation capabilities of our storage facility but also reaffirm our position at the forefront of the fine art shipping industry.

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