With the changing seasons comes changing weather. Temperatures drop, snow starts to fall, the air dries out, and everything everywhere shifts - just a little. If you want to be prepared for winter, you’ll have to shift just a little, too. That means making sure everything you own has what it needs to survive the cold.
Some of your stuff has an easier time with winter temperatures than other stuff. Sometimes, the best way to protect something over winter is simply to store it somewhere warm. Here are four temperature-sensitive things you should definitely move into climate controlled storage before it’s too late.
Paper gets very brittle in cold temperatures. When paper gets brittle, it cracks and tears very easily. If you have important family photos or letters, we strongly recommend keeping them in a climate-controlled area. Paper that’s already old is doubly sensitive to the harshness of dry, cold winter air. Keep any valuable paper products inside whenever temperatures begin to plummet in order to maintain their quality.
This might sound counter-intuitive. After all, it’s literally called “outdoor furniture.” Counter-intuitive or not, however, leaving outdoor furniture outside during the winter is risky. First, it might provide shelter for rodents or other pests. Then there’s the risk that extreme temperatures could force it to warp or buckle. If you live in a snowy area, snow could pile up on the furniture and strain or soil it.
All of these potential problems are easily fixed by wiping down your furniture and storing it away this fall. That way, the furniture stays safe, out of the way, and ready for you to enjoy again next year. You’re probably not going to use it outside this winter anyway. You might as well keep it safe in the meantime!
During winter, you should run your car as close to every day as possible. If you don’t, different components could lock up, freeze, or warp in the cold. If you own a car that you don’t use nearly every day, consider storing it somewhere temperature controlled.
If you don’t store an unused car in winter, you may find it doesn’t start in spring. Before you put the car in storage, be sure to give it a little TLC. Inflate the tires, top off the fluids, wash it, and make sure it’s working alright. When you store the car, roll down the windows just a little to let it air. Investing in a quality car storage unit will really help you keep your car running long term.
Most physical media is sensitive to temperature changes. Extreme cold can make DVDs, blu-rays, or videogames crack, shatter, or warp. Everyone’s probably been guilty of leaving loose media in cars or boxes to use “later.” Unfortunately, that “later” use may never happen if the disc gets too beat up before you find it again.
Consider keeping any physical media you’re not currently using in an appropriate organizer in your home or storage. Keeping it in a temperature controlled environment will help you keep your movie collection safe.
Who hasn’t put an old DVD player on a shelf in the attic and forgotten about it? Unfortunately, however, the convenient storage spaces in our homes often aren’t as temperature controlled as they ought to be. Drafts leak in, humidity climbs uncomfortably high, and valuables break or warp.
Storing electronics in places with stagnant, cold air makes them more than twice as likely to stop working permanently. You don’t want a bunch of broken electronic garbage sitting around in your home.
Climate controlled storage means that you never have to worry about the integrity of your more sensitive items. Instead, you can keep them organized and put away, ready to use whenever you need them.
Call the team at Storage Direct today to find out which of our customizable solutions best works for your needs.