When to Use a Temperature Controlled Unit

heated and cooled and non-heated and cooled storage unitsMany people ask, “I’m not sure if I need a heated and cooled unit.. Why would I need one?”  There are actually a few good reasons why heated and cooled storage unit would be needed for one’s belongings. Storplace Self Storage can help you with your storage unit decision making.

First of all, how long you will be storing your items plays a big factor in deciding if you need to rent a heated and cooled or non-heated and cooled unit. Typically, if your belongings are going to be stored for more than three months, you will definitely want to use a temperature controlled storage unit.  These units are well insulated. They also provide protection from outside elements, such as humidity during the summer months and extreme cold during the winter months.

Secondly, if you are storing any electronics, antiques or antique furniture, leather or suede furniture, pictures or paintings, or tools; you will want to rent a temperature controlled storage unit for these items. These items are, what we call “temperature sensitive” and can easily be ruined if left to the extreme outside temperatures. Temperatures that we feel may not be very extreme for us can be extreme for the items previously listed.  If any of those items are left outside for long periods of time, considerable damage could be done to them. Electronics with cords and wires can short out if they come in contact with humidity or dew.  Antique furniture can warp with humidity and possibly develop mold if left outside too long. If leather and suede furniture are left to the elements over a period of time, they will actually start to expand with the summer heat and contract in the winter cold, causing them to start cracking and possibly peeling. We certainly all know that a leather or suede couch does not look appealing when it is peeling and there are cracks all over with the insides of the couch poking through.  Pictures and paintings, depending on what material they are made of, can warp, peel, turn color, or possibly grow mold when left to the elements over several months.

Metal tools left in a humid climate where dew could possibly develop on them can develop rust. Storing tools is not typically thought of when thinking about a heated and cooled unit. But for someone who has invested many, many dollars into their tools for their profession and have good quality items, they most certainly do not want their tools rusting. When that happens, the tool cannot be salvaged and hundreds of dollars go down the drain.

When thinking about renting a storage unit, think about what all you want to put in the unit. Make a list and think about each item’s sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Also when making the list, estimate how many boxes and big pieces of furniture you will store. Look to see what pieces can be broken down and what pieces have to stay together. Knowing all of these things ahead of time will make it easier to find what size and type of storage unit you will need.  Come in or call the StorPlace Self Storage facility closest to you and let us help you get the right size and type of storage unit you need for all of your important items.

 

 

 

Summer Storage-Free Up Your Garage, Attic and Closets

Summer in Tennessee

Summertime is here! It is time to work on some more cleaning projects inside and outside your home, including cleaning out your garage, basement and closets! The summer is a great time to clean out the garage to have easier access to your lawnmower and gardening equipment. A great solution to give you more room in the garage is to move your belongings into a storage unit. This will leave room to park your car and maybe, your new boat, in the garage and still give you easy access to your lawn and gardening tools. StorPlace Self Storage offers month-to-month contracts with no long-term commitment, which is perfect to store items over the summer months. So, make some time to clean out that garage and store your excess items at StorPlace Self Storage.

Once you have tackled cleaning out the garage, it is now time to work on decluttering  the inside of your home. I bet that you had children that have come home from college this summer. While they were gone at school, you turned their bedroom into an excess storage room.  Now, they are complaining that they have no room for the things that they have brought home from school! Pack the extra items that you put in their room, and place them in a storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage offers heated and cooled spaces for electronic items and standard storage units, which ever suits your needs!

Lastly, don’t forget to peek up in that attic and check to see if maybe there some things that need to go to the storage unit. Storage units are great places to store your holiday decorations.  Also, this would be a very good time to pack up those winter clothes in one of  StorPlace Self Storage’s wardrobe boxes and bring those clothes down to the storage unit You won’t need winter sweaters and coats during the HOT summer!

StorPlace Self Storage of Franklin, located on Highway 96 in Franklin, offers lots of different storage options and we carry a full line of packing and moving supplies. Stop in to see how we can help you with your storage needs and help you declutter your home for the summer!

Summertime Storage Blues

Summer

Guys, if you are anything like my husband you already have the Summertime Storage Blues. Has she been on you as much as I have been on my husband to finish his HONEY DO LIST? Girls: talking, whining, bribing, and threatening will do no good. Now it’s time for a not so gentle nudge.  The first thing you need to do is to RENT A STORAGE SPACE for all of the extra things you want to get out of the house or garage.
Summer is a great time to complete those spring cleaning projects that didn’t get completed such as moving the items that you cleared out of rooms to a storage unit.

Summer brings different challenges when you are renting a storage unit. It is also the busiest season for storage facilities and moving companies!  Face it, summer is hot and sticky–not exactly the best time of year to cram your things into a small space! Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your belongings cool and dry while you store them in the sweaty summer months. Below are just a  few tips to keep in mind when you are storing this summer.

•Use a heated and cooled unit. If you will be storing clothing (especially leather or fur), wood furniture, photographs, or electronics, your safest option is to rent a heated and cooled unit. Extreme heat and high humidity that is typical of the summer months can cause mildew, mold, rust and decay. Heated and cooled storage will maintain a steady temperature between 60 and 80 degrees in the storage unit protecting your belongings.

•Make sure that everything is clean and dry before storing it. Storing damp items will contribute to the moisture in the air and cause damage to your belongings. Make sure all clothing is washed (and thoroughly dry) before storing as well. Dirt, oils, perfumes or stains on unclean clothing will attract pest infestations, especially in high temperatures.

•Make sure everything is adequately packed. Make sure all furniture and mattresses are wrapped and covered with furniture blankets, then covered with a plastic sheet to keep out moisture. Never place plastic directly against furniture as this can cause moisture build-up on the mattress. Clothing and furs should be cleaned before going into storage and hung inside wardrobe boxes. You should also place your possessions on top of wooden pallets if your unit has a concrete floor. This will keep them away from condensation.

Stop by any of the 16 Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY StorPlace Self Storage locations to find out more about storage tips for the summer months. StorPlace Self Storage’s friendly and knowledgable staff are here to help you out with your all of your storage needs from moving and packing supplies to storage unit rentals.