Storing Items the Smart Way

Controlling The Climate In Your Self-Storage Unit

by Timmothy Pena

Controlling the environment in your self-storage unit at a facility like East "O" Street Self Storage LLC can help to keep your items protected from damage. Renting a climate-controlled unit is the first step in protecting your items, as the temperature control shields your unit from extreme heat and cold. There are, however, several other things you can do to provide even more protection. Here are a few things you may want to consider as you look for a climate-controlled storage unit.

Moisture Control

Moisture can cause mold growth, and it can also damage fabrics and paper goods. To control the moisture in your unit, line the floor with flat cardboard boxes. The cardboard can absorb moisture in the air, keeping it away from your items. You may also want to consider investing in a small dehumidifier, which you can run while you are present inside the unit. You'll also want to avoid storing fabrics in plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and lead to potential damage.

Odor Control

Even with all the right climate control steps, you may find that your storage unit begins to have a stale or musty smell. This smell can permeate your storage boxes and the goods inside. You can use traditional air fresheners, such as those you might use in your home or your car. Potpourri sachets are another option for odor control. Lavender sachets can bring a pleasant scent to your unit while also helping to repel moths from your clothing and other fabrics. To keep clothing stored inside of boxes or plastic containers smelling fresh, consider adding a single scented dryer sheet inside of each container.

Dirt Control

Dirt and dust can build up over time, and the HVAC system vents in your self-storage unit may even introduce dust into your self-storage unit. You can prevent buildup on your items by using canvas waterproof tarps to cover your furniture and your shelving units. The waterproof construction helps to prevent moisture from accumulating on your items, and the canvas provides a protective layer that keeps dirt and dust away from your items. Be sure to secure the tarps with bungee cords to keep them in place. If you can't find these types of tarps, you can also opt for fabric drop cloths to protect your items.

Be sure to ask the storage facility about how it controls the temperature year-round. Knowing which temperature your items will be stored at can help you to determine which other types of preventative measures you'll want to take to keep your items looking great while in storage.