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How important is a climate controlled storage unit for your furniture

June 20, 2018

Our customers often ask us if they really need climate controlled storage for their furniture. That’s because many people feel that, like most objects, furniture will be just fine no matter where you store it. Unfortunately, this is not true. If you’re not careful, you can damage your furniture beyond any repair. You can lose a lot of money.

That’s why Empire Movers recommends using climate controlled storage. It will cost you a little more, but it will end up paying for itself. Especially if you’re storing expensive furniture.

Although we’re talking about objects here, furniture can be considered alive. It needs air, it needs the right temperature, it needs the right amount of light. It’s just like any living thing. And climate controlled storage takes care of all these needs. But if you’re still not convinced, here are a few reasons to get climate controlled storage for your furniture.

Humidity can destroy your furniture

What’s humidity? It’s the amount of water vapor in the air. And yes, it can affect furniture, as it will cause wood to either shrink or swell.

All this shrinking and swelling can cause your furniture to crack. That’s right. Just think about it. You store your table in your storage unit and, some time after, when you go to take it back, you find out that it’s cracked. This can happen in regular storage. But it will never happen in a climate controlled storage unit.

A storage unit that’s too humid or one that’s not humid enough can destroy your furniture. So if you plan on using it in the future, don’t hesitate to pick a climate controlled storage unit.

Temperature is another enemy you can defeat with climate controlled storage

If it’s too hot or too cold, you can be sure that your furniture will suffer. Joints will loosen, leather will crack, and your couch will turn into a nest for pests. With a climate controlled storage unit you can avoid extreme temperatures or changes in temperature. A climate controlled storage unit will always have the same temperature and it will also be locked tight, which means that pests won’t be able to get in.

So is sunlight

Additionally, a climate controlled storage unit will also protect your furniture from the sun. Sunlight can cause discoloration, fading, fabric damage. It will wreak havoc on your furniture, if you don’t take the necessary precautions.