Here at Chapel Hill Self Storage Centre, we offer climate-controlled self-storage units as well as regular storage units. Our climate-controlled facility features dehumidifiers and tools to keep the temperature relatively steady and the humidity low. This is designed to help protect fragile items or those susceptible to damage when exposed to extreme temperature swings or high-humidity.
While we offer these units, we know that not every item truly needs to be kept in a climate-controlled unit — though, for most things it will help ensure their longevity! High-humidity in any storage unit can spell disaster as it invites moisture-loving elements like rust and mold into your unit. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to keep humidity somewhat under control in your self-storage unit.
We cannot guarantee the humidity levels of our non-climate-controlled storage units, and we also can’t stop you from storing a damp box or spilling a water bottle in your storage unit. For that reason, it is important to be informed about what types of moisture absorbers are available for storage units. Today, we’re going to go over a couple so you can keep your items safe and dry!
DIY Options To Keep Moisture Out Of Your Self-Storage Unit
You know those little packets of silica gel beads that often come in shoe boxes? Those are in there to absorb moisture while the shoes sit in the box. However, those tiny little packets won’t be enough to keep your storage unit moisture-free. Instead, head down to your nearest hardware store or hop on Amazon and pick up a tub of silica gel — also referred to as desiccant beads.
While most silica gel beads remain clear even after absorbing moisture, for your storage unit you may want to look for what is commonly referred to as “indicating” silica gel. These beads will be one color in their dry state and another once they absorb moisture. This will either be a good indicator that they are working or that you don’t need them. Both outcomes will hopefully offer some peace of mind!
Rather than throw these loose beads willy-nilly around your storage unit, put them in a breathable piece of fabric to create a big packet. You can break out the needle and thread or put them in an old sock and seal up the top of the tube with some fabric glue.
If you want to choose something a little more natural than silica gel, try placing some charcoal briquettes around your self-storage unit. You can set them in a coffee can or bucket in the middle of your storage unit and this should help to reduce the amount of moisture in the air. Just make sure they are not touching anything you wouldn’t want stained. You will want to be sure to replace the charcoal every three to four months to ensure it stays fresh.
While it may not be the most glamorous option, placing clay-based cat litter in your storage unit will also help to absorb excess moisture. Simply cut open a bag or leave the top off of a bucket of fresh cat litter and let it do its thing!
Other Tips To Keep Humidity Down In Your Self-Storage Unit
While placing a moisture absorber in your storage unit can help, there are a few other helpful things you can do. The most important thing to remember is to never put damp or wet items in your storage unit. These will increase the humidity even more, especially during the warm summer months.
To avoid this issue of humidity in your storage unit altogether, we recommend moving your most important items to climate-controlled self-storage. At Chapel Hill Self Storage Centre, our climate-controlled storage units offer both temperature and humidity control to keep the temperature from fluctuating greatly and the humidity low.
To learn more about our regular or climate-controlled self-storage units, be sure to get in touch with Chapel Hill Self Storage in Akron!