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What Items Should I Store in a Climate-Controlled Unit?

Although DAK Self-Storage’s climate-controlled units are initially more expensive, they can save you money. Paying extra to protect your processions is less expensive than replacing them. While some items you decide to store, do not need special attention, there are many items that do. They need to be stored at specific temperatures and humidity levels.

Berks County has a temperate climate. This means that the weather changes often. Sometimes we see summer weather that reaches over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter weather can also drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. These harsh conditions can damage unprotected items. This is why DAK Self-Storage offers climate-controlled units.

If you have any questions, you can contact DAK Self-Storage in Berks County. You can do so through our website or by calling, 610-926-1310. Below you will find a list of items that should be stored in a climate-controlled unit.

wall-cabinet-444638_960_720Furniture

Different furniture materials can be damaged by humidity and harsh temperatures. High humidity can cause wooden furniture to crack, bend, or rot. Wooden furniture should be stored in a low humidity. Some experts say that wood furniture can be safely stored between 65 – 78 degrees Fahrenheit. A safe humidity level is between 40 – 60 percent. It is also a good idea to treat your wood furniture before storing at DAK Self-Storage in Leesport.

Leather furniture is expensive to replace. You should protect your leather furniture from extremely high temperatures. Too much heat dries leather out and causes it to crack and break. Heat causes spots that may dry up and break off.  Vinyl is sensitive to frigid weather. Vinyl cannot breathe like leather. Thus, it can begin to crack when exposed to frigid weather for too long.

Appliances and Electronics

Most household appliances are either made of metal or contain metal components. Metal can rust when exposed to too much moisture. Rust can ruin the parts and cause your appliances to malfunction. DAK’s climate-controlled, self-storage units aid in protecting your household appliances from rust. You should also be sure to clean your appliances before storing. Bits of food, fuzz, etc., can attract pests that may further destroy your appliances.

For electronics, metal components and circuitry can become damaged by harsh temperatures and humidity. You can store some electronics in a normal storage unit short-term. Yet, if left for too long metal components may rust and wires may break. To guarantee protection, rent a climate-controlled unit from DAK Self-Storage in Berks County.

Collections

If you store your collection at DAK Self-Storage, you will want the best protection. You may want to store, comic books, figurines, toys, money, wine, etc. You will want to ensure that they come out of storage in the best quality possible. Climate-control helps protect collections from pests, fading, cracks, and element damage. Be sure to research how to protect and store your items before moving them to a DAK Self-Storage unit.

Artwork, Paper Documents, and Photos

photo-256887_960_720Harsh temperatures and high humidity can ruin artwork, photos and paper documents. Humidity causes ink and paint to run and blend together. Colors may fade, dissolve or mix with other colors. Ink and paint may become sticky. Then, photos and painting may begin to stick to each other. Then when you try to pull the pages apart, they may rip and tear.

Climate-controlled units are a must for storing art, documents, and photos. Also, be sure to research how to store your art and photos. DAK Self-Storage’s website contains a variety of blogs to help you store various items. If you can’t find what information you are looking for, contact DAK Self-Storage.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are delicate. They rely on a variety of factors to sound beautiful. You need to care for all the strings, valves, mouthpieces, and pipes often. If they need so much maintenance while in use, they need proper care while in storage as well. Climate control is a must. Climate-control helps keep moisture from ruining your instrument and temperatures from warping its shape. Damages instruments do not sound as beautiful as those in new conditions.

If you are storing instruments at DAK Self-Storage, we recommend using a climate-controlled unit. You can view available units here: https://ecom.quikstor.com/dakselfstorage/ShowAvailableUnits.aspx?action=rent.

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