Do you have valuable electronics such as computers, video game consoles, entertainment systems, or displays that need to go into storage? Are all of your storage options in areas with near-constant stormy, humid, or otherwise wet weather? It's possible to keep the humidity down and maintenance visits low, but you'll need to know what to protect and how to select the right features. Here are a few vital areas to inspect when looking through storage facilities in bad weather areas.
Humidity Reduction Starts At Building Integrity
Electronics have metal internal components, such as gold contacts and copper traces. Corrosion affects some metals, while rust is a problem with others, but they're both accelerated by water. Especially in coastal areas where rainy weather can bring salt water into the air, you could end up with a corroded, broken apart set of circuits that are cheaper to replace than repair.
To stop this, you'll need a well-sealed storage facility. This rules out using storage sheds or any storage units that lack doors with seals. You need to check the corners and edges of any storage unit for gaps that allow light or air to get through, since humidity can get through as well.
The storage unit doesn't need to be perfectly sealed, but rainwater leakage shouldn't be an issue. The only major air movement should be from the air conditioning ventilation.
Air Conditioning And Dehumidifiers
For the best chance at reducing humidity without constantly visiting the facility to wipe down your systems, choose a facility with air conditioning. Air conditioning is fairly common in storage facilities, but not a guarantee.
Air conditioning in the business office and hallways does not mean air conditioning in the storage unit. Make sure that air conditioning services are included as a part of your contract, just to make sure that your storage unit's air conditioning isn't considered a "privilege" when systems break down.
Air conditioning removed humidity as a passive part of the cooling process. Air is pulled through the system and cooled, and the humidity is turned either to ice or liquid water that pools up near the air conditioning area.
To get a guaranteed level of dry air, ask for a storage unit with power connections and install your own dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers can be bought for specific room capacities, and are usually measured via length, width, and height. Get the room dimensions for your storage unit of choice from the storage facility staff or measure it yourself, and share that information with dehumidifier vendors/manufacturers if you're not sure about which dehumidifier models to choose.
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10 October 2017
Hello, my name is Stella Vincent. Welcome to my website about personal storage facilities. When I was a college-bound scholar, I had to decide if I would sell, throw out or store my belongings. Since I had so many high-value and sentimental items, I decided to store them until I returned from college. The process of selecting and setting up a storage facility was stressful because I did not know what to expect. Since then, I have learned the ropes and wish to share my knowledge with you all through this site. I invite you to come by anytime you need to learn more about acquiring a personal storage unit.