The furniture that you buy is made to last in your home, whether it’s your living room, kitchen or bedroom. It’s not made, on the other hand, to spend a large amount of time in a tightly enclosed space that becomes either cold and damp, or hot and humid. One reason why so many storage facilities today offer climate-controlled units for furniture and other belongings is the recognition that environmental factors truly can do significant damage to your property.
Finding a storage unit to rent a short-term basis means you can probably risk not getting one with a controlled climate — but why take any risk at all if you know temperature control is available at other storage facilities? There are a large number of environmental factors that can pose a risk to what you have in storage. Let’s take a closer look at how a climate-controlled storage unit eliminates those threats.
How Can Excessive Heat Damage Your Property?
This country has dozens of cities that get hot and humid in the summer, including Miami, Houston, New Orleans, and New York. Leaving your belongings in storage space exposed to that kind of heat is risky, to say the least.
Two things thrive in humid environments: mold and mildew, both of which can have a nasty impact on furniture wood, fabric and leather. In an enclosed space without air conditioning, mold and mildew can grow rapidly, in as little as 24 to 48 hours. If you reclaim furniture held inside the unit that has mold or mildew growing on it, there are health risks in bringing them back home unless you’ve cleaned them properly first. But it’s also possible that, depending on how much exposure your items had to the mold, your furniture could now be unsalvageable.
The heat is also a draw for something else: pests. As any insect exterminator can tell you, excessive moisture around your home attracts a lot of insects, including cockroaches and ants. It can also cause fungi to grow, including wood rot fungus in wooden furniture.
There are plenty of common, everyday items that can be damaged from extreme heat and humidity. Some of the items that can be particularly vulnerable to extreme heat include:
- Wooden furniture
- Leather goods
- Musical instruments
- Business documents and important papers
These risks are minimized considerably when you use the kind of climate-controlled facilities available at a company like Treasure Island Storage, where units of various sizes in their modern facilities provide temperature-controlled spaces to protect items from extreme fluctuations in the weather. A climate-controlled storage unit ensures that indoor temperatures remain moderate and have a consistent humidity level to avoid excessive moisture during the most sweltering summer months.
Climate-control also offers protection against insect intruders.
How Can Frigid Weather Impact Your Storage Unit?
Self Storage is just as challenging during the winter, but for different reasons. When the winter temperatures are at their most frigid, it’s hard to imagine what your home would be like without heat. Well, it would be just as cold inside your storage unit as it is outdoors. If you live in a city like New York that can experience harsh winters, it’s important to recognize the damage that can be caused by freezing temperatures.
Lots of people store items that they don’t use in the winter, from summer clothing to lawn equipment to recreational gear like skateboards and pool items. Without a doubt, once the temperatures drop, it’s smart to store seasonal items to save on space in your home.
The problem is that prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures can severely damage a variety of household goods. That’s particularly true for electronics and battery-operated items. The liquid inside them can freeze and then crack since the freezing causes an expansion.
Climate control isn’t just about keeping a storage unit cool during the summer heat. It will also provide central heating to protect your belongings during the harshest of winters.
Why is Environmental Protection Important in Storage Units?
Extreme fluctuations in the weather can damage almost all things if they don’t have proper protection, leading to problems like rust, corrosion, and furniture becoming cracked or split. If you’re not in a flood zone, then the one thing besides water that can severely damage your belongings is extreme temperatures.
That’s why today, the best storage facilities offer climate-controlled units that protect whatever is stored there from excessive heat, humidity, and moisture.
Discover TI Storage for Self-Storage Solutions in NYC
Whatever it is you want to put in storage, we know it’s important to you. If you’re in need of a storage unit and want to be absolutely certain that your belongings are safe, security is a top concern at TI Storage, which is why we offer video surveillance, gated security — and climate-controlled units. Whatever you need to have stored, TI Storage has a variety of climate-controlled storage units to suit your needs.
Located throughout New York and New Jersey, TI Storage is guaranteed to be the top choice for self-storage near you. Simply locate the Treasure Island Storage in your neighborhood and stop by. Our team of storage solution associates will show you around and help you reserve the unit you need. Contact us today!