Don’t Trash Your Treasures this Winter: A Look at Temperature-Controlled Storage

Perhaps more than any other time in recent history, the turn of the calendar year can’t come soon enough. Along with hopeful anticipation for brighter days ahead, ‘tis the season for winter in the Northeast – nor’easters and all. If you’re considering a self-storage facility in Bayonne, Jersey City, or Brooklyn, the winter weather conditions may not immediately cross your mind as you search, but they should.

In this post, we’re exploring the importance of temperature-controlled storage, starting with a look at how Old Man Winter could trash your treasures – and how you can prevent it.

How Winter Can Damage Your Belongings

In a non-climate-controlled storage environment, winter’s dry air, freezing temperatures, and seeping moisture can wreak havoc on your belongings, often causing irreparable damage, such as:

  • Tarnished metals
  • Sticky or pulpified paper collectibles
  • Rotted, warped, or cracked wood
  • Discolored or mildewed leather
  • Cracked or rusted electronic and mechanical components
  • Molded and mildewed clothing, wine, and upholstered furniture
  • Shrunk or cracked woodwind instruments
  • Corroded or bacteria-laden brass instruments and other brass-based belongings
  • Snapped strings on string instruments
  • Warped, cracked, or otherwise damaged photos and artwork
  • Moisture-damaged documents and files

Preventing this and other types of damage is simple: look for temperature-controlled storage.

Continue reading to learn what it is and where to find a temperature-controlled storage facility near you.

What is Temperature-Controlled Storage?

As its name implies, temperature-controlled storage controls the temperature inside your storage unit, usually holding it steady between 55°F and 85°F. Temperature-controlled storage units have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning incorporated into their construction and are thoroughly insulated for greater temperature stability. These units are located in a storage facility’s interior rather than on the exterior, where they’re even more protected from winter’s frigid grasp.

Climate-controlled storage is just like temperature-controlled storage, only better. It goes beyond temperature control to frequently circulate air for an added barrier against dust and debris, providing even more peace of mind that your belongings are safe from exposure to the elements.

What to Store in Temperature-Controlled Storage

While temperature-controlled storage is useful for virtually any item you want to store, it’s particularly beneficial for sensitive and valuable items, such as:

  • Collectibles
  • Electronics
  • Wine
  • Wood and laminate
  • Antiques
  • Photos and artwork
  • Musical instruments
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Appliances
  • Important documents
  • Canned/bottled goods
  • CDs, DVDs, and cassette and VHS tapes

Learn more about what to store in temperature-controlled storage units.

Not only does temperature-controlled storage protect your items from damage during winter months and beyond, but it’s also more comfortable for you! No more freezing your fingers and toes when it’s time to drop off or pick-up items from your unit – and that’s a little something that can help start the New Year off right.

Find Temperature-Controlled Storage Near You

With three temperature-controlled storage locations here to serve you in the NY/NJ metro area, we offer the cleanliness, security, and convenience you need for your busy life. We pride ourselves on unmatched professionalism, exceptional customer service, and a unique knack for helping you feel at home here. It’s why we call ourselves your happy space.

Explore our temperature-controlled storage near you:


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When it comes to finding temperature-controlled storage units for your valuables and belongings this winter, our facilities are like a warm walk in the park. We lead the industry in providing precisely what New Yorkers and New Jerseyans expect from self-storage – and more. Ring in the New Year with temperature-controlled storage and keep your treasures safe from harm, no matter the season. We invite you to stop by our facilities to check us out or reach out to lea