As we accumulate goods, we’ve all learned over time — sometimes the hard way — which items respond poorly when left out in the sun, and what can get damaged from exposure to extreme cold. That’s when we learn to take extra care of those items. But we also understand that even if our plants do best in the sun, other things don’t.
That’s one reason why self-storage facilities today offer something extra with their units: climate control. Having a steady temperature in your unit guarantees that whatever you bring to the facility will be fully protected from not only fluctuations in the weather, but also from humidity and the mold it creates. While there are some items that are built to naturally resist strong weather, such as yard items, climate control has made storage facilities even more appealing for those who need extra room for their valuables.
Here are some tips on items that you definitely want to be certain are in a climate-controlled storage unit.
Why Do Some Household Items Need Climate-Control?
Whether you need a climate-controlled unit depends on what it is you want to store, but in most instances, there are several advantages of having a storage unit that maintains a consistent temperature year-round. It gives you the benefit of being able to add in other items later on that may be especially sensitive to extreme temperatures and not have to worry about them. That’s particularly true if you have expensive and valuable possessions and want to be certain that they’ll be safe in a storage unit.
Climate controlled storage is particularly necessary for anything that you know could potentially get damaged at your own home if exposed to extreme temperatures. Having temperatures soar above 100 degrees, as it does in many parts of the country, or drop below freezing in winter can pose risks to a wide variety of household items. A lot of people don’t realize how sensitive some furniture is, vulnerable to warping, splitting or cracking from extreme temperatures. That can include wood furniture, antiques, and even musical instruments.
So what are some common items that definitely should be stored in a unit with climate control?
What Items Can Get Damaged by the Weather?
Items that definitely benefit from self-storage include any furniture made of or containing leather, metal, wicker, wood, or upholstery, all of which can get damaged by extreme heat or cold. Electronics also benefit from a steady temperature, along with DVD players and discs, videos, and vinyl records.
Any kind of medical supply or medications are best kept in a climate-controlled unit, along with artwork, antiques, and collectibles, whether its stamps, coins, or comic books. If you have a photograph collection, you definitely want to keep that in the right storage unit as well. The same is true if you’re storing important papers and documents from your files.
Part of the risk of not having climate control in your unit is exposure to moisture, which can cause wooden items to rot or become warped or cracked. Leather goods, whether it’s clothing or even the leather seat on your bicycle, can get discolored due to mold or mildew. Moisture can rust or crack your electronics and can cause paper to start to disintegrate or become illegible over time.
What Other Benefits Will Climate-Control Offer?
Another key benefit to a climate-controlled unit is they offer superior air quality. With the continuous circulation of the air in the unit, the air inside remains clean, so you won’t need to worry about airing out your unit from time to time.
The steady temperature also means the unit becomes less attractive to bugs and other insects usually drawn to enclosed and humid spots. Pest bugs are attracted to excess moisture, and roaches love warm and humid places, such as near the water heater in your basement or in your kitchen. Roaches need constant hydration to remain active. That could have been a problem in a storage unit without climate control, but it’s not a concern in ones that do.
Climate controlled storage units are also good for keeping out dust and debris that can make your items look dirty while in storage.
The bottom line is that climate-control gives you the extra peace of mind knowing that what you bring to your storage unit is going to be safe from the elements, and in the same condition as when you first brought it there. Harsh seasonal changes don’t become a problem if you’re renting from a facility like Treasure Island Storage, which has climate-controlled units to take advantage of.
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.
With convenient locations in 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!