With the constant advances in technology, we find ourselves buying new electronics every few months. All of the devices are becoming slimmer, lighter, and more sophisticated. However, a lot of us are still having trouble parting with our beloved, bulky technology. If you don’t want to dispose of the first computer you ever had, or the laptop you got when you graduated from high school, you don’t have to. You can rent out a storage unit and store your electronics there for as long as you would like.
Why store your old electronics instead of keeping them at home? It’s actually safer to store electronics because at home there is more potential for accidents. There’s also a lot more variability in the temperature, and if you’re storing in your attic or your garage, you have no control over the temperature at all. Then there’s the risk of things like leaks and other environmental issues that can be hazardous to your equipment. Lastly, you should take into account that there is definitely better security at storage facilities than at the average home. This is especially important if you travel a lot, work, or are away from home for long periods of time. After considering some of these issues, it’s safe to say that you’re better off putting your electronics in a storage unit.
This can be somewhat of a tedious process because electronics are fragile and can deteriorate over time if not stored properly. Poor storage practices can cause your electronics to have a shorter lifespan, harm their quality, and can eventually reduce their efficacy. If you’re unsure as to how you can store your items to get the best results, we can walk you through the process so you don’t miss a step.
The first, and most important, thing you should do is rent a climate controlled unit. This keeps the temperature between 50 and 70 degrees. This also reduces humidity, but you might still want to consider putting a dehumidifier in your unit if you live in a particularly humid city. Humidity can be really bad for your electronics. Let’s take a look at what heat and humidity can do to a computer. If you store your computer in a warm place, the weather can cause the different parts of the computer to expand and contract. The motherboard is greatly impacted by this because it is made out of plastic, fiberglass, and metals, all of which can be damaged by heat and humidity. Expansion and contraction of parts of the motherboard can cause the circuits to break down and cause short circuits. Without your motherboard, your computer is just a pretty box.
There are multiple things that you have to do in order to properly store your electronics. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of what you should do:
If you take all of these precautions, your electronics should stay safe, functional, and ready to use when you decide to take them out of storage.