Why Choose Humidity Controlled Storage?
Humidity, not temperature, is the true cause of destructive forces such as mites, molds, mildew, rust, paper rot, and wood degradation. To protect valuables made from wood, metal, paper, and electronics, take advantage of humidity control technology.
Humidity controlled storage is the result of careful research on the best way to protect valuables over time. Originally, humidity control systems were developed to protect archives and sensitive electronics. The Smithsonian, Volvo, Boeing, and the U.S. Military have all trusted humidity control technology to protect their equipment. Even today, Air Force One and Two are protected in their hangars by humidity control systems.
Humidity controlled storage is safer option to choose to help prevent damage if you have items that require storage in a climate controlled environment. Items that are sensitive to high humidity are generally stored in rooms with humidity at levels that are below RH (Relative Humidity). If you are inspecting a warehouse that offers controlled environment storage, ask them how they monitor the climate.
Does the warehouse have temperature and humidity chart recorders or other devices such as PC interfaces to monitor the conditions in the warehouse? Don’t be fooled by imitations, if another storage facility claims to have humidity control, be sure to ask for details.
So what items need controlled storage conditions? The following is some information regarding these destructive forces caused by humidity, as well as examples of items of you should consider storing in conditioned storage:
The most obvious effect humidity has is rust. Metals need moisture to oxidize and corrode. As relative humidity increases, the rate of corrosion increases dramatically – even a 10% rise in humidity may double the rate of corrosion. Industrial items such as motors, gearboxes, pumps, exchanger bundles, and any other item consisting of metal should be considered for humidity control storage.
Molds germinate and grow in the presence of moisture. As relative humidity increases, mold growth escalates. Some molds, especially Black Mold, have been linked to chronic lung infections, allergies and other unexplained illnesses. Thought it is not know how Black Mold causes these problems, the likelihood of these difficulties increases as mold volume increases. Mold may grow on virtually any surface. The acid that molds produce is destructive to wood, fabric, leather, and paper.
Mildew is a microorganism that grows quickly in humid environments. Though not dangerous, it can damage fabric, wood and paper over time. Mildew also gives off an unpleasant odor. Like molds, mildew cannot grow in a low humidity environment.
If you’re ever discovered and old, wrinkly newspaper in your attic, you’ve seen the damage that humidity can do to paper. Moisture in the air penetrates paper, causing it to swell and contract unpredictably. Eventually the moisture will weaken the paper can cause it to disintegrate. Decreasing the humidity is an excellent way to protect office records and other valuable paper in storage.