Self Storage and Temperature Extremes

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When you’re looking into self-storage, beware the burning heat and bitter cold. Temperature extremes can damage your belongings faster than anything except water. Here are self storage tips on preventing damage to your stored items due to temperature extremes.

Assess Your Storage Needs

The ability to store extra items outside of your home in a safe and secure storage unit is a huge blessing. Whether you are preparing to move and need to empty your house or are just getting some things out from underfoot, storage units can answer the call remarkably well. You can customize your storage choices by selecting from various sizes of units, whether or not they are climate controlled, and whether or not the unit is accessible from outside or inside a building.

One of the biggest issues with using a non-climate controlled unit is summer heat and winter cold. Temperatures can fluctuate drastically in certain climates, with freezing temperatures of New England winters evolving into sweltering heat of summer. In the South, such as in Florida, heat and moisture are two of the biggest issues you will battle when storing your things.

If you are storing items for a short time, it may not be necessary to rent a climate-controlled unit during cooler and/or dryer weather. If you plan on storing items over several seasons, however, consider a climate-controlled unit in order to guarantee that your possessions won’t succumb to extremes of temperature. If you choose the non-climate controlled option, you can do a few things to help protect your items from heat and cold on a temporary basis.

Never Store Liquids

Some liquids are not acceptable in a storage unit at any time, including flammable liquids such as kerosene or gasoline, and liquids that emit noxious odors or vapors. Even benign liquids such as water can cause serious trouble in both winter and summer, however. Water expands as it freezes, so containers full of water may crack or shatter during frigid temperatures. In summer, water evaporates and humidifies the surrounding area, which can greatly encourage mold and mildew growth during hot summer months.

Don’t Store Items that will be Damaged by Freezing or Melting

There are very few things that don’t come to some sort of harm in unprotected freeze/thaw environments (just witness the new crop of potholes in the roads come spring). Your personal possessions must be tough indeed to come through several seasons of extreme temps completely unscathed. Store only items that will not be affected by cold or heat. Items and implements made of stainless steel or glass are acceptable, as are items and pieces of furniture made of very dense woods such as teak. Clothing and textiles may survive intact in the short term if packed loosely so that air can flow through the fabrics.

While temporary storage may not require a climate-controlled unit, you definitely do not want to risk damaging your personal possessions over the long term. Value Store It Self Storage offers climate-controlled units of various sizes in multiple locations in Florida, New York, and Connecticut. You can find your perfect storage unit today at Value Store It.