If you are going to store your belongings in a non-temperature controlled self-storage unit there are several important things to consider. Storing items in non-temperature controlled storage is very similar to storing your items in a detached garage. While it will be protected from weather events, it will also be exposed to the extreme temperatures and humidity of our natural environment. So what items work best in non-temperature controlled units and what should be avoided? We’ve broken that down in the list below.
- What not to store: Let us start with what you definitely do not want to place in a non-temperature self-storage unit. Never store electronics (flat screen TV’s), leather, paintings, or photos in a non-temp unit.
- Household items: Furniture, boxes, and appliances are fine as long as they don’t stay in storage for longer than three months. But be sure to not use plastic to wrap anything in a non-temperature unit because this will trap in moisture and cause mold.
- Mattresses: If it can be avoided, I would not suggest storing a mattress in a non-temp controlled space. However, if you do, I would not place it in plastic as mattresses are not as clean as we would all love to think they are, and it’s possible that bacteria could grow from the moisture and heat. If you do place a mattress in a non-temp unit, just buy a couple of cheaper fitted sheets and place them on either side of the mattress to keep it clean and free of dust.
- Drive up non-temp storage units: this type of non-temperature controlled unit is not completely sealed off from the outside air. These units need to be able to “breathe” so this will allow some dust and pollen to make it inside of the units. To cover items in this type of storage unit, it is best to use a thin sheet because it will not trap moisture.
If you have any of the above items in storage for longer than three months, you may want to consider temperature control units. Now, obviously, there are items that do not ever have to be stored in temperature controlled like lawn mowers, lawn equipment, tools etc. Those items can be place in a non-temperature controlled unit for as long as needed without any worry. But if you’re not sure which type of storage unit works best for you, be sure to speak with your StorPlace manager. Our team is here to help you select the storage solution that is best for you, and have the knowledge and expertise to point you in the right direction.