Wow! Unbelievable freezing cold weather to start the New Year, with temperatures plummeting well below normal in the Southern Ontario region. We’re all making sure that our families, friends and neighbours who are vulnerable to the cold are warm and safe.

And you’re wondering whether the valuables you have in storage are doing okay, particularly if they’re stored in your garage! That will all depend on the specific items being stored, the time of the year, and the length of time they are stored. A self-storage unit may be a good option to store your valuables. When selecting the type of storage required at a storage facility, choose Climate Controlled Storage for books and paper items, records and CD’s, leather, delicate fabrics, antiques, electronics, metals, wood furniture, musical instruments, special collections, and artwork. These types of items are susceptible to damage from hot to cold temperatures throughout the year. Here are some of the reasons to choose climate controlled storage for specific valuables.

Musical instruments:
Choose climate controlled for electronic, string, wind, percussion and brass instruments to protect against corrosion, rust, rot, warping, mold and mildew.

Artwork and paper items:
Paintings and fine art pieces are better stored in a climate controlled environment as temperature swings cause shrinkage and expansion as well as mold and mildew. Paper items like photographs, books, magazines can yellow when exposed to climate changes. Protect these items with climate controlled storage.

Electronics:
This group of items include appliances (including ranges, microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers, dryers), televisions, computers, cameras, speakers, electronic toys and gadgets, and video games, where corroded or rusted circuitry will cause malfunction.

Special collections, items with significant or sentimental value:
A temperature controlled environment will help maintain items such as coin and stamp collections which can be damaged by temperature changes and humidity. Protect highly valued items such as antiques in climate controlled environments.

Vinyl records and CD’s:
Optical discs – Optical discs like CDs, DVDs and Vinyl records are better suited in cool, dry environments.

Clothing and Leathers:
Climate control is the preferred option for keeping fabrics dry. Delicate fabrics, leathers, and clothing items can be damaged by mold, mildew and pests. Climate controlled storage is a better option than the garage.

Business documents and inventory items:
Protect your business and investments with climate controlled storage and reduce the risk of loss to inventory that can be affected by climate change or humidity.

Seasonal items:
After they’ve done their job, seasonal items like Christmas decorations store well in climate controlled units, where metal, plastic and electronic items such as lights are protected from the development of corrosion and rust.

Climate controlled storage is a good option when using a self-storage facility. The primary reason is to protect your valuables during the four seasons where extreme temperature changes and humidity can cause damage to your valuables.

Still not sure? Call us at Self Stor for solid storage advice. It will feel so good to see the back wall of the garage again!