CAREL’s Tech Upgrades the Humidity at The Courtauld Gallery, London

London art lovers, rejoice! The Courtauld Gallery, home to priceless paintings and artworks, has received a significant upgrade to its humidity control systems. This vital update comes courtesy of CAREL, a leading innovator in temperature, humidity, and pressure control solutions.

Why is Humidity Control Important for Art?

Imagine walking through a museum and seeing your favorite masterpiece looking a little…off. Maybe the paint seems duller, or the canvas appears warped. This can happen due to improper humidity levels.

Artworks, especially older paintings, are incredibly sensitive to fluctuations in moisture content in the air.

  • Too much humidity: Can lead to mold growth, warping of canvases, and even flaking paint.
  • Too little humidity: Can cause cracks in wooden frames and brittle canvases.

CAREL to the Rescue!

To ensure the Courtauld’s priceless collection remains in pristine condition, CAREL implemented a comprehensive solution. Here’s a breakdown of the tech upgrade:

  • Installing New Tech: Seven “heaterSteam” humidifiers were installed. These clever devices use steam lances to precisely control the amount of moisture injected into the air-handling units throughout the gallery.
  • Water Treatment: CAREL also provided “Water Treatment Systems” to ensure the water used in the humidifiers is clean and free of impurities, preventing any potential damage to the artwork.
  • Precise Control: The system boasts impressive +/- 1% controllability, meaning humidity levels can be maintained at a constant and optimal level, no matter the season.
  • Preventative Maintenance: CAREL doesn’t just install – they ensure smooth operation. A preventative maintenance contract is part of the package, guaranteeing the long-term reliability of the humidifiers.

Benefits Beyond the Beautiful:

This upgrade isn’t just about art preservation. Here’s what it means for visitors:

  • Optimal Viewing Experience: Consistent humidity ensures the artworks look their absolute best for visitors to enjoy.
  • Long-Term Investment: Proper humidity control helps extend the lifespan of the valuable collection, a win for future generations.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing the art is well-cared for allows visitors to fully appreciate the beauty and history on display.

A Commitment to Art and Technology:

The Courtauld Gallery’s decision to partner with CAREL showcases its dedication to preserving its exceptional collection for years to come. CAREL’s innovative technology ensures a perfect environment for these masterpieces, allowing future generations to continue marveling at these artistic treasures.


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