Self-storage can be extremely useful when moving or making space in your home. When storing your belongings during the summer, you need to pay special attention to your heat sensitive possessions. Aside from issues from plumbing and sewer water, nothing can damage your property faster than extreme temperatures.
Heat and Humidity Can Damage Your Property
You might not be aware that many everyday items can be damaged from extreme heat and humidity. Climate-controlled facilities help minimize the risk of damage and ensure that your storage unit is comfortable when you need to access your belongings. Climate-controlled storage units also offer protection against animal, insect and human intruders. Using a storage unit that is not climate-controlled can be detrimental.
A climate-controlled storage unit ensures that indoor temperatures remain between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This type of unit also keeps a consistent humidity level which can protect your belongings from excessive moisture during an exceptionally humid summer.
Storing Heat Sensitive Property
The following items should always be stored in a climate-controlled environment:
- Wooden furniture
- Leather furniture
- Household appliances
- Special collections
- Musical instruments
- Business documents and inventory
- Medical supplies and medications
- High pressure containers
- Landscape supply
Summer Storage Tips
Liquids should never be stored in a storage unit. This is especially true for flammable liquids such as kerosene, gasoline and liquids that emit noxious odors or fumes. Even water can cause problems when stored. During the summer, water evaporates, causing humidity in the surrounding area. This humidity can encourage mold and mildew growth.
When storing appliances and electronics, it’s a good idea to remove batteries. Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar and never store food in your unit.
Climate-Controlled Storage Guarantees the Safety of Your Belongings
Climate-controlled storage units cost more than other types of storage units. This is due to the fact that the owner must pay for utilities on what is typically a much larger facility. However, the cost of renting a climate-controlled storage unit is a small price to pay for the long-term preservation of your valued belongings.
Craig Van Lines offers comprehensive moving and storage services to residents in Virginia, Maryland and the Metro DC area. We offer secure, temperature-controlled storage. Please contact us for more information.