Common Storage Problems That Climate Control Prevents

Posted on: 17 August 2021

Keeping items in storage can be really convenient. It's a great way to rid your home of clutter, and it can come in really handy when you're in the midst of a move, too. Storage units have become known for a few key problems over the years. But the good news is that climate control, which has become far more common in the storage industry lately, helps solve or mitigate most of these problems. Here's a closer look at each of these common issues and how climate control helps address them.

Issue #1: Mold

When you tell people you're going to rent a storage unit, do they warn you that you're going to arrive back months later to find moldy furniture and clothing? Mold in storage units used to be a really big concern—so much so that people would avoid putting soft, porous items into storage. Thankfully, climate control really helps keep mold at bay. Mold needs moisture to thrive. In a climate-controlled storage unit, the humidity level is kept low enough that mold growth won't occur. Climate-controlled storage units are also kept a bit cooler in the summer, which can help keep the temperature out of the range that promotes mold growth (about 60 to 80 degrees.)

Issue #2: Dry, Cracked Wood and Leather

You may have also been told not to put wood or leather items in storage. You may have heard that the leather and wood would crack because they would become too dry. This is another problem that is prevented with climate control. The humidity level in climate-controlled storage units is kept high enough to prevent items from drying out and cracking. This should give you some peace of mind if you live in a dry, desert-like climate.

Issue #3: Bugs

Cockroaches, ants, earwigs are pests you may be concerned about when storing your belongings. Climate-controlled storage can help with this concern. These pests generally only move in when they have a source of moisture. So, keeping a storage unit less humid will go a long way towards deterring them. Of course, you will also want to avoid bringing any items that could be considered food, like ovens with crumbs in the bottom. But overall, the chance of a pest problem is much lower in a climate-controlled unit.

Climate control has transformed the storage industry. A lot of the problems that used to be common in storage units are no longer big concerns thanks to climate control.

For more information, reach out to a company like Inland Boat and Storage.