29 Sep 2015

When Does Climate Control Become a Necessity?

Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we’re proud to offer climate controlled storage solutions. Humidity and temperature shifts can be damaging to materials like metal, paper, laminate furniture finishes and electronic devices.

Climate Control Become A Necessity

Humidity control also keeps mould and mildew at bay, keeping your possessions safe from damage. Our goal is to have your items just as they were the day you brought them in.

While not all items are as susceptible to climate or humidity damage, it’s important to know which ones are more than others, and for which items climate controlled storage is a necessity.


Certain materials are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Wood is highly susceptible to humidity, and moisture can cause wood to crack, warp, or even rot over time. When storing wood furniture, the lower the humidity, the better.

Leather is also sensitive to humidity and can mildew or discolour if exposed to excess moisture.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are very delicate, often valuable items, and must be kept in a humidity and climate-controlled environment.

Humidity can warp wooden instruments, cause rust and corrosion of strings, and even dissolve the glue that holds the instrument together.

For musical instruments, not only is climate-control necessary, but it must be a good quality climate control.


Artwork is another valuable item that can easily become damaged due to moisture. Even if artwork is stored safely in a filing cabinet or a tube, it is still important to maintain the unit’s temperature, as artwork is delicate and sensitive to any shifts in temperature.

Papers and Documents

Any paper documents should be safely stored in boxes and filing cabinets. Even once stored properly, anything paper must be kept strictly climate controlled to avoid mildew finding your important documents, or other damage such as discolouration, fading, or even dissolving.


Electronics like computers, TV’s, recording equipment, and more, are also sensitive to humidity and shifts in temperature. If left for long periods of time, the effects of humidity and excess moisture on electronics can be the same as water damage, causing rust, corrosion, and breakage.


It’s important to keep clothing, or any other fabric extremely clean and dry to avoid mildew and mould. Keeping clothes sealed or in plastic bins will help to keep moisture out, but climate-control is the only certain way to protect these items.


Special collections like comic books, stamps, or coins, are often very valuable. It’s important to keep these delicate items safe from moisture damage.

Stamps and comic books, like other papers, are highly susceptible to humidity and shifts in temperature. Climate control will ensure that your collectables leave the storage unit in the same shape they came in.

Coins, which are often made of various metals, are at risk of tarnishing or oxidizing if exposed to humidity or extreme temperatures.

While these are some items that are extremely sensitive to climate shifts, climate-control is helpful for all storage. If you have any questions or concerns about climate control, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our storage experts can answer any questions you have.

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