Packing Up For Winter Storage - Mini U Storage

October 9, 2020

Packing Up For Winter Storage

Climate controlled storage is a pretty big deal for those who live in places where it gets cold. Not only can climate control protect your belongings from melting or warping during the height of summer, it can also keep them safe during the cold winter months. Heat often brings humidity along with it, but in areas where it rarely gets cold enough to snow or freeze, winter is the ‘wet’ season of the year. Both extreme cold and generally high humidity can cause lasting damage to things kept in your garage, but the same is true of any ordinary self storage unit as well.
If heat can warp, melt, or bend your items, excessive exposure to the cold tends to shrink, crack, or warp items in other ways. Even if your belongings are packed tightly, or kept off the ground in even sophisticated insulated containers, extended periods of storage in cold temperatures will still have adverse effects. All it can take is one night of particularly low temperatures to cause irreversible damage to your belongings. In warmer areas, winter usually means rain, and even in the warmest parts of the country, overnight temperatures can often reach extreme lows and produce frost from all of the condensation present. High humidity can cause a lot of damage on its own, to a wide variety of items, but combine that with temperature fluctuations? Even furniture that isn’t very susceptible to abrupt temperature changes can bow, split, crack, or dry rot if exposed to humidity in combination with a shift in temperature.
Even if you don’t believe you really need climate controlled storage for most of the year, it can be invaluable during a season of extreme temperatures. Month to month leasing allows you to shift your belongings from one unit to another, so you can enjoy all the benefits of climate control only if you feel it is necessary, and not have to pay for it when the weather changes again. For those of you with delicate belongings that will certainly need the protection virtually all year, however, climate controlled storage is a necessity. Because of that, we are proud to offer climate control in a variety of unit sizes, so that you can find what works best for you. This doubles up on benefits for clients with a lot of belongings to store. You can keep only your delicate belongings like paperwork, antiques, or heirlooms in a smaller, climate controlled space, while the bulk of your belongings find their home in one of our larger, warehouse-style units. This allows you to have the best of both, and keeps you under budget.
When storing things for a long time, even in mild climates, you should strongly consider climate controlled options year-round, to increase the quality of care your belongings will receive for years to come. If you’d like to browse our selection of climate controlled options, click on the location nearest you, or if you have any questions about our climate control options, just give us a call. Contact us today to see what we can help you accomplish today! You can reach Mini U Storage online at customerservice@miniustorage.com or by phone at (866) 916-4648