While the process of storing electronics may seem straightforward, it can quickly turn into a complicated and costly mess without proper planning and attention beforehand, especially during the harsh winter months. Electronics are some of the most common fragile items stored by people using self-storage units but a broken or damaged item can ruin what was supposed to be a convenient experience. Check out some of the tips below to ensure your computers, printers, robots, etc. don’t receive or cause damage while in storage this winter.
Check Out Climate-Controlled Self-Storage Units
It may be cold outside but it can be a toasty 60 degrees inside your storage unit if you opt for one that’s indoors and climate-controlled. Most of these units use central heat and air throughout the entire building, which means an added bonus of not enduring freezing temperatures while retrieving anything from the storage unit during the winter. For electronics, this means a steady, consistent temperature which prevents freezing of the liquid in LCD screens or parts cracking due to extreme temperature fluctuations. To put a twist on an old motherly adage: temperature-controlled units may be a bit pricier but not as expensive as purchasing a brand new flat screen.
Be Sure To Remove Important Components Before Storing
One of the biggest things people forget to do when storing electronics – from remote controls to electronic children’s cars – is taking out the batteries before storing the item. If left in, the batteries can corrode and ruin connection parts and severely damage the electronic. Likewise, forgotten CDs in stereos or SD cards in cameras are often the reason people end up digging through their storage months later. If valuable data is stored on a computer being stored, it is a good idea to create a backup of it on a jump drive or CDs.
Pack Electronics Securely and Safely
The smallest box possible is usually the best box for storing electronics. The less space, the less amount of room an item has to be knocked around and accumulate damage. If there is extra room left in a box, use cotton moving blankets or bubble wrap to secure the electronic. Cords should be wrapped up – not too tightly! – and secured with a zip-tie on top of the electronic, not pinched underneath or behind its weight. Finally, consider using wooden pallets or plastic milk crates to form a secure base a few inches off the floor for items to be set on. This will allow proper airflow and prevent any costly water damage from occurring.
The winter is harsh not only for us, but on our stored items as well. Electronics should also never be left outside in the cold, such as in a car or backyard. Keeping items secured indoors even during storage will help them last and perform damage-free for years.
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