I am going to give some advice about preventing rust. There are some air conditioning "experts" who won't understand or like this! If you live in a place where both heating and cooling are required during the seasons of the year, then buy auto-switchover thermostats. The ones I have bought are set to come on with cool air above 74F, and come on with heat below 71F. Unlike many thermostats, these control the temperature at plus or minus less than 1/2 degree. This prevents "dew" from accumulating on your gun steel during those wild swings in outside temperature.
DO NOT BUY an auto-switchover thermostat for "programming". Some think that it is most desirable to allow your home to heat up or cool down while you are at work. This is a gun's worst enemy, and it will also run up your power bill. It runs up your power bill because everything within the outer walls are heating up (or cooling down). So when the cool air is allowed to resume, it has to cool down all of that mass (brick, walls, flooring, ceilings, furniture, books, guns, etc).
Actually when I installed my auto-switchover thermostats my power usage dropped about 10%. That is what air conditioning companies DO NOT want to hear! They want to sell programmable thermostats.
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Doug Smith at Smith Security Safes told me something very similar.
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Good advice, I will look into an auto switch over thermostat. I have allergies that last all year long so our windows are never open.
You can see a "magnified" example of this when you start your car's engine when it's cold. As soon as it starts to warm up, what comes out of the tailpipe? Water!
Life/Benefactor Member NRA since 1962, Former Navy Nuclear Weapons Officer, OIC Base R&P Team, OIC Base Armory. Collector, shooter, amateur gunsmith. Life Member NCGCA, Member CCA
We have two seasons here, hot and warm. I sometimes go a year or more without turning the heat on and probably only use the A/C 3 months out of the year. My gun safe is in my garage anyway which ranges in temperature from 65 to 90 degrees. A couple pistols reside in the house in various places I can get to them easily if needed. Temps in the house always range between 65 to 75 degrees. It is also fairly dry here with max humidity in the 70% range (unless it is raining-which is rare) and lows in the 30% range.
Please send me your guns and I promise to keep them safe and dry in a temperature optimized place.