Putting Away Old Gaming Consoles? Find These Storage Features

Not everyone has a spacious home in expensive cities, and it's not so simple to move to a cheaper town with bigger houses for sale. If you need free space and have to put a few belongings in boxes, you'll need to make sure that your storage facility is equipped for the job. Especially with electronics like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Dreamcast, or other game consoles that could gain collector's value, you'll want to make sure that storage won't ruin their inner workings. Here are a few features you'll need to confirm if you want to put your consoles into storage.

Climate Control

Fighting against humidity and dust are two big requirements for storing electronics. Humidity can corrode or rust different metals inside electronics, leading to failures as the very traces or roads that relay information are broken. Dust can cause systems to overheat and can create a real fire hazard on more advanced components, such as processors in the Playstation 3 and beyond-era systems.

There is a feature that can handle basic safety for both humidity and dust: the air conditioner. Air conditioning units can remove humidity from the air by keeping rooms at stable temperature and moving air through a humidity-removing process that—while somewhat unintentional—is quite useful.

Dust is removed by installing a filter, but not all air conditioning unit owners are careful or attentive with their filters. You'll want to inspect the air conditioning system and confirm that the filter is not damaged, clogged from not being changed in months, or the wrong size. Incorrect sizes and damage allows dust to get through, while a clogged filter reduces the overall efficiency of the air conditioning unit.

Air Filtration

A step above the air conditioning unit is a specific air filtration process, either added in-line with the air conditioning system or as a standalone unit in the storage unit. If you're paying for this additional feature, make sure that it's actually working by checking the dust content.

You should visit the storage monthly or at least bi-monthly to see how effective the air filtration is working. If the filtration is a standalone system, make sure that the filter has been changed or cleaned just as you would with an air conditioning unit, and avoid tracking in too much dirt or dust yourself if coming from the outdoors or a dusty area.

Contact a self storage facility such as Capitol City Storage to discuss air quality, cooling, security, and other features available in self storage units.