Thursday, June 1, 2017
Help! Card storage in a hot attic
While it's presently fairly chilly in the northeast for this time of year, something happened in mid-May that concerned me about the well-being of my cards.
The temperature went up.
We had a mini heat wave, with temps in high 80s and touching 90, which was unusual for that time of year. I went up to the attic in my house to look for something, and the heat was already fairly sweltering up there. You know that stifling, heavy heat in your grandma's attic? That's what this felt like.
Big deal, right? It's an attic. It's supposed to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter, especially when you live in a 103-year-old center hall colonial.
Here is the problem: my cards are in the attic.
I have a few shelves up there where I store my cards, literally because I have no other space to call my own. The portion of the attic that holds my cards is finished. It's technically a bedroom. It's got painted walls and an ugly orange carpet that is at least 30 years old. There's a bathroom and coat closet, and across the mini hall is the unfinished, more traditional storage portion of the attic. Someday we'll redo it all and make it nice, but that's way down on the priority list.
It serves its purpose now as a guest room (although no one has slept in it), storage, and more specifically, card storage.
So my question is: what the heck do I do? Is it ok for my cards to be in the upcoming sweltering heat? Are there any measure I can take to preserve them a little better? Central air is not an option, by the way.
Maybe it won't make a difference and my cards will be fine. Does anyone know? Has anyone had to deal with similar conditions?
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