Wood is susceptible to warp, crack or rot if exposed to too much moisture. Anything that is made primarily out of wood like bed frames, tables, entertainment centers or dressers will benefit from a dehumidified atmosphere.
Extreme fluctuations of hot and cold can cause leather to crack and wear. Humidity can cause pieces to discolor and even mildew. If you have pricey leather furniture, it’s best to have it in a climate controlled unit.
Any appliances in your home are likely sensitive to extreme temperatures. Any appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers and washers and dryers should be climate controlled to prevent cracking and rust to their electronic or mechanical parts.
Collectors Items or Collections:
Anything precious that you would like to preserve for years to come should be in a climate controlled unit. Anything you collect, be it stamps, comics, coins or wine should be kept out of the heat and humidity.
Instruments can be more delicate than you might imagine. Temperature and humidity control is a must for pianos, guitars, brass instruments and woodwind instruments.
Fine Art and Crafts:
Any kind of art, from paintings to crafts, should be stored in a controlled environment. A temperature between 70-75 degrees and about 50% humidity is best for art collections. Even craft supplies are best kept at a controlled temperature, such as sewing machines and fabric.
If you have important business paperwork or anything on paper that is valuable, you will likely want to spring for a climate controlled storage unit. Even if you’re using a filing cabinet or storing it in boxes, paper can fade, discolor or even dissolve in humid environments.
It’s especially important to keep special photos at a constant, mild temperature and humidity level. Extreme heat can cause stacked photos to stick together. Even if they are in albums, fluctuations in humidity or heat can damage your memories.
Electronics like tvs, stereos and computers can be damaged if left in an unregulated unit for too long. Drastic temperatures can cause screens and internal components of these electronics to crack, corrode or rust. It’s best to store these in a climate controlled unit as well.