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Space-Saving Storage Units Need Humidity Controls Because…

The purpose of a humidity-controlled storage unit is to maintain a stable temperature and humidity level to prevent moisture buildup. Dehumidifiers remove any excess moisture in the air and keep the humidity level within the desired range. When humidity levels are low, damage to stored items is prevented.

Thus, to answer the question in today’s title, space-saving storage units with humidity control systems are ideal for storing items sensitive to high humidity or extreme temperatures. The HVAC system and commercial-grade dehumidifier work together to control the temperature and humidity levels in the storage unit. This protects your items from damage caused by humidity or temperature fluctuations.

Let’s explore this a bit further, starting with:

What Locations Need Humidity Controls?

Any neighborhood, city, or state dealing with tropical climates is a prime candidate for these storage systems. 

Alabama has a humid climate with an average annual temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. The state is generally warmer in the southern portion due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. In contrast, the northern portions, especially in the Appalachian Mountains, tend to be cooler, so humidity-controlled space-saving storage units may not be needed there.

Alabama also has hot summers and mild winters, with a lot of precipitation annually. The state also receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall each year and has quite a long growing season of up to 300 days down by the southern portion.

What Items Need Humidity Controls?

Hygroscopic materials are those that absorb moisture from the air. Moving boxes are especially susceptible to moisture since they are often stored in damp areas, which is why these regular containers are not viable. 

Since moisture impacts a variety of items and materials, you can keep the following in space-saving storage units with humidity controls:

  • Leather and fabric furniture can grow mold if left in humid or damp conditions for too long. Wood furniture can also crack and rot in high humidity.
  • The electronic connections in a device can corrode in high humidity, leading to a reduced connection and, eventually, a malfunction.
  • Mold and moisture can ruin paintings by causing them to be yellow and deteriorate.
  • Antiques are old objects that may be valuable because of their age or rarity. These items can be made from different materials like wood, metal, or stone, each having different reactions to changes in humidity. For example, wood can warp or crack, metal can rust, and stone can develop cracks or chips.
  • Moisture can cause paper and photograph documents to warp or disintegrate in storage.
  • Humidity can cause wood to warp and electronic components to rust. This can ruin the shape and sound of musical instruments, making them unplayable.
  • Mold and mildew can cause clothing to become discolored and produce unpleasant odors.

What Items Don’t Need Humidity Controls?

Conversely, non-hygroscopic materials don’t attract water vapor from the air as hygroscopic materials. Thus, they’re less likely to get damaged by humidity. However, even non-hygroscopic materials will eventually rust and get moldy if exposed to high humidity for a long time.

Reserve Your Space-Saving Storage Units at Space Savers Right Now

Space Savers preserves all your items with storage facilities that are temperature and humidity controlled to guarantee your valuables’ protection from the elements year-round. Also, all leasing of space-saving storage units is month-to-month, so there’s no long-term commitment required! For more details, contact us on our website.