Tips for Storing Computers and Electronics in Self Storage
While household items like furniture are very straightforward to put into self storage, what do you do about electronics and computers? These delicate items must be carefully packed and stored to prevent damage. While water is obviously hazardous, extreme heat and cold can also damage electronics.
Here are some tips to keep your electronics safe in storage. Website
Why Should You Avoid Storing Electronics?
Before we discuss the best ways to store electronics, it’s important to understand why you should avoid putting electronics into self storage at all, if possible. When the weather gets hot, the temperature inside storage units skyrockets, just like a car, unless the unit is climate controlled. This can easily destroy sensitive electronics, including computers and flat-screen televisions.
Choosing the Right Storage Unit
Most self storage facilities have several types of units to choose among. With electronics, you will always want an indoor climate controlled storage unit. The temperature in these units remains between 50 and 80 degrees with central heat and air, which prevents corrosion or cracks that damage electrical components.
Moisture control is just as important as temperature control when you choose a self storage company. Choose a company that uses a dehumidifier to keep out dampness if you live in a humid climate.
Tips for Safe Electronics Storage
Always begin by backing up all important information and storing it elsewhere. Take the tapes out of any VCRs or devices, and the CDs and DVDs out of drives and players. Equipment should be covered with cotton sheets or canvas — never plastic — to allow air to circulate. Plastic should never be used, as it traps in moisture. If you can, store your devices in their original boxes.
While your storage unit is empty, add pallets or boards to raise your electronics off the floor. Use cardboard or bubble wrap to protect screens, scanners or monitors and mark all glass parts as fragile to avoid placing any heavy or sharp objects against them.
If you have any questions about how to safely store your electronics, check with the self storage facility manager. You may also want to ask about storage insurance, particularly if you are going to store valuables. Above all else, remember that you should never store anything that you can’t replace. Think carefully about storing electronics, as they are at a greater risk of being damaged in storage from the elements and no one wants to pay to store something that is no longer functioning.