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The enemy: High heat.
Most materials shrink or expand with high heat, and framing package is no exception. Leave a mat out in an area of rising temperature and it will cup, sometimes substantially. The level of relative humidity will also contribute to this effect. High heat combined with excessive humidity can cause artwork to become glued to glass, especially in case of photos. Once this occurs, damage is permanent. Use mats to keep artwork from touching glazing.
Generally, high heat in a home should not be a big problem, especially in dry areas. Transporting artwork can be tricky. Never leave it in a trunk during hot or humid weather, and even interior of a vehicle can be much too hot. Get it home to a safe environment as quickly as possible. When shipping artwork make sure it will not be subjected to high heat.
Do not get paranoid about exposing framed artwork in normal settings. Hanging from a wall a few feet from either floor or ceiling protects it from extremes of temperature and humidity within house. Be sure house is never left unheated in cold and damp weather, and never leave it outside or in vehicles any longer than possible. Make sure sun never sees it directly, and keep your better stuff away from florescent lights. Use conservation glass or acrylic for especially valuable or valued pieces.
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