The Top Items You Need Climate Controlled Storage To Keep Safe

Posted on: 29 July 2019

Why do you need climate-controlled storage? Unlike other types of self-storage, this type of unit is an absolute necessity in certain situations. If you're not sure which type of storage is right for you, take a look at the most common items that need a consistent climate.

Leather Goods

Leather furniture, clothing, and other items require a low-moisture, low-light environment with a steady temperature. A moist environment can cause mold or mildew to grow on the leather. But this doesn't mean you need a storage unit that's completely devoid of all humidity. Excessively dry storage can cause the leather to stiffen or crack.

Like moisture, extreme temperatures can contribute to the destruction of your prized pieces. A hot storage unit can also promote mold or mildew growth and a cold environment can make the material too stiff and prone to cracks.

Wood Furniture

Along with your leather goods, wood furniture also requires a consistent climate. Hot and humid storage environments can warp wood or cause it to rot. This can permanently damage your tables, chairs, bed frames, and other hand-crafted pieces. A unit with a controlled climate can stop the destruction moisture- and temperature-related expansion and contraction will eventually cause.

Paper Items

Important documents, collectibles (such as comics, stamps, or magazines), and other keepsake paper products require a controlled climate for successful storage. Humidity, moisture, and heat are the primary threats to your paper items in storage. The wrong climate can cause paper to curl and warp or promote mildew and mold growth.

Fine Art

Not only will moisture and high heats damage your magazines and comics, but these climate issues can also ruin fine art. Paintings, drawings, collages, and other pieces are highly susceptible to environmental stress. Along with climate control, you should carefully prepare art for storage. This includes the use of acid-free paper, custom art storage crates, and plenty of padding.

Family Photos

You shouldn't store your family photos in your basement or attic. The same goes for an uncontrolled climate in a storage facility. High temperatures can cause photos to stick together. Couple this with moisture (from humidity) and the pictures can curl, curve, mold, or deteriorate. Store photos in archival albums in a low-moisture, mid-temperature environment.

Climate controlled storage is a must if you have leather or wood furniture, important/valuable paper products, fine art, or family photos. The ability to control the environment will help to keep these items safe and reduce the risks of humidity and temperature-related damage.