January 21, 2011

Climate Control Storage


When should you store items in climate control storage?

If you require storage for items such as:

  • important or historic documents or books
  • electronic equipment
  • antique furniture
  • fabrics and furs
  • mattresses
  • musical instruments, including pianos
  • photographs
  • artwork and sculptures
  • metal objects
. . . then we recommend climate control storage to protect against damage from heat, cold, moisture, or light.

A climate control environment avoids abrupt changes in temperature and relative humidity, which can cause materials to expand and contract rapidly, leading to deterioration over time.

Objects are stored in sealed vaults, which hold all your items together, and further act as a buffer against environmental fluctuations, light damage or exposure to dust, moisture or pests of any kind. Items that are too large to fit in a vault are carefully wrapped and stored on racking or pallets.

The warehouse temperature is maintained between 68 and 72 degrees, and the relative humidity is kept within 5 percent of 45 percent -- the optimal humidity level. The building's temperature and humidity are monitored 24 hours a day. To prevent outside elements from affecting the inside environment when the doors are open to bring in new inventory, an overhead door weather barrier provides an excellent buffer to any fluctuations in air quality. Climate control warehouses are dry, dust-free and treated for pests regularly.
Interesting fact . . . relative humidity is inversely related to temperature. In a closed system, when the temperature goes up, the RH goes down; when the temperature goes down, the RH goes up. As long as the warehouse’s temperature does not have extreme changes, there will be an even balance.

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