Many of our household items are prone to deteriorating in the cold. They are no match for winter’s mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Can you leave your favorite item’s condition up to chance? Maintain control of storage temperatures via climate-controlled units, and enjoy use for years to come. But it’s not as simple as renting storage and moving everything to a unit.
There are several items that need special attention in storage, particularly those sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. They need climate-controlled storage that keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55-85°F year-round and maintains a consistent humidity level. Basically, it’s a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one.
Take a look at these five common items that will need extra care to preserve against cold conditions and should be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit
The chemical reaction in batteries work on an electric current being passed between positive and negative terminals, which thrive in warmer temperatures. Out in the cold, the electrons that power the reaction move at a slower pace, which subsequently slows down the speed of the current and makes your batteries less powerful. The optimal storage temperature for batteries is as close to 59 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. As the temperature drops, batteries have to work twice as hard to run currents in everything from your electronic devices to your car.
Electronic devices don’t perform well in extreme cold weather. In addition to battery issues, the chill can crack or damage the effectiveness of internal components, making the device inoperable. As with other item types, keep electronics at room temperature to protect them. Washers and dryers, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators all need climate-controlled storage in regions that experience extreme heat or cold. That’s because climate control protects electronic and mechanical parts from cracking and rust that could cause permanent damage.
Climate controlled storage is recommended for TVs, especially when they’re being stored in areas prone to major temperature shifts. The screens and internal components of plasma’s in particular don’t do well with temperatures on the extreme ends of the thermometer. From TVs and computers to recording equipment, you might be filling your storage unit with some expensive electronics. With climate control, you can reduce the chance of damage to your electronics while they sit in storage.
Beautiful snowy winter landscapes provide the perfect setting for your seasonal pictures. Just make sure that you store your camera correctly for your photo shoot. Cameras thrive on temperature consistency. If you move from the cold outdoors to a warm room afterward, condensation can build up on your lens, destroying your camera.
Instead, store in a consistent environment that keeps your camera as close to room temperature at all times, 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit at 20-80% humidity is considered safe. When you’re on the go, keep your camera safe, snug and warm in a camera bag. Even when storing photos be careful to store them facing away from each other, even in albums, as they can get stuck together and deteriorate in extreme temperatures.
Fluctuating temperatures can accelerate wine aging and can give wine an oxidized, metallic taste. For collectors who’ve invested a lot of time and money in growing their wine collections, spoiling due to improper storage would be a nightmare. The best way to wine storage is to have it in a place that does not have a consistent, cool temperature, instead somewhere between 55-57°F is good.
Cars kept outside of your garage become subject to ice, snow and freezing temperatures. These aren’t exactly ideal conditions for your engine! The cold makes the engine work harder and oil thicker. It can even impact tire pressure. If you don’t have room to pull your car into the garage, consider housing at room temperature in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.
While these are only five groups of items that need climate control, the truth is that climate-controlled storage is beneficial for almost all self storage ventures. Though more necessary in some cases than others, a quick chat with a storage facility operator will help you determine exactly what kind of storage is right for you.
Give Neighborhood Self Storage a call today at (303) 647-5374 to get a tour of our Aurora climate-controlled self storage units. We offer climate controlled storage units in a clean, secure environment, with drive up access, 24 hour video monitoring and free use of moving truck with rental and all ground floor units.