Here in the northeast, climate-controlled storage is essential for protecting prized possessions from extreme temperature shifts and excess moisture. It maintains a steady, moderate temperature and continually circulates air as the first line of defense against property damage from hot and humid summers and frigidly cold winters.
In this post, we’re covering a few of the items that require climate-controlled storage and a few tips for deciding whether climate control is the way to go for other belongings you want to store.
Items that require climate-controlled storage
The mechanical components in household appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, washers, and dryers are prone to rust, cracking, and other damage when exposed to harsh temperatures in the summer and winter. Toss this item into the climate-controlled storage category.
Most art sellers recommend storing artwork in temperate conditions to prevent damage to the frame or the art itself. Dry air, excess moisture, and extreme temperatures can cause cracking, warping, discoloration, or other harm that could compromise the integrity of the piece. This item must have climate control.
Books and Magazines
When exposed to moisture and extreme elements, your favorite books and magazines could be subject to mold, mildew, and other potential damage. Climate-controlled storage can do wonders to preserve the quality of your favorite reads.
Canned and Bottled Goods
If you’ve stocked up on water or canned goods for a rainy day or an upcoming camping trip, climate-controlled storage can maintain their freshness and safety. Wine is another excellent candidate for this type of storage to help prevent spoiling.
Whether you collect coins, stamps, sports cards, or something else, storing them in moderate temperatures can help protect them from tarnishing, warping, mold, and mildew from extreme outdoor conditions. Consider this item a climate-controlled must.
Legal documents, medical records, business forms are ideal examples of important documents that can benefit from climate-controlled storage. Too much moisture can render these items illegible or damaged.
If you’re storing TVs, computers, video game systems, DVD players, or recording equipment, reserve a climate-controlled storage unit to protect them from damage in extreme temperatures and humidity.
Furniture and Antiques
Wood and leather furniture are more good contenders for climate-controlled storage to prevent rotting, warping, discoloration, and mildewing. Regardless of the material, put valuable antiques in this climate-controlled category, too.
Makeup and Toiletries
Personal items, such as makeup and toiletries, are other items that belong in climate-controlled storage to prevent mold and spoilage. Be sure to check the expiration date before using these items after retrieving them from storage.
If you collect records, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, or videotapes, or any other type of media, look to climate-controlled storage to ensure they maintain their integrity until you meet again.
Climate-controlled storage can prevent snapped guitar strings, cracked or shrunken woodwind instruments, and corroded and bacteria-filled brass instruments to protect your investment.
Photos and Film
Whether you’re a photographer or simply cherish sentimental photographic memories, choose climate-controlled storage to protect them from mold, discoloration, and other damage from moisture and extreme temperatures.
How to know if an item needs climate-controlled storage
The above list of items that require climate-controlled storage is in no way exhaustive. You may come across other personal possessions that need protection from extreme heat, cold, and humidity. So, how will you know which items belong where? Use the criteria below to help you decide.
An item belongs in climate-controlled storage if it:
- Is sensitive to extreme cold or heat
- Is rare, sentimental, or valuable
- Can mold, mildew, warp, crack, or discolor when exposed to moisture
- Can expand or contract with humidity
- Requires storage at certain temperatures, such as artwork and wine