Electronic items are notoriously sensitive. With many individual parts and pieces, these dynamic devices require special care when it comes to storage. Temperature and humidity can particularly impact the future health and functionality of these items. It’s important to pay special attention to these factors when you are ready to look into storage solutions.
Below, we provide five steps to get your electronic items prepped and ready for long-term storage spaces in the right conditions.
1. Back Up Electronic Data – Prior to storage rental, back up all electronic devices to a server or external harddrive to save data. You’ll want to have this data readily available should you need to quickly reference it or should anything unfortunate happen to your items in self-storage. A minor misstep could leave you without a device and without all of the information that device contains. Take the extra time now to avoid regret later.
2. Separate Parts and Pieces – Many electronics contain a variety of pieces, both as part of the main device as well as complementary components. Before you place them in a storage unit, pull the pieces apart and store them individually. Keep plugs separate since you won’t be storing items plugged in.
Remove any cartridges or tapes and keep them apart to avoid items getting stuck in drives or damaged over time. Consider labeling individual parts in storage bins or boxes for easy access when you need them again.
3. Give Pieces a Thorough Cleaning – As with any item you’re preparing for storage, give the item a thorough cleaning before storage. In the case of electronics, consider airing out your items with a compressed air duster, which can be found at any office store.
These dusters blow a thin stream of air into hard-to-clean places to clear out dust and debris that can accumulate in electronic ports and fans.
4. Cover Monitors and Screens – Cover devices in cotton, canvas, cardboard, or other materials that store well and can collect dust rather than your item. If you have original packing materials, consider placing your devices in those. Avoid wrapping items in plastic, as this material can actually make your items susceptible to moisture build-up over time. Moisture build-up and condensation will impact overall device functionality.
5. Store in the Right Environment – Almost any weather element and condition can lead to extreme consequences for electronics kept in storage for a while. Avoid storing items in conditions that are too:
- Windy: Dust and other particles travel through the air and can easily find their way into small electronic openings or air vents, thereby clogging systems.
- Hot: Too warm of an environment can warp plastic, damage parts, and shorten device battery life.
- Humid: Too little humidity will put your electronics at risk for static discharge, while too much can lead to the development of condensation.
- Cold: Devices will go into automatic shutdown mode if placed in environments that are too cold to support functionality.
Climate-controlled storage units help here, putting you in a position to control the temperature and humidity levels needed for your electronics. Consider keeping these items at room temperature, with neither low nor high levels of humidity present.When your business wants to securely store your electronic devices in the Jackson, Tennessee area, contact Markham Self Storage. We offer affordable storage units with a property that has the safety features you are looking for.