Climate Controlled Storage

Summertime is the time of year that many people using storage units begin to consider whether they should have a climate controlled unit instead of a regular unit. Heat and humidity can cause problems for all sorts of items that people store. The outside elements play a key part in choosing how to store your items. A climate controlled unit is kept at a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees. In general, climate controlled storage is advantageous for storing valuable or environmentally sensitive items.Many storage facilities offer both climate and non climate controlled options. Climate controlled units can be located indoors, which gives you the ability to maintain temperature and humidity levels to better protect your belongings from damage in long term storage. But, the climate controlled units get rented out quickly. It isn’t too late to beat the heat and reassess what items would be better stored in a suitable climate.

If you are storing your items in an area that experiences extreme heat, cold, or humidity, you should consider climate controlled storage.  Extreme heat can be tough on items like records, CDs, DVDs, and photos, causing them to warp overtime. It can also damage wooden furniture, causing it to expand and crack. In addition, extreme humidity is an important factor to consider as it creates moisture that can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria. If you are a collector of things like old vinyl record albums, from my personal experience, they require climate control! Heat and humidity does major damage and the albums become worthless. On the other hand, if you are storing things such as lawn mowers and vehicles and anything else  that is stored in your home garage, they may not need to be stored in climate-controlled units.

Before you decide on which way to go, there are a few points to consider before deciding whether to rent a climate or non climate controlled unit. In your storage inventory are there pieces of artwork or are there any photographs and, of course, vinyl records? These items must be stored in a cooler environment than. The high temperatures and humidity of the summer can cause photographs to blend and stick together or deteriorate over time which permanently damages the photograph. Paintings whether they are done with oil paint or acrylics will have the same fate as photos. And vinyls albums will simply melt!  Keeping these items in a climate controlled storage unit ensures that your paintings and photos and albums will endure summertime heat.

When taking a storage unit inventory, take note of how many books, paperwork files and documents you have. Moisture damage can happen to paper from humidity. The paper can yellow and warp and get stuck together. If your books are valuable or the papers and files are important, storing it in non climate controlled units is not a good idea. Tax forms, financial documents and other business documents can take up space in your office and boxing them and putting them into storage is a good idea. But, in order to maintain their condition, choose a climate controlled storage unit.

Electronics do not do well in a regular storage unit. Electronics are expensive and you want them to stay in the best condition for as long as you can. Items such as televisions, computers and monitors, equipment for bands and electronic instruments should all be stored in climate controlled storage. Each of these can be vulnerable to extreme temperature changes. High humidity with the amount of moisture can damage not only the physical part of electronics but the mechanics of it as well. Moisture is not their friend.

Wooden furniture along with pieces that are made out of leather, should always be stored in a climate controlled unit. When exposed to high heat and humidity, wooden and leather furniture like headboards, nightstands, hutches, tables, couches and overstuffed chairs can warp, leather can crack and even rot. Climate controlled storage is absolutely necessary when storing living room sets, bedroom and dining room sets and other wooden or leather furniture.

Antiques and collectibles should also be stored in a climate controlled storage unit. To protect your investment and the life of the antiques, climate control is your only choice when storing something that is irreplaceable or of high value. Wood and veneer can warp, crack and come undone. Mirrors can fog and carpets can mold. Antiques and collectibles may lose their value and may not retain quality if they aren’t stored properly.

Climate-controlled storage has benefits for almost all your self stored items. But, not everyone needs climate control. If you are between homes and planning to store your items temporarily, traditional non climate storage may be the best solution. If you are storing items long term, or your belongings have a high sentimental value, you should consider climate controlled storage. Some belongings are expensive and some irreplaceable and you want to protect them from the hazards of extreme heat, cold, and humidity.

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