A common concern among those who need to place their personal belongings in storage—whether for a short- or long-term period of time—is their safety from exposure to extreme heat, cold, or humidity.
Temperature-controlled storage units are ideal for belongings such as photographs, scrapbooks, furniture, antiques, artwork, instruments, sports equipment, electronic devices, media, appliances, and clothing. Though these may be pricier than others, their ability to protect valuables from the wear and tear of the elements is priceless.
When Weather Matters
No matter the material, environmental conditions can wreak havoc. Wood tends to warp, crack, or rot when exposed to moisture; similarly, leather has a tendency to become discolored and is susceptible to mold and mildew. Electronic devices may crack or rust, rendering them unusable, or potentially dangerous to operate. Paper items, including precious photographs and important documents, can disintegrate over time, becoming illegible.
Damage typically directly correlates to the duration an item is in storage, which can span rather extreme shifts in temperature and humidity. Outside elements can infiltrate a unit at any point, unless specifically protected. Ideal climate for the majority of possessions safely ranges between 55 and 85 degrees F.
Factors to Consider
Before selecting a storage unit, consider how many seasons you intend your belongings to be there. Geographic zones may contribute to this as well, as the more extreme the outdoor conditions, the more likely they may be to infiltrate the storage facility. As temperatures cycle between hot and cold, metal, wood and plastics can warp and weaken; clothing and other fabrics will begin to wear down as well, leading to mold or mildew.
Steinway Moving & Storage features temperature-controlled storage units to choose from, so you can rest assured that your belongings are being well protected from the elements. This, in addition to a meticulous inventory system, enhanced security measures, and personalized attention to detail, ensures that your belongings are safe and secure for the duration of their stay.