The desert heat of Phoenix can be brutal and sometimes it can seem impossible to stay cool, especially in the summer months. You may be considering moving some of your items to a storage unit as a way to create space in your home or office, but it’s important to consider the conditions that your stored items will be in. Keep in mind that they will not be enveloped in the air condition you may have in your home or office, which keeps them at a comfortable temperature. Inanimate objects, just like people, animals, and plants may have temperature requirements as well, and if they are exposed to heat for long periods of time, it can affect their overall quality and in some cases can completely destroy certain types of stored items. Here is how to make sure your stored belongings survive the heat in Phoenix.
This may be the easiest precaution you can take if you are worried about the temperature your items are stored in. Many storage facilities offer a temperature-controlled environment, which can allow you to remain at ease as temperatures climb. Any temperature that is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit is dangerous for your stored items and can cause fabric to yellow and plastic or electronics to melt. The only sure way to know that your items will not be exposed to this dangerous temperature is to keep them in a controlled climate unit (many places offer units in controlled temperatures of 55 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit with varying forms of adjustability and range) that will not only protect them from dangerous heat, but will also make it more comfortable for you when you visit your unit to exchange items. Keep in mind that opting for a temperature-controlled unit can significantly affect your overall storage costs, but it’s certainly worth it if you have sensitive items you wish to keep in tact. Many storage facilities offer climate control for storage units of varying sizes with flexible lease terms, so you can choose which items are most important to keep cool in a smaller, temperature-controlled unit, and which items are fine for a basic storage unit if you are trying to cut costs. Climate control is especially important to consider if you are storing paintings or fine art, musical equipment, antiques, electronics, wine, or fine linens and clothing.
Make Sure Everything is Dry
Heat plus moisture is a mold and mildew paradise. While humidity is not often a problem in Phoenix, you do not want to take chances with any moisture entering your storage unit. When packing up your items, make sure everything is clean and dry.
Do Not Store Items During the Hottest Time of Year
If you cannot store your items in a temperature-controlled storage facility, rotate when you store particularly sensitive items so that they are not exposed to excessive heat during peak times of the year. Keep in mind that temperatures fluctuate and the conditions and temperature inside your storage unit might be different than they are outside. Create space for valuable items in your air-conditioned home during worrisome periods. In fact, the following items should probably not be stored in non-temperature controlled storage units with exposure to high heat at all:
- Family heirlooms or vintage items
- Fine linens or fine clothing
- Valuable or old books
- Musical Instruments
Leave small amounts of space between your items and around the inside perimeter of your storage unit to allow for air ventilation within the unit. There may not be significant exposure to a breeze, but the unit will still allow for some airflow, so allowing it between your items can marginally help keep your items cool (or at least prevent them from melting onto each other).
Especially if you cannot gain access to climate-controlled storage facilities, it’s important to take special care when packing and storing your items. Disassemble all furniture possible to prevent damage and double wrap in plastic sheeting, taking extra caution so that tape and adhesive does not adhere to the furniture. The plastic will also prevent access of potential insects and rodents. Polish metal furnishings to prevent oxidation before storing them away and try to store as many items as possible in their original boxes and packaging.
What are ways you have protected your items from storage when storing them in high-heat cities? Have you ever had any problems with heat-related damage? Share your experiences in the comments section below.
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