With the summer months marching on, delivering unrelenting heat, it’s important to consider how rising temperatures will affect your shipping container storage needs. Are you storing heat-sensitive cosmetic items that could easily be affected by the weather? Or perishables, like food and drinks, that could be ruined with one bad day of sizzling heat? Here are our tips for storing in humid climates.
Insulation works to keep your shipping container cool during warmer months. Here in California, where Quality Containers is headquartered, our temperatures have been reaching close to triple digits on most days. The heat could affect the items in your container regardless of your location. Insulation is an effective way to keep temperatures from rising and to protect your stored items because it creates a barrier to seal air. Most use spray polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate their container and keep things cool in their steel box. Make sure you take safety precautions after insulation is complete; it’s a chemical substance and you will need to wait a while before entering your container.
Ventilation is a useful way to remove warm and moist air is through ventilation. This is essential if you want to build a home or office with your shipping container. You don’t need to be building a house to use ventilation, though. This will help air circulate throughout the container instead of allowing it to trap heat inside. Ventilation can be installed underneath your shipping container to easily allow air to flow through.
Dehumidifiers are ideal for long-term storage and help reduce moisture in your container. A dehumidifier may require more work than ventilation and insulation because you’ll have to keep an eye on it. Since a dehumidifier collects moisture from the air, you’ll need to empty the reservoir once it’s full – just make sure you don’t drink it! You can also set up it up to be emptied through your plumbing if this would be a more effective method for you.
Desiccants are a different way to absorb moisture and maintain dryness in your container. There are different types of desiccants that absorb moisture and water and they are effective in colder climates as well. The most commonly known desiccants are silica gel packets, which can be found in most sealed products we purchase. There’s also calcium sulfate, calcium chloride, and charcoal to prevent moisture from turning into liquid to keep your items safe and unaffected by temperature. You want to ensure that you have enough desiccants inside the container and may also need some outside of it to work for the duration you are using the container for storage.
Cargo worthy shipping containers are ideal for storage and we can help you get your next one. We provide an excellent product at a fair price with outstanding customer service. Get in touch with us and we’ll get you what you need. We’ve got you covered.