Putting Computers In Storage? Prepare Them First


When putting electronics in storage, you need to be aware of storage facility features and your own device maintenance requirements. Different levels of heat, humidity, cold, dust, and other harmful factors can have varying effects on your belongings, and you may have to play a balancing act of protection versus budget to get the right facility. Here are a few computer preparation tips and storage facility selection ideas to make sure your storage unit is the right match.

Safeguarding Computers Before Storage

Before putting your computers or other consumer electronics into storage, do what you can to protect the devices in case of failure or compromise at the facility. No matter how great the quality or ratings of the self storage facility, there are unplanned issues such as natural disasters or unusually tenacious thieves that could cause more problems than most people can plan for.

The first level of protection is to put your computer in a box. This means more than a cardboard box; cardboard is brittle, easily damage by pressure or moisture, and can generate dust as it slowly breaks down. You want to prevent dust to avoid having to clean out the computer when your remove it later, so stick to something more durable. Plastic storage bins are a good idea, as are metal storage bins. Avoid wooden chests, as they can deteriorate as well or act as food for termites.

Closed, nondescript boxes aid in security as well. Unless a thief is doing a thorough run through every storage unit or specifically knows what you have in storage already, it's not efficient to open every box to check for something of value.

Storage Facility Features For Your Belongings

An air conditioning system is helpful for computers, especially in areas with extreme temperatures. To avoid heat damage, extreme contraction from cold weather, and high humidity that could corrode the internal components, an air conditioning unit can provide a standard temperature and low humidity level.

Climate control is fairly straightforward as far as the customer is concerned, but you'll want to make sure that the air filters are maintained. Check out the filter before becoming a customer and every few months after to be sure that proper maintenance is being performed.

For security, cameras are vital. An indoor self storage facility should have recording cameras, and you should be able to check the recordings as necessary. It makes it easier to get your belongings back or receive compensation if a theft occurs. Depending on how expensive your computers or other belongings are, a permanent security staff that keeps watch 24/7 may be in order.

Contact a self storage facility representative to discuss other features that can keep your computers safe and running just as well as when you brought them into storage. Check out a company like AAA Flying Trolley Self Storage to get started.


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