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What Storage Features Matter For Keeping Electronics Safe?

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If you need to put a few copiers, printers, desktop computers, laptops, televisions, or entertainment systems in storage, you need to be aware of the maintenance and security concerns. Dust can collect anywhere, but there are other issues such as excessive temperature changes, humidity, pests, and theft to keep in mind. Here are a few storage facility features to keep in mind as you shop for a potential drop-off area for your electronic belongings.

Air Conditioning And Air Quality Control

The first and most important feature to track down is air conditioning. It's a common feature, but don't take it for granted. It's entirely possible to enter a storage facility that has air conditioning for the business office and hallways, but no air conditioning for the storage units.

Air conditioning is important for keeping the temperatures stable, but that's not the most important part. Although electronics can begin to warp or melt from excessive heat, the real issue is humidity. It's hard to keep humidity as low as possible with as little resource use--or cost to you--as possible. Air conditioning removes humidity as a part of the cooling process, and in most cases, it's good enough.

For situations where air conditioning isn't enough, getting a dehumidifier and connecting it to a working storage unit outlet would work. Not all storage facilities provide power for customers, so keep that in mind as you look around as well.

Every air management system needs a filter. Your responsibility is mostly asking the staff about their maintenance practices and checking for dust problems. If the facility claims to be cleaning filters on a regular basis, but you notice excessive dust on your belongings that can be brushed off in solid sheets, ask to see the filters.

Security Options For Loss Prevention

If your electronics are important enough to put in storage, make sure to use a facility that has strong, lockable doors. This isn't the time for a padlock that could be cut with bolt cutters; go with a metal door with a handle, and make sure that the door has no signs of forced entry such as dents, a loose door knob, or scratches near the key hole.

Security cameras can deter a lot of would-be criminals and can capture those who are crafty enough to steal successfully. Walk in front of the security cameras and take note of the date and time, then ask to see recordings from that time. If you're not in the video, the system isn't recording, and a thief won't be on camera if they decide to steal.

Contact a storage facility professional to discuss features and locations to keep your electronics safe.