Why You’ll Need Climate Controlled Storage After Moving

Posted on Mar 10 2014 - 10:09pm by Brent Hardy

 

You’ve been busy locating new housing and packing up boxes, so the last thing you want to worry about is your belongings getting damaged after the move. Thinking ahead now can help prevent disasters (large or small) later.

 

There are several reasons you may need to protect your belongings with climate controlled storage after relocating. No matter which reason applies to you, when you select storage with climate control, your belongings are housed in a safe, constant environment. Temperatures within climate controlled storage units range from 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, climate controlled storage offers greater protection from humidity, dust and pests.

 

Why Youll Need Climate Controlled Storage After Moving

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After relocating, you may need climate controlled storage if these conditions apply to you:

 

You’re moving to an area with hot temperatures. 

Hot weather is one of the biggest enemies to climate-sensitive items like furniture and electronics. A heat wave can strike nearly any state, but Florida, Texas and Arizona residents have to deal with some of the hottest weather in the U.S. So, what’s the weather going to be like in your new state? When you’re relocating, you don’t have to guess. Research climate normals and records with NOAA.

 

Your new home city has high humidity.

Humidity can quickly destroy valuable belongings. Some cities in Texas and Louisiana are known for their high humidity, but high humidity is also found in Northeastern states like New Hampshire and Northwestern states like Washington.

 

Temperature extremes are likely.

Climate control is important when you’re living in an area where temperatures fall below 32 degrees or rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Both very hot and very cold temperatures can damage stored belongings like furniture and electronics, but when stored belongings are subjected to freezing and thawing temperatures, even more damage can result.

 

You’re downsizing, even temporarily.

You don’t have room for all of your belongings when you downsize after a move, but it can be worth hanging onto them for future use. Family heirlooms and antiques are some of the most popular items stored in climate controlled storage. It’s good to know that downsizing after a move doesn’t mean you have to give up sentimental or valuable climate-sensitive belongings.

 

Why Youll Need Climate Controlled Storage After Moving

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You’re storing valuables.

Certain valuable items should be stored in a climate controlled storage unit. Some examples include:

  • Classic cars
  • Artwork
  • Antiques
  • Wine

Read more about how heat and humidity can damage your belongings.

 

You’re storing climate-sensitive items.

Many common household items are susceptible to damage from temperature extremes and humidity, including:

  • Leather, wooden, metal or upholstered furniture
  • Electronics like computers, cameras, and stereos
  • Photos and negatives
  • CDs, DVDs, cassettes and vinyl records
  • Documents
  • Photographs

If storage is part of your move, I hope you’re now closer to deciding whether climate control is right for you. To learn more, find a self storage location near you.

 

Are you wondering whether you’ll need climate controlled storage after your move? What items are you considering storing with climate control?

 

Why Youll Need Climate Controlled Storage After Moving

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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