Climate controlled storage?
If you are looking for extra storage should you consider climate controlled storage?
What are the differences between non-climate controlled storage (standard units) and climate controlled storage units?
- Climate controlled units are more expensive than standard storage units.
- Climate controlled units are typically located indoors. As a result, they are not affected by the effects of rain, snow, dirt and dust, pests or changes in temperatures or humidity.
- Climate controlled units protect your items from mold and mildew.
- Climate controlled units offer protection from flooding and water exposure from humidity, rain, and melted snow.
- Climate controlled units tend to be cleaner. Less dust and dirt gets into the interior units compared to standard units.
- If you live where temperatures vary a lot season to season, you should consider investing in this type of units. Climate controlled units should keep items in a constant environment. They do not fall below freezing in winter or above 90 degrees in summer. Temperatures can range between 55 or 60 degrees F and 85 or 90 degrees F. Check with your local self-storage company for exact specifications for their units.
- They typically use indirect heating and cooling systems to maintain air temperature. In addition to controlling temperature most (not all) also control humidity.
When should you consider climate controlled self-storage units? If you are storing:
- Items that are valuable or one of a kind
- Wood furniture that can crack or warp
- Leather furniture
- Books or important paper documents
- Antiques or family heirlooms
- Musical instruments that can be damaged by changes in temperatures or humidity
- Paintings or photographs
- Clothing such as fur or leather
If you need climate controlled storage, check with your local Volunteer Storage location.