While it might not seem like the time for us to be discussing climate controlled self-storage, after all, we are in the depths of winter, it is important to know the ins and outs of it. Why you would want to utilize it, how it helps you, what kinds of belongings would need the climate control. It is one of the most common questions we field here so let’s write up a whole post on it, and it’s our last post of the year!
Climate Controlled Self Storage Units
Air-conditioned, temperature controlled, or climate controlled self storage has several names but they all refer to similar things. They are not quite synonymous of course. Climate control refers to the ability to control and manage not just the temperature inside the unit but also the humidity. These two conditions then manage the moisture inside the unit as well.
There are a number of different types of belongings that would benefit greatly from using climate controlled self storage.
The big one is antique furniture. It is one of the most common items found in storage units across the country. The older wood does not endure fluctuating conditions too well, as the moisture and temperature can cause expansion and warping. To best use climate control, keep the temperature between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit with the humidity no more than 50%. Keeping the humidity low will prevent mold from growing and any wood from rotting. Clean and oil any wood furniture to extend their lifespan.
The bulk of belongings in our homes are electronic. We forget because our homes themselves are climate controlled, but electronics have specific conditions that they need to stay in to function properly. When storing in a unit, keep them off the ground, the unit at 50-80 degrees and humidity between 30 and 60. This will ensure you don’t need to make any expensive replacements.
• Records, Discs
As you organize your electronics, take a look at your discs. Vinyl records do not handle humidity well and neither vinyl nor optical discs (blu-rays, DVDs, CDs) handle high temperatures. Keep all of them stored between 65 and 70 degrees. Humidity shouldn’t be higher than 45%
Go figure, metals don’t enjoy moisture! Iron rusts, copper will turn green, and silver blackens. To avoid all of that diabolical degradation the temperature should sit between 35 and 75 degrees, humidity meanwhile between 35 and 55%. Storing off the ground will also help prevent moisture.
Some fabrics are very delicate and sensitive to moisture and temperature. If not properly managed they can grow mildew or mold. To prevent any antique furniture from growing spores, keep the unit at 35 to 75 degree and 55% humidity at the absolute most. Store fabric with tissue paper can also help.
Art such as paintings does not tend to survive extreme conditions. The fluctuating conditions can cause canvas and frames to expand, shrink or tear, not to mention growing mold or mildew. Keep the climate at around 70 degrees.
Books, magazines, comic books, photographs. If they’re paper, they will have a rough go of it in extreme humidity and temperatures. Paper can warp or turn yellow. If you don’t like the sound of that (and who does?) then you will want to set the thermostat between 35 and 75 degrees. Humidity should be less than 35%
If you are looking to store some belongings and any of the above are in that inventory then it would be worth investigating climate controlled self storage. The big idea behind storage is holding items for later use and if, because of poor conditions, they become destroyed or otherwise damaged while sitting, then it is not much good for anyone.
With all of that laid out there. We hope the rest of your holidays are great, and from everyone here, at Allstate, we wish you a Happy New Year! If your New Year’s Resolution includes decluttering, you give us a call!
We are continuing on this month with our discussions of RV and boat storage, specifically when it comes to using self-storage facilities! Last time we made an argument for why you would (or should) look at using self-storage facilities as your RV and boat storage solutions. Assuming you have already made that decision (smart!) here are some tips to make sure you are getting the best results from it.
RV and Boat Storage Tips
When storing your RV for the winter (or whichever offseason you happen to store during) there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process not only easier for you but also save money!
• Save money by canceling any services you won’t be using while it sits. If your RV is stored on private property, you may not need to keep your collisions, medical, and other insurance policies current on it. Keep comprehensive coverage active during this, you don’t want to have coverage lapse and end up in a stickier situation. Just know what you can cut back on.
• If your RV has satellite services for TV then this is certainly something you can deactivate while the vehicle is stored. Certain providers may even offer an RV specific month to month, pay as you go plan that may help.
Storing the batters for winter or any other time require a few upkeep steps to ensure everything is in proper working order. Remove the batter and do the following:
• Clean the battery and terminals!
• Check water levels and add if any is needed.
• Test the batter to ensure it is fully charged
• Use a maintenance charger to keep batteries charged and avoiding sulfation.
