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.

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10 Things to Do in the Chicago Suburbs This Holiday Season

The city of Chicago offers some pretty spectacular lights, sounds, and activities during the holiday season – but the suburbs are full of snowy, seasonal, sensational excitement too. Want proof? Here are 10 amazing places and events for holiday fun with your family this year.

1. Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum

Through January 1, you can come to this beautiful site in the western suburbs for a bit of natural holiday cheer. The mile-long outdoor tour takes you through the arboretum’s tree collections to experience the melding of technology and nature. Interact with trees in ways you never imagined, and enjoy treats and warming stations along the way.

2. Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Kids who love trains will adore this annual exhibit, which is a true family favorite. Model trains travel in and out of miniature Chicago landmarks made from organic materials – while it snows, indoors! The event also includes ice sculpting, a holiday market, caroling, free movies, and visits to the greenhouses.

3. Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

Now in its 36th year, the seasonal celebration at the zoo features over a million LED lights, a talking tree, performances, a model railroad, Santa and Mrs. Claus, cooking decorating, singing to the animals, and zoo chats. Animal exhibits remain open until 8 p.m. in the evening. The event is open on weekend evenings through December 17, then runs December 26-31 and ends with Zoo Year’s Eve.

4. Christkindmarket Naperville

The same Christkindlmarket that comes to Daley Plaza every year also has a suburban home. Through December 24, you can visit holiday vendors at this traditional German market. Buy gifts, food and beverages, and enjoy seasonal events. It’ll be a bit crowded, but parking is definitely better than in downtown Chicago.

5. Home for the Holidays at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

In Oak Park, the house where famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived hosts a free holiday open house on Saturday, December 2. Get a tour, enjoy refreshments, participate in a holiday design project, and see the way the home has been decorated in keeping with Wright family tradition. Event is free, but registration is required.

6. Celebrate the Season at Rosemont’s MB Financial Park

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the park at Rosemont takes place Friday, November 24 starting at 5 p.m. Starting that day you can also enjoy free ice skating, including the Sunday Funday Characters on Ice free skate from December 3-24. Then, take advantage of one of the great restaurants and entertainment venues surrounding the park.

7. Geneva’s Christmas Walk

Geneva’s event to kick off the holidays on December 1 hearkens back to Swedish tradition. At 6 p.m., Santa Lucia and Santa Claus arrive and the lighting of the great tree takes place. Roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers and a live nativity follow. Complimentary carriage rides are offered, and you can also participate in the Holiday House Tour on December 1 and 2 (tickets are $35 for tour and tea), visiting five architecturally unique homes decorated for the holidays.

8. Elf the Musical at the Paramount Aurora

The Broadway Series at this beautiful old theater in the far western suburbs will be presenting “Elf The Musical” through January 7. Based on the 2003 Christmas movie that’s become a seasonal classic, this version is a feel-good musical extravaganza that will make your holiday season a little brighter.

9. Take a Holiday Train Ride

If your family wants to ride the Polar Express or similarly-themed holiday trains, you can find one in almost every suburb! Tickets are still available. Our favorites include the Happy Holiday Railway from Union’s Illinois Railway Museum, and the South Elgin Polar Express.

10. Holiday Shopping

Chicagoland is a retailer’s paradise, and we have so many great places to get gifts. This season, visit one of the largest indoor malls in the country, Woodfield Mall, and all the stores around it (like Ikea). Or get your discount shopping done at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, which hosts a Black Friday event like no other. Want to enjoy some outside time in the (hopefully) snowy weather? Oakbrook Center and Westfield Shoppingtown Old Orchard are perfect. We also like the Promenade Bolingbrook and Aurora’s Chicago Premium Outlets.

Chicago Holiday Style isn’t limited to the city!

The suburbs are pretty fun here in Chicagoland, whether it’s warm or cold. Moving here? Moving out of here? Elite Moving & Storage has you covered. Get a free estimate from us, and let us know how we can help you with your moving and storage needs.