How to Safely Store Items in the Summer Heat

Published on 6/17/2021

Renting a storage unit helps you stay organized. Perhaps you’re moving and need temporary storage for the transition. Or you need a long-term storage option for the overflow from your house. At Smithfield Storage, we’ve got you covered whatever the reason! Just a few tips to help you safely store your items in the heat of the summer months. 

Opt for a climate-controlled unit to prevent damage

  • Heat and humidity can cause damage to some belongings.
  • Climate-controlled units minimize those risks of damage.
  • Wood or leather furniture, special collections of art, musical instruments and more could be damaged if left in the sweltering heat. 
  • It’s never a good idea to store liquids in your storage unit, even when climate controlled. This is especially true for flammable liquids. 
  • Don’t store food or perishable items in your storage unit to help prevent pests and animal intruders as well as humidity, mold and mildew. 

Climate control helps preserve items longer

  • Besides minimizing damage, investing in a climate-controlled storage unit will help preserve special items longer. 
  • Fine clothing like wedding dresses or vintage and heirloom items need a fresh and well-ventilated space to stay dry and keep preserved. 
  • Wood furniture can crack and rot if exposed to high levels of humidity. Climate control helps with this, making your furniture last longer.
  • For safekeeping of files, documents and family photos, climate controlled storage is a must! Heat can damage photos while humidity leads to mold and mildew, which could ruin important documents such as birth certificates or tax records. 

Looking for a temperature-controlled unit? Don’t hesitate to give us a call today at Smithfield Storage. We’ve got all your storage needs covered!