How to Protect Your Electronics During Your Winter Move
Not all of your belongings are a match for winter’s mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Your electronics need special treatment during the cold days. If you are planning to move during the winter, remember that taking extra time to pack your electronics will help prevent any damage due to the weather.
Electronic devices are sensitive and operate best within specific temperature ranges. Extreme temperature changes can cause condensation build up on the high tech circuitry of your consumer electronic items such as computers, laptops, DVD players, TVs, stereos, etc.
To ensure that your possession arrive at your new home intact, whatever the weather, take precautions and remain aware of the items’ temperature during transportation.
- Try to make your loading time as short as possible so your belongings move from your warm home into the protection of a truck quickly. You can expedite this process with the help of professional and reliable movers.
- Read the owner’s manual for specifications on proper operating temperatures, the amount of time to wait to turn it on after plugging in, as well as ideal storage temperatures. This is helpful in case you plan on storing your belongings in an offsite or self-storage unit as well. It may be a good idea to opt for a climate-controlled unit to reduce the possibility of moisture buildup due to humidity or rapidly changing temperatures. Some phones and tablets operate best at temperatures above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while other devices operate at temperatures as low as minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Unplug all your electronics as early as the day before or at least several hours, so that its internal components can cool down before it is carried and transported outside.
- Back up all data before packing your electronics devices for a winter move. Separate electronic devices from the rest of your packed goods while you load boxes and move furnishings.
- Consider removing the batteries from specific electronic devices if you think there’s a chance of battery leakage.
- Don’t be quick to plug in an electronic device right after you find yourself in your new home but give it enough time to acclimate to the different temperature and humidity values.
- If you have kept the original packages that your various electronic devices came in, then you have very little to worry about. Original packing boxes are designed to best protect your electronics. They have survived through long journeys from factories, trucks and into the stores. If you haven’t kept the original packages, then you will need to find other packing boxes that are just big enough to accommodate your separate pieces of electronic equipment. Your professional moving company should have special electronics boxes which provide improved protection (thicker cardboard and double walls) and come in different shapes and sizes. Packing paper is a must when you’re packing electronics for a move, for it will keep dust from entering the packed gadgets and will serve as a cushion against external impacts at the same time. Always use packing paper to create a protective cushioning layer on the bottom of each electronics box. This layer will actually absorb the vibrations and shocks along the way and will keep the electronic component safe during the move.
To learn more about moving your household in winter months, contact Elite Moving & Storage today. Call us at 1-847-675-8701, or use our convenient online quote request form for more information and to get your free moving quote.