In the age of minimalism and Marie Kondo-style decluttering, coupled with the trend to smaller condos and the competition for real estate in regions like the GTA, a lot of people are looking towards self-storage solutions to store all types of items, including furniture, electronics, seasonal items, etc., and to do so long-term or just until they find a new home for excess items.. But just like the instruction manual that details how these items should be used, they also have unique storage requirements that must be met in order to keep them in good condition, whether for resale or for future use or just to keep things for the special memories that owners may have for them.
One of the most important and highly sensitive storage requirements of items is climate control. For instance, furniture can be prone to humidity damage; parts in TV and stereo sets and other electronics can break down when these are stored in rooms that are too hot and without proper ventilation. Similarly, prolonged exposure to heat and excess moisture can cause mold and damage to grow on prized paintings and photographs. All these scenarios indicate poor storage conditions—and are why temperature and ventilation control can be the difference between preserving the function and aesthetic value of prized possessions, and the erosion of the memories behind them.
Shopping around for a self-storage unit? Here’s why you need temperature and fresh air supplied and controlled storage
Much like their owners, many items that land in storage units need to be stored in the right temperature for proper safekeeping and optimal function and appearance. Even in modern homes and buildings, extreme weather conditions plague household appliances, electronics, decor, and other prized possessions, making them prone to damage due to prolonged exposure to both extreme heat and cold.
A climate controlled storage unit serves to limit and helps reduce extremes in temperature. So no matter the weather outside—whether it’s the freezing winter or the scorching heat—prized antiques, musical instruments, vintage books and toys, important documents, and household effects can be safely stored and protected from damage caused by exposure to extreme temperatures.
Free of Dust and Debris
Chances are, a lot of the items you decide to move to a storage unit are just gathering dust in the attic. Additionally, it’s also common for these items to be hiding debris in their crevices, which can cause lasting damage.
A well-run storage facility will be clean and well managed to prevent and control dust as well as pests of various kinds – any of which may damage your contents in your storage unit.
Humidity control and fresh air circulation are an important measure in controlling internal storage environments, in order to help prevent damage to stored items. Excess humidity on a continuous basis can affect just about any type of item stored, and create conditions that are ripe for the formation of mold or wood decay, as well as corrosion in electronics. Aside from potential damage to furniture and electronics, drastic changes in humidity can also affect valuables such as documents, expensive liquor, books, artworks, musical instruments, and antiques.
You Can’t Put a Price on Quality Service
At the end of the day, climate control is only one element that you should consider when you rent a storage unit. Service, security, location convenience, site cleanliness, etc. are all equally important when you make your choice for a self-storage facility. Best guide when making a choice – visit the facility and see if what you like or need is being offered or is available.
Price, while obviously a consideration, is not the sole determinant. (On the subject of price, notice if the facility asks for payment every month or every 4 weeks – the 4-week billing will cost you about 8% more! Ask about move-in discounts, or prepayment discounts.) More importantly, a well-run self-storage facility is the best guarantee that you will get your goods back in the same condition as when you put them in storage. You want to ensure that the memories and milestones encoded in your items come back well preserved!
Putting some goods in storage? Your prized possessions need the best protection. Abacus Self Storage offers climate-controlled storage units with 24/7 security and other site operating features that will preserve your items. Call us at (289) 807-1033 or contact us here to get a custom quote.