Items that Should Always be in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit, Especially in Bismarck and Mandan North Dakota
Between Bismarck and Mandan, the winter season can be particularly cold with below freezing temperatures and layers of snow. With humidity year-round and warm summers, storage units can really take a hit if they don’t have climate control.
When temperatures reach below freezing, you’re not the only one who’s getting frost bite. A lot of storage units don’t offer climate control, and the items inside are left to freeze. In some cases, this isn’t much of a problem if you aren’t storing anything that sensitive to the cold. For example, if you’re storing holiday decorations, outdoor furniture, and some linens, you should be in the clear for freezing temperatures. However, there are a number of items that you might be storing that could get damaged during the winter season without the protection of climate control.
Electronics and Appliances
Anything from an old computer to a DVD player and TV set, you don’t want to store your electronics in sub-zero temperatures. Electronics can freeze and degrade significantly if they are exposed to very low temperatures. Think of it this way: if your cellphone starts to act up when it’s snowing, most of your other electronics, that are not equipped to be outside, will suffer also.
The same goes for your major appliances. Maybe you’re traveling for an extended period of time, and you need to store your laundry machine, or maybe you have an extra stove that you’ll need later. Whatever the case is, you don’t want these appliances to be stored in a freezing storage unit. Metals in the appliances can freeze and become brittle or warped with extremely cold temperatures.
Nothing’s worse than realizing that the items that you’d been saving in storage are unusable or broken.
Throughout the year, Bismarck and Mandan experience different levels of humidity. Moisture in the air, when not addressed properly, can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. Climate controlled storage units not only adjust the temperature, but keep the air dry.
Humidity can make its way into a number of things you didn’t know were at risk when you stored them. Anything paper like old letters, photo albums, documents, or artwork can be destroyed by moisture.
Additionally, any metals that are in your storage unit are at risk of rusting when exposed to this kind of moisture.
When it comes down to it, most of your stored items probably can’t survive against extreme weather conditions. If an item is stored for over a year and bears multiple, you can bet that it will experience some kind of wear.
Other items to consider are leathers, glassware, DVDs, tapes, cameras and photography equipment, and wines.
Don’t put your items at risk! Make sure your self-storage unit offers climate control, so you can keep your important belongings for longer. Ask us about our climate control. Let us know what kind of items you’ll be storing, and we can access if you need a climate controlled storage unit.