What Needs to Be Stored in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit

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Climate-controlled units are an Amazing storage feature where the unit’s indoor temperature is kept between 60 and 78 degrees year-round and maintains a consistent humidity level. Basically, it’s a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one.

We’ve compiled a list below of a few special items that benefit from climate-controlled storage.

wood and leather chairsWOOD AND LEATHER

When exposed to too much moisture over time, wood can crack, warp, or rot. Leather that’s not stored in a climate-controlled unit is also more susceptible to moisture, which can discolor the pieces and cause mildew.


 

coin and stamp collectionSPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Including coins, stamps, comics, and wine)

The point of collecting certain items is to preserve them for years to come. Temperature control can help with that preservation. Everything from coins, stamps, and comics to wine collections needs to be stored in a climate-controlled environment to prevent damage caused by temperature changes and humidity.
One of the things that could quickly decrease the worth of a valuable stamp collection is heat and humidity. When a stamp collection is subject to unfavorable conditions, the stamps start to stick and curl. The ink on them can also be affected. The right temperature and humidity level can help a stamp collection maintain its value.
Many people who have a special collection of coins find that having them in a storage unit that provides climate control is essential. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) advises its members that coin collections be kept at a constant temperature as well as humidity level. Should a coin collection be exposed to any type of extreme temperature or humidity it could experience the oxidation process. This could cause permanent damage to the coins in a collection. Silver and copper coins are very vulnerable to tarnishing as well as becoming very dark.


 

musical instrumentsMUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Musical instruments, though sometimes large, are very delicate and need to be handled with great care. Whether it’s short-term or long-term storage for instruments, temperature control is a must.


 

artwork storageARTWORK

The best environment for artwork is about 50% humidity and a temperature between 70-75°F. Crafting equipment and supplies also need climate control. Sewing machines have belts inside that can shrink and expand with extreme temperatures, so a relatively even temp is helpful.

Many artists like to store their work. They may have limited storage space where they create their art. There is always a concern of what could happen if their work is subject to the wrong temperature as well as humidity. This could cause items to fade, warp, stretch, and more. When this happens, the quality of their work could be lost. Artists are able to use a climate controlled unit to keep their work in an environment, but be careful the space is kept in constant temperatures, such as between 60 and 75 degrees.


 

clothing storageCLOTHING

When you’re swapping out summer dresses for sweaters or storing that beautiful wedding gown, climate-controlled storage can keep your clothes in good shape. After you’ve cleaned everything thoroughly (a step in clothing storage that shouldn’t be skipped) it’s important to maintain the humidity levels inside your unit to avoid mold and mildew. Using plastic storage bins over cardboard boxes also prevents moisture from reaching your clothing.


 

file storageBUSINESS DOCUMENTS

A climate-controlled unit is the only thing standing between humidity and documents, which will fade, discolor, or dissolve with exposure to moisture.


 

photo albumPHOTOS

A climate-controlled storage facility and the use of boxes or albums that have passed the Photographic Activity Test (PAT) will help to ensure your memories are preserved. Also, if temperatures get too high in an area where photos are stacked on top of one another, the prints can blend together and deteriorate. Always store photos facing away from each other, even in albums.


 

electronic equipmentELECTRONICS

From TVs and computers to recording equipment, you might be filling your storage unit with some expensive electronics. The screens and internal components of plasma TVs in particular don’t do well with extreme temperatures. Choosing to store electronics in a standard storage unit may work for a short time, but after a while, the moisture that accumulates as a result of rising humidity levels can have the same effect as a direct water spill. Internal parts can rust, and wiring can break completely.

4 Responses to “What Needs to Be Stored in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit”

  1. Delores Lyon
    September 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing this advice on getting climate controlled self storage. I had no idea that the heat could negatively affect photos and leather– leather seems like a pretty tough material! However, it does make sense that the leather would get discolored due to moisture. I didn’t think about how climate controlled storage units also control humidity!

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  2. Michael Lee
    October 1, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I know a guy who had a nice expensive pair of crocodile skin shoes who put them in storage, they must have cost $600 dollars, and they ended up cracking because he did not have a climate controlled storage unit. The biggest problem these storage companies face is keeping each individual unit at the right temperature and moisture level, it is hard to find a unit facility that does it right!

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  3. Mark Finch
    October 23, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I’m glad I came across your article. I am currently looking for storage for my instruments (guitars and a grand piano). Thank you for talking about climate controlled storage units. I never realized I need it until I read your article. I agree that wood can warp if exposed to too much moisture, and as a musician, I know how important it is to keep my instruments in pristine condition. I will take your suggestion and look for a climate controlled storage instead.

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  4. Deb Pearl
    April 4, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I didn’t know that wood can crack, warp, or rot when exposed to too much moisture. I have a lot of old wooden furniture from my grandma I would love to keep. I will have to make sure that I get a climate controlled storage unit so I can keep them safe. https://e-zlakewaystorage.com/services-and-pricing/

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