By Vince Mancuso,

From the New England states of Maine down to Connecticut to the Mid-Atlantic states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the Northeast region sees all four seasons. Summers are relatively mild and sunny. Spring and fall are filled with rainy days. And winter temperatures can drop below 0°F with heavy snowstorms.

Because this area sees a wide range of temperatures, plenty of precipitation, and even some humidity, storage seekers should find storage facilities offering climate-controlled storage. Here’s why.

How Cold Temperatures Cause Damage

Freezing temperatures can cause damage to a number of items. For instance, freezing temperatures can reduce battery power in electronics by slowing electronic currents. Furthermore, if left vulnerable to extremely cold temperatures, certain electrical or mechanical components can crack, causing irreparable damage to your device.

This is even true when storing vehicles, like boats. Freezing temperatures can cause expensive damages to boats that weren’t properly winterized, like an engine block cracking due to frozen water expansion.

How Fluctuating Temperatures Cause Damage

One thing many storage seekers don’t consider are the effects of fluctuating temperatures throughout the year on stored items. Wooden, plastic, and even metal materials can expand and contrast, snap, or sustain rust damage when left in an inconsistent environment for long periods of time.

Another risk the changing weather in the Northeast brings is that any frost or condensation built up means moisture can find its way into fabrics and paper products, which promotes mold and mildew growth.

How Climate Control Can Help

A climate-controlled storage unit can protect sensitive items by keeping them in an environment with a consistent temperature and humidity level, essentially acting as a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one. This prevents costly damages that could ruin personal belongings during any season in the Northeast.