Renting a storage unit is a good way to organize your belongings so your home isn't so crowded. However, you want to make sure your things survive being in storage without being damaged. For instance, low temperatures in the winter might be harmful for some of your belongings. The swing from freezing temperatures to milder ones during unpredictable weather can be even worse. You may want to rent a heated self storage unit so the temperature doesn't drop too low, and so the climate in the storage unit stays fairly stable. Here are some things that might be damaged in a unit that gets too cold.
Appliances And Electronic Equipment
Anything that relies on electronics to operate could be damaged in very cold weather. This includes a stove with an electronic control panel and a television. Many modern appliances have electronic control boards and these can crack in extreme temperatures. Computers and other devices should also be stored in a heated unit. Although a heated storage unit might cost more, it is worth it to spare the expense of damaging sensitive electronic items and appliances.
Expensive Wood Furniture
If you have wood furniture that has sentimental value or that would be expensive to replace, then you may want to store it in a heated unit. Wood expands and contracts when the temperature and humidity levels change. Rapid changes in the environment are hard on wood since the expansion and contraction can lead to warping and cracking. In very cold weather, the wood contracts and dries out. This can cause changes to the appearance of the furniture due to fading or development of cracks. The cold weather can affect metal hinges and other parts too. If you have antique furniture or if you just don't want to risk harming any of your pieces while they are in storage, then renting a heated unit is a good idea.
Artwork And Important Documents
Paper can be damaged during prolonged cold temperatures. It may discolor and turn brittle. If you store business records, important documents, photographs, or artwork, these might be damaged when the temperatures drop too low. Books might suffer damaged too, especially those with leather covers since cold temperatures are hard on leather as well. It's probably best to rent a heated unit if you plan to store documents, collectibles, or artwork just to be sure they are kept in a temperature range that reduces the risk of damage.
While fabrics can mold and decay when they are kept in a hot and humid environment, they can also be damaged by conditions that are too cold. It's best to avoid storing clothing made from delicate fabrics in a storage unit without climate control. Climate control protects the fabric and guards against mold and insect damage as well.
If you're unsure if you need a heated unit, keep in mind that a unit without heat will be just as cold inside as it is outside. Your belongings will be protected from wind and snow, but they'll still feel the effects of changes in temperature and humidity unless the unit is heated.