Temperature and Relative Humidity

A New Look at Conservation Standards

American Alliance of Museums

Museum magazine looks at changes in environmental conditions and standards (including the 50/70 standard), and the practical difficulties of sustaining relative humidity and temperature.

Heating, Ventilating and Cooling Historic Buildings

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers a Preservation Brief titled Heating, Ventilating, and Cooling Historic Buildings: Problems and Recommended Approaches. This brief includes the steps in planning and designing a new system, an overview of HVAC options, a list of Do’s and Don’ts, and a bibliography.

Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings

National Park Service

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Preservation Brief titled Controlling Unwanted Moisture in Historic Buildings offers tips for uncovering and analyzing moisture problems, selecting an appropriate level of treatment, and providing ongoing care; it includes a glossary and bibliography.

Temperature, Relative Humidity, Light, and Air Quality: Basic Guidelines for Preservation

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a technical leaflet that provides basic preservation guidelines for temperature, relative humidity, light, and air quality.

Monitoring Temperature and Relative Humidity

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a technical leaflet that discusses equipment for monitoring temperature and relative humidity. It lists questions to ask before making a purchase and offers guidance in establishing a systematic monitoring program. It includes a bibliography and a list of suppliers.

Getting Function from Design: Making Systems Work

Northeast Document Conservation Center

The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers a technical leaflet, Getting Function from Design: Making Systems Work, that lists verification tasks that museum staff need to perform in each stage of the project (construction, start-up, and normal operations) in order to insure their needs are met for temperature and humidity control.

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