Storing inventory always comes with the risk of damage, deterioration, and obsolescence. In addition, virtually every type of product or good can be affected by changes in weather conditions. If you have inventory in a warehouse or storage facility, you may need to consider using climate control. But climate control is about more than just controlling temperatures. It’s about controlling humidity levels as well.
No matter which region of the country your storage facilities are located in, the climate will have an effect. In the West, temperatures can easily reach triple digits during the summer months. In the North, you can experience the opposite problem as temperatures plunge below zero for weeks at a time. In many Southern states, rising temperatures are often accompanied by oppressive humidity levels. So when considering how important climate control is for protecting your inventory, you need to look at the type of product being stored, how long it will remain in inventory, and the climate of the region.
When products and goods are damaged, it can directly impact your bottom line. Extreme temperatures and humidity conditions can affect a wide variety of products, such as wood and leather furniture, clothing, electronics, and appliances, causing these products to warp, crack, rot, or electrically fail. In addition, dry goods such as flour, rice, salt, powdered milk, and baby formula can be ruined by high humidity levels, since they tend to absorb moisture from the air. This can lead them to cake, spoil, or develop mold, rendering them unusable.
Certain products require more extreme cold or frozen storage. Refrigerated and frozen foods and beverages make up the majority of the products being warehoused in cold storage facilities. However, cold storage is also essential to other industries, such as petrochemicals and even certain high-tech electronics. In addition, many pharmaceuticals are also sensitive to higher temperatures which can dramatically alter their chemical stability and efficacy. Many such products require a cold storage temperature of between 35-45°F.
Fortunately, these issues are completely preventable. Climate controlled storage reduces the effects of temperature swings while controlling humidity as well. Such facilities aim to keep the temperature in the range of 55-85°F year-round and maintain humidity levels at around 55%. And cold and frozen storage facilities can offer even lower temperatures.
When you want to protect your goods and products from extreme temperatures and humidity, Polygon can help. Polygon provides climate and humidity control solutions that address the most challenging moisture issues at processing and storage facilities around the world. We’ve even helped protect goods as delicate as powdered milk and baby formula. No matter what you store, climate control options from Polygon can help keep your inventory safe, saving you money.