What's the Big Deal About Heated Self-Storage?by NW Storages on 07/27/18
Heated self-storage can be a great way to store certain household items that are susceptible to damage from extreme temperatures, moisture, or humidity. Here’s a brief explanation of what it is and the kinds of property that ought to be stored in a heated unit.
A heated self-storage unit is generally maintained at a specific minimum temperature, usually around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Often, people assume that the word “heated” means “warm,” but this is not exactly correct. The unit is warmer than the outside air on very cold days, but it’s not a comfortable, livable temperature. The temperature of the storage unit is meant to protect your property from various kinds of damage, such as mold, mildew, and musty odors from moisture, cracking from contraction due to cold, and more.
When storing your belongings, especially in colder times of year, consider renting a heated unit for the following items.
Musical Instruments. Your guitar, saxophone, trumpet, drums, even pianos . . . they’re all susceptible to damage from cold (contracting wood will crack and warp, for instance) and from the humidity that can result from colder temperatures, like damage to finishes. Heated self-storage costs a little more than other units, but musical instruments are a major investment you’ll want to protect.
Paper things. Important documents, photographs, and books all will benefit from being kept in a heated, moisture free environment. If you live in a very humid area, consider adding containers of silica gel (a dessicant) for extra protection from mold, mildew, and warping.
Art. Original paintings, lithographs, ceramics and sculptures will all be better off in heated self-storage. Just as with paper items and musical instruments, these items may warp, crack, bow or bend, develop mold, or end up with ruined finishes when stored in a normal unit.
Electronics. Obviously, moisture is damaging to electronic items, so controlling humidity in storage is important. And while things like computers and monitors benefit from being kept cool, very cold temperatures can damage housings, cables, and other hardware. Protect your electronics in heated self storage.
Other belongings, like sporting goods, tools, furniture, and even vehicles can all benefit from heated self-storage, too. When renting storage, consider renting heated space for everything; a slightly higher price for your storage is worth it when everything comes out the unit undamaged and in the same condition it went in.