Tip of the Day: Humidity and Photos

The best way to extend the life of your photos is to reduce the storage temperature and humidity. The simplest way to do this is to find the area in your house that is naturally cooler and drier than the rest of the house. Many people already know that their photos should not be stored in the attic or in the basement. But did you know that even in the living areas there are warmer and cooler areas as well as drier and wetter areas? Keep your photos and other heirlooms out of the kitchen and out

The best way to extend the life of your photos is to reduce the storage temperature and humidity. The simplest way to do this is to find the area in your house that is naturally cooler and drier than the rest of the house. Many people already know that their photos should not be stored in the attic or in the basement. But did you know that even in the living areas there are warmer and cooler areas as well as drier and wetter areas? Keep your photos and other heirlooms out of the kitchen and out of bathrooms with showers and tubs. The humidity in these rooms can be much higher than in the rest of the house. It may also be a good idea to keep your photos out of closets that share a wall with the kitchen or bathroom as moisture can migrate through many types of wallboard. Besides having higher humidity, kitchens also can be fairly warm when the stove is going. And finally, avoid storing or displaying your pictures near or above sources of heat such as radiators or heating vents. Remember: If it's humid or hot, it's not a good spot!

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