In the recent news that had went viral, a lady discovered that $16,000 worth of her possessions in her storage unit were damaged beyond repair. The items were stored in a non-air conditioned space which cost her some $4000 a year to rent.
The cause of this incident could have been the change in temperature and humidity within the storage unit. Non air-con storage units do not have temperature or humidity control and can cause delicate materials such as leather to deteriorate quickly.
In a country where the average daily temperature is 30 degrees with an average humidity of 84 percent – air conditioning is a necessity for Singaporeans, and for our possessions too. Here are some reasons why we’d recommend storing your items in an environment with 24/7 air conditioning.
Protects your items from mould and mildew
Singapore’s humidity is a hotbed for mould, mildew and creepy-crawlies. This is especially true for things made out of paper like books or paintings. They are highly susceptible to wood rot, which results in yellowed, brittle pages that stick together. Lightweight fabrics, such as natural fabrics like linen and silk, are especially prone to breaking down over time. Dampness will result in fungal growth, but air-conditioning will ensure that your precious items will remain dry, clean and odourless.
Prevents rust and corrosion
With Singapore’s humid weather, rust will also attack metal objects such as instruments and electronics. For instruments, a cool, constant environment is vital because the metal might expand and contract with the surroundings. Electronics may also stop working as their parts are exposed to the humidity, this leads to rust over time. It is also recommended not to wrap electronics in plastic as plastic may trap moisture. Instead, we are encouraged to keep our appliances in their original packaging or in dry boxes.
Minimises odour and bad smells
The mould resulting from humidity can also cause odour – that “funky” smell wafting from the store room in your house. This smell is difficult to remove from furniture and clothing – so prevention is better than cure. An air-conditioned environment will prevent mould from growing and limit bad smells, thus preserving your items for longer. A good tip would be to wash and to dry the clothes thoroughly before placing them into a storage space. No one wants fungus and spores to invade other items in the storage unit.
Air-con with air circulation
Do you know that organising your items in a neat and spaced-out manner such as storage racks prevent mould from growing on them? The spaces between each item ensures ideal air-circulation, this prevents the growth of mould and mildew. Simply approach our staff if you’d like to find out how to purchase one.
The storage units in Storefriendly are air-conditioned 24/7. Not only does this prevent the nasties from growing, it also puts you in a cool and better mood during the shifting and heavy-lifting process. Trolleys and ladders have been included to make for a convenient move-in experience. If you are looking for an air-conditioned storage space in Singapore – Click here to find out more.
Tips to mitigate damage
Place precious belongings in air-tight transparent plastic containers with moisture absorbing sachets. Not only are you able to have a good view of the contents within whenever you access the storage unit, it also decrease the rate of deterioration by reducing the humidity levels within the enclosed area.