This year it seems as if we had the longest summer, but now fall is in the air, and we can feel it! Residents of Jackson, Tennessee have the pleasure of enjoying all four seasons, but with that comes the possibility of damaged goods in storage. In a city with drastic temperature shifts, such as Jackson, climate controlled storage rentals are practically a necessity – especially if you’re going to be storing valuables. While it’s obvious that items like photographs, vinyl records, and clothing do best in a climate controlled setting, here are five items that you didn’t know need a climate controlled storage unit.
Electronics are expensive, and letting them sit in a rental storage without climate control is a surefire way to damage or even destroy them. This is particularly true of televisions, especially those being stored in areas prone to drastic temperature shifts. The screens and internal components of TVs (plasma TVs in particular) don’t do well in extreme temperatures.
But major temperature shifts aren’t the only way that your electronics in storage can become damaged. Humidity is the enemy of electronics, and cheap storage units without climate control contain high levels of it. In fact, if a piece of equipment is exposed to high levels of humidity for a prolonged period, it can have the same effect as direct water damage. Ouch.
#2 Household Appliances
If you live in an area that experiences extreme heat or cold, your household appliances need climate-controlled storage. Washers and dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers are all electronics and are all susceptible to damage via shifting temperatures and humidity.
Be sure that you thoroughly clean all household appliances before storing them. Ensure that there is no standing water and remove all hoses as well. Doing so can reduce the risk of rust, mold, and mildew.
#3 Wooden Furniture
Similar to electronics, wooden furniture can crack, warp, or rot if exposed to moisture for extended periods of time. Things like wooden tables and chairs, dressers, nightstands, and entertainment centers need climate control if you hope to use them in the future.
When you rent storage space with climate control, you’re also getting humidity control.
Were you in jazz band or orchestra in high school and sometimes think of pulling your instrument out of storage and channeling your inner Beethoven? Well, unless it’s in a climate controlled environment, you may find that both the instrument and the musician have become a little rusty.
Temperature and humidity can damage stringed instruments. When kept in the wrong conditions, strings can snap. Glues and adhesives that hold the instrument together can also weaken.
Woodwind instruments are perhaps the most prone to damage. These types of instruments thrive in environments with humidity levels between 40-55 percent – anything higher will cause the instrument’s pads to swell and expand and can even cause mold to build up in the instrument because of moisture. Humidity levels below 40 percent will cause the woodwind to dry out and wooden parts to shrink, causing it to crack.
Brass instruments are the most resilient but should be kept in a climate controlled environment nonetheless.
Many people like to store their wine collections in storage rental units. However, fluctuating temperatures can accelerate wine aging and give it a metallic, oxidized taste. Imagine the disappointment for someone who has invested a lot of time and money into growing their collection.
Reduce your risk by opting for climate controlled storage. That way, you can ensure that your collection is in a place with a consistently cool temperature.