Do You Need Climate-Controlled Storage?

by Jane VanOsdol on June 6, 2011

You know you need extra storage space when you’re constantly tripping over piles of stuff in your home. Every closet is filled to capacity and if you dare open the door, an avalanche rushes out to greet you.

Mobile storage or self storage is a solution that will help free up some space around your home and reduce the constant clutter under your feet. But realize that some of your items need special care and could even be damaged if stored in a regular self- storage container. For these items, you need to take advantage of climate-controlled storage.

What Is Climate-Controlled Storage?

Climate-controlled storage is a type of storage where the temperature and often the humidity levels are regulated. Usually the temperatures in a climate-controlled storage unit range from about 50˚F to 80˚F, thus avoiding a wide swing in temperatures, but every company is different, so consult with your company to see what their regulations are. You’ll also want to see if they have a generator in case of an electrical outage.

Five Elements You Want to Avoid in Storage

When storing sensitive items, you want to protect them from these five elements: bacteria, dust mites, mildew, mold and viruses. Climate-controlled storage helps to protect your personal belongings from these elements by maintaining a climate in which it’s harder for these organisms to survive. It’s important to protect your family heirlooms and expensive items. Take the extra precautions you need to be sure they will be around for your next generation to enjoy.

Which Items Need Climate-Controlled Storage?

Let’s take a look at some items that need special storage.

Artwork, books and other paper items. Paper items are subject to paper rot when they are constantly exposed to ranges in temperatures. Mold and mildew can also be a problem for paper in temperature extremes.

Clothing and fabric. Mold and mildew will often grow in clothing and other textiles that are not stored properly. Tip: Be sure that you wash and thoroughly dry your clothing before packing if for storage. Dirty or damp clothing is a magnet for mold, mildew and bacteria and viruses. Furs usually need to be stored in a cooler location.

Electronics. Moisture and cold can damage or ruin electronics. Climate-controlled storage is a must for them.

Upholstered items and wood furniture. Wood furniture is subject to extremes in temperatures; antiques are especially vulnerable. If it’s too dry, the wood will dry out; too wet and the wood will swell and possibly mold or rot. Upholstery is a type of fabric, so these items have the same issues as do clothing and fabric.

Musical Instruments. Some musical instruments can be seriously damaged or ruined by temperature extremes. Be sure you check with the instrument’s manufacturer for their storage recommendations.

Self storage can be a home improvement lifesaver when it comes to a cluttery home, but be sure that you choose the right type of storage for those sensitive items and check them periodically to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

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