Do you need to put away a few desktops, laptops, other other computer systems to save space? Whether you're downsizing to a smaller office, trying to open up some area for you to actually live at home, or needing a temporary safe spot as you move to a new building, self storage units can be a great way to keep inventory out of the way as you figure out where and how to place them. Before tossing your systems into the nearest facility, here are a few checkpoints to cover to avoid excessive dust cleaning, corrosion damage, or even theft of your vital tech.
Cleanrooms Go Beyond Sweeping
Most electronics work poorly when covered and/or clogged with dust. This is especially true with desktop and laptop computers, since their processors can get hot enough to burn or even start a fire if not cooled properly. That's not a likely scenario form most consumer computer brands, but it will make your system perform slower, since modern systems slow down in order to prevent such fires.
Dust is just a part of leaving something idle, and storage facilities are no different. That said, a professional and well-maintained storage facility will have fewer dust risks than your home or business--unless you were running a business in a cleanroom previously.
While cleanroom storage facilities are an option, it's not necessary for most computers. You just want to avoid blankets of dust covering the inside and outside of the system, and that's best done by making sure that the facility has air conditioning and proper air filtration with clean ventilation.
Although it's becoming standard, air conditioning in storage units is not a guarantee. Don't just assume that the facility has air conditioning because of the main office; check the units for cool vents and clean airflow, and ask to see the filter.
You don't need to demand a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to keep your systems clean. A standard dust-control filter will do the job, but you need to make sure that the filter is not already caked with dust. Check for any tears, dents, or other damage on the filter, and make sure that it fits in its slot without leaving too much clearance for dust to be sucked in around the border.
Security Options For Self Storage
If you're moving multiple computers, there's a chance that someone will see--and that someone might be a thief. Computers are easy to steal and sell, so don't let yourself be an easy target.
Opt for a storage facility that has video cameras and can prove that they're recording the area. Some businesses have cameras installed only as deterrents; they might not even be working, powered on, or actively recording.
To test the cameras, pick a specific date and time, then stand in front of the cameras in a public/customer access area without notifying the storage facility. Ask to see video from that specific time, and make sure that you're in the recording.
Security guards aren't required, but if your computers are of high value, make sure that the guards are at least present during the day. Staff needs to be present during the day, but if storage staff isn't always present, security guards need to cover that time frame to be worth your money.
Contact a self storage facility to discuss options available to keep your electronics clean and safe for as long as you need.