More Museums Than Starbucks

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Art conservationists are busy. With over 35,000 museums in the United States, the care and preservation of our Nation’s artistic, historical and cultural heritage has become an industry itself. Conserving and protecting the treasures within museum walls is nothing short of moral stewardship.

As outdoor environmental factors continue to affect what goes on inside our homes and places of work, it has never been more important to limit exposure to harmful gases and airborne particulates. And in the small and specialized world of art conservation, vigilance is essential.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, one of the environmentally cleanest in the world, employs a high level of filtration to keep outdoor pollutants out and sustain a superior level of purified indoor air. As defined by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), conservation includes cleaning, repairing and preserving articles and artifacts. The preservation component includes not only limiting exposure to harmful materials but also controlling temperature and humidity. This process is so important to the arts community that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has written a book on the subject, stating that an environmentally clean workplace is critical for keeping paintings, books and other valued artifacts in as good a condition as possible.

But contaminants are numerous and widespread. So much so, that the Philadelphia Museum of Art published a chart outlining the many potential impurities internal to their museum. First noted are building materials: acids from wood, concrete, paint and varnish plus glues, fabrics and carpeting. Then there are the museum objects themselves, often made with possible pollutant materials. Add to that, the chemicals emitted from photocopiers, printers, heating fuel and the like – not to mention your lunch that you ate at your desk – and you have a combination of events that could potentially accelerate the natural deterioration of valuable works of art.

At AIRSInc, we are experts in creating and maintaining clean indoor air. We possess a depth of industry knowledge and can evaluate your conservation needs and recommend a course of action. We have created high quality air filtration products for your program implementation. Contact us at Air Impurities Removal Systems, Inc. for a free clean air analysis.