Will audio gear be ok in unheated house

I have a cottage.   I drain the pipes and the house is left unheated over the winter.  I have been taking my audio gear home (except for the speakers)  when I leave in the fall  for theft worries, but  mostly because I am not sure  the equipment will be OK in an unheated house in an often damp environment until the late spring when I return.

It is a pain taking it back and forth and I would prefer to leave it there.  Maybe in garbage bags with some bags of dessicant in the garbage bags.

Anybody have any experience with this.  I have been unable to find a good answer searching the web.




They will be fine. Much to do about nothing. My speakers in my tractor barn out back (South Dakota) look and operate just fine, freezing temps in winter and lovely Black Hills summers. Like tbick I have had the same speakers in the barn for years. I heat it only when out there working in the winter with a Reznor waste oil heater. Old Sf speakers look and sound great running off an old Cyrus Integrated. 

I think the humidity is more damaging than cold. I moved into a stone cottage in rural Limerick, Ireland, and have lost a few pieces of kit. Humidity here averages 75% minimum sometimes reaching into the 90%. Stored for a long time the power caps discharge completely and then draw huge amounts of current at switch on. When I moved country I sold a lot of stuff including my variac which I used to slowly bring equipment up to voltage. 

In future I will do as @puptent suggested, vacuum bag the components but only after leaving them overnight with a dehumidifier running.

I would like to see Richard Vandersteen's answer on this one.  He monitors the Owners Forum.  Why not join and ask there?  Go to the website and click Forum.


I don't get the worry about caps. AC units that are outside all winter have caps and they're fine.

Just intuitively, I'd be more concerned about speaker drivers freezing.