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!