What Needs to Be Stored in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit
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
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.
SPECIAL 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 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.
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.
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.
A climate-controlled unit is the only thing standing between humidity and documents, which will fade, discolor, or dissolve with exposure to moisture.
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.
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.