In the mostly hot and humid months of Florida weather, your home relies heavily on your air conditioning unit to function properly in order to create a comfortable atmosphere that protects both you and your family, and the things that you own. However, most Florida homes architectural designs also do not include basements – which can leave many homeowners with limited storage space in their homes. This lack of storage space makes the home’s attic an essential storage spot for most homeowners. However, many attics are not connected to your home’s air conditioning system, and this means anything being stored in the attic is vulnerable to our intense heat and changing weather conditions all year. Additionally, your attic also needs proper insulation that plays a crucial role in how well your HVAC system functions. Here are some things you should not store in your home’s attic:
Printed Photos and Important Documents
Some of our most important and beloved possessions that are commonly stored in the attic are printed photographs and paper copies of important documents. However, paper is extremely susceptible to damage from heat and should never be stored in an environment that is not climate controlled. If you don’t have the storage space in an area of your home that is climate controlled, you may have to consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit in order to properly protect these possessions while they are in storage. Or you can make adjustments to your home’s attic by having a professional switch it to a climate-controlled environment by connecting it to your home’s existing HVAC system. Either way – never store these precious valuables in an area that is open to the excruciating heat of Florida.
Cardboard boxes are great for moving but are not generally recommended as a means of storing anything long-term, especially in an area that is not climate-controlled. This is because cardboard is an easy target for rodents and other pests to create shelter from harsh temperatures and weather conditions, make nests, and eat away at the cardboard and the contents which are stored inside it. Make sure you are using durable plastic storage boxes for anything being stored in the attic, and remove all valuables from cardboard boxes as soon after a move as possible.
Other Natural Materials
No matter what the material is, all organic materials will naturally decompose as time passes. Whether the material is wood, fur, ivory, leather, or anything else, eventually it will decompose after sitting in storage for a long enough period of time. But heat also increases the decomposition process, meaning that the time needed for a natural material to decompose is significantly decreased as the climate it is stored in increases. This means if you need to store away winter clothing during the remaining 10 to 11 months of the year, make sure you are not leaving your expensive fur and leather clothing stored in an attic that is not climate controlled.