With the Polar Vortex sweeping through the Midwest, it’s no secret that temperatures in this area can get dangerously cold. Homes were heated, water left running to prevent frozen pipes, faces properly covered to avoid frostbite, and the Midwest proved itself to be victorious against the frigid temperatures. But what about the valuables that you no longer have room for in your home? How are they faring this winter? You can help your valuables survive the winter with temperature-controlled storage.
Benefits of Temperature Controlled Storage
What are the benefits of using a temperature-controlled storage unit? We’re glad you asked. Temperature controlled environments protect valuable items against damage from extreme temperature changes. This is especially important as the weather changes from the extreme cold of winter to the warmer temperatures of summer. This shift can cause many materials to warp, constrict, expand, or crack depending on the composition.
Optimal temperature varies slightly for each material, but there are a few guidelines to follow. Artwork should be stored between 60-75 degrees, electronics should be stored between 50-80 degrees, and wood materials such as furniture or instruments should be stored between 55-85 degrees. When in doubt, think of it this way – you don’t want your valuables to be stored in any temperature condition that you wouldn’t be comfortable sleeping in. With Midwest temperatures frequently dropping way below the freezing point, it’s clear that most items will need temperature-controlled storage to avoid damage.
When to Use Temperature Controlled Storage
How do you know if your belongings need temperature control? If you’re planning to have any of these items stored, you’ll definitely want the extra protection that temperature-controlled storage units provide.
Electronics – Televisions, computers, and other electronic equipment all contain delicate components that are sensitive to temperatures on either end of the spectrum. Plasma TVs, for example, are especially sensitive to extreme temperature shifts.
Furniture – This includes wood, leather, and upholstery. When exposed to extreme temperatures, wood furniture can warp or crack over time. In addition, temperature control is essential for leather furniture, which can be easily discolored or damaged.
Instruments – Whether brass, woodwind, strings, or percussion, all instruments need special protection against extreme temperatures. Cold environments cause brass and wood instruments to contract, making them especially susceptible to damage from colder temperature.
Artwork – Paintings and other fine works of art can be destroyed if not properly stored. Left in unregulated environments, these types of items will expand or shrink as the temperature changes.
Collector’s Items – It no surprise that collector’s items should be treated with special care. Coins, stamps, postcards, and the like will need the extra protection of temperature control if being stored.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but you get the idea – many items do better in temperature regulated environments. If you’re looking for secure storage this winter, look no further than Alliance Moving & Storage. Our climate-controlled storage units offer the benefits of both temperate control and humidity control, meaning that your belongings will be safe during any season. If you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at 847-378-4949.