Many people believe that storage units are all equal. However, they are not all created equally. Not only do storage units come in different sizes, but they also come in different environments. Some units come with a climate-controlled environment, which can provide additional benefits if you have certain types of personal belongings that you are storing. For example, some items require consistent temperatures so that they don't get damaged, as they can't stand high humidity levels or varying temperatures. Here are three items that are particularly susceptible to changing weather conditions and could benefit the most from climate-controlled storage units:
1. Important Paper Documents and Photographs
When stored in wet or moist conditions, paper can fade, discolor, and/or potentially break down. With photographs, especially when they are stacked directly on top of each other, they can begin to blend together and deteriorate.
To protect paper documents, such as work-related and legal documents, school papers, children's artwork, as well as medical records, you may want to encase them in plastic sheets before placing them into boxes, containers, or filing cabinets. For photographs, you should consider keeping them in albums. If you do not have albums, try to keep the photographs facing away from one another.
Electronics are unable to withstand extreme temperatures – hot or cold. On the surface, it may seem like they are, but the extreme hot or cold can actually do damage to interior parts of electronics. High levels of humidity can also cause damage to electronics. The moisture can result in internal parts rusting as well as wire breakage.
Therefore, if you need to store audio or stereo equipment, gaming systems, computers and accessories, TVs (especially LCD, LED, or plasma flat-screens), or anything similar, it is important that you store them in a climate-controlled environment. In addition, you should store electronics in an upright position. The reason for this is to ensure that all internal parts are protected.
If you don't have room in your home to store seasonal clothes, then you may choose to do so in a storage unit. In addition to seasonal clothes, you may want to store wedding gowns and other formal wear that is not worn often. These clothes are going to be left unattended for months at a time, so it is important that they are cleaned first and kept in a climate-controlled unit.
The reason that a climate-controlled environment is necessary is because moisture can result in mold and mildew developing inside the unit and on the clothes damaging them. It is also a good idea to store your clothes in plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes, which also helps to keep moisture out.
If you are unsure whether your personal belongings need climate control, it is often better to be safe than sorry and simply opt for a climate-controlled storage unit. This will allow you to better protect your possessions against the unpredictable and prevent an unnecessary surprise when you go to open your unit.