Everything You Need To Know About Climate-Controlled Storage

Posted on: 15 March 2019

Storage units are an ideal option during a move when there may be a short period of time between the move-in date and the closing of your new home as well as freeing up space around your home. Unfortunately, many people who rent self-storage units aren't aware of the fact that the temperatures inside the storage unit is dependent on the outside weather conditions, so on hot days when the temperatures are high, the inside of the storage unit will also be sweltering. Unless the storage space is climate-controlled, this extreme heat can damage your belongings.  If you are considering renting a storage unit, here is everything you need to know about renting a climate-controlled storage unit.

What is Climate-Controlled Storage?

First, it's important to understand there is a difference between temperature controlled and climate-controlled. Temperature controlled units typically mean only the temperature is managed; while a climate-controlled unit means both the temperature and the humidity are controlled. In most situations, a climate-controlled unit generally has a maintained temperature between 55-80 degrees all year-round; depending on the outdoor temperature. Keep in mind that both the temperatures and humidity work together to control the moisture, so as the humidity increases, so the air's ability to retain heat. Climate-controlled facilities usually use quality HVAC systems, customizable thermostats, heavy insulation, and dehumidifiers to manage the humidity and temperature.

The Benefits of Climate Controlled Storage Units

One of the best benefits of climate controlled has over standard self-storage is that it offers better protection from the external weather conditions. Whether it is 100-degree heat or below-freezing cold, extreme changes in the temperatures can cause significant damage to sensitive items that aren't stored in a regulated environment. Other benefits include:

  • Prevents costly damages to your belongings
  • Prevents yellowing or degradation of fabrics and leathers
  • Prevents mold and mildew
  • Reduces the risk of rust or corrosion of metal items
  • Protects electronic devices

When you are ready to store your items in a controlled climate storage unit, be sure to properly prepare the items for storage. Start by making a list of all items that you will be storing and be sure to categorize the items into like groups so you can store similar items together. Before moving items to the storage unit, be sure everything is packed with quality packing materials, including bubble wrap to protect breakables and sturdy boxes or containers. When packing items, keep like items together and pack with as little room to move as possible to minimize the risk of damage while moving and all items that come apart should have the pieces placed in plastic bags and attached to the item. When placing boxes in the storage unit, place heavy items on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top. Just before leaving, make sure the temperature is appropriate and turn off the light to reduce heat from the light bulb.

For more information, reach out to companies like North Star Mini Storage.


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