• Store the battery in a cool, dry space.
Preparing to store your boat starts even before you leave the water. Here are just some tips to ensure your boat is still seaworthy when you come back for it after the offseason.
• Take the boat out one more time. Aside from enjoying that final cruise, you should listen and look for anything out of sorts. Getting repairs done during the offseason will save you a lot of headaches when it is time to take your ship out again.
• After you’ve had your last ride of the season, give your ship a thorough scrub down. Inside and out! Do this before it is allowed to sit and become an even tougher job to take care of. Dry it off thoroughly.
Maintenance steps to take before letting your boat sit in storage:
• Change the fluids! Oil, antifreeze, fogging oil, you name it, it should all be as fresh as possible.
• Adjust belts. You don’t want your drive belts sitting tensely all winter as they can develop cracks.
• Grease up the steering and control joints to keep them moving smoothly.
• Tend to the battery just like you would an RV
• Fill up the tank!
For both vehicles, you want to take measures to avoid any possible damage while in storage. Specifically, you don’t want to come back to your vehicle in the spring and find a large extended family of rodents has made your boat or RV their RV. Make sure the vehicle is properly covered to help avoid this.
These have been just some of the steps to take when storing your RV and boat. No doubt if you own them you have a good handle on their care and upkeep, but these reminders are here for all. Take the necessary steps, move your vehicles into storage and rest easy knowing that come time to take them out again they will be ready and waiting for it.
We will see you next time on the Allstate Storage News blog, and as December winds down Happy Holidays. If you are in need of RV and boat storage contact our storage experts and we will be happy to help. Until next time!
Welcome back to the Allstate Storage News Blog! It’s the end of 2017 already, and deep into winter. RV and Boat season has passed us by (unless you are a snowbird living in your RV, in which case the season is in full swing!) and it is time to figure out where you are going to be storing the giant things. RV, boat storage can be done in a number of ways, though by the end of this blog you might have an idea of what we think is best.
RV Boat Storage Options
When it comes to storing your RV for the off season you have a few options. The classic, of course, is to park it in a backyard or lot, whether it be yours or your families. We’ll give you a hint here, this is the least preferable for most. Not only is it a bit of an eyesore to have a massive recreational vehicle poking up above the fence, it also does some damage to the yard that it sits in. It is slightly better than leaving it parked in front of the house on the street but only barely. You can also find a parking facility or RV lot that will allow the space to be rented and parked.
Storing a boat is similar. Depending on the craft or the options you have available. A boat can be stored at a marina, sitting in the water while you wait to take it out again. It can also be pulled out from the water and put on a trailer. Then the decision of where to put that trailer. If you have space in the backyard you may do just that, leaving the boat on the trailer and parked over the offseason. Leaving it out on the street can be an option but often not for long.
When it comes down to it, you may just not have the space to store RVs or boats, no sizable yard to take up or just prefer to keep a tidier appearance when it comes to your landscape. In those scenarios, there is another option that may not occur to most but is certainly viable.
Using RV Boat Storage from a storage facility! Self Storage facilities (like Allstate) often have more than just drive-up shuttered units. With access to a large fenced area, you can utilize their space to park or store your vehicles during the off season and not have to think twice about any of the details.
Is it legal? Absolutely, no need to worry about getting a ticket when the large vehicle is stored in a facility! How does my yard look? Certainly does not look like a shanty town with vehicles parked all over! Your home keeps its perfect, homey look and your yard does not get torn up by vehicles driving across it. What about security? Being in a self-storage facility means it is under watchful eyes of management and you do not need to worry about theft or vandalism like you may if parking in front of your home. If you have a boat or RV and store it in your vacation destination rather than trek it back home, you can rest easy knowing that while it is out of your sight, it is secure and protected by surveillance and fences.
Using a storage facility for RV/Boat storage might not be the first idea that comes to mind but it can really be the best option available. For the cost, you are getting a number of assurances that you will no longer need to think twice about. Your vehicle is secure, safe, legally placed and will be ready for you to pick up whenever you see fit.
That will do it for us this time on the Allstate Storage News blog! If you are looking for a place for RV boat storage contact one of our Arizona or Nevada locations and see what arrangements can be made. Until next time, Happy Holidays from all of us here at Allstate. See you next time.