You’re in the market for a self storage unit because the economy is forcing you to downsize your home. There are plenty of storage facilities out there but your question is, “What is climate controlled storage and do I need it?” Before you go rushing off to put all of your comic books into your storage unit you should know the costs and benefits of climate controlled storage.
Climate controlled units will help protect your belongings from over exposure to heat or cold and protect against long, cold winters and warm, humid summers. Excessive heat can weaken and warp items while the cold weather could have your items freeze or crack. The climate can wreak havoc on your possessions and create mold, mildew, dust mites and bacteria. You do not want any of these things when you bring your assets back. The mold and mildew will give off a bad smell, create a bad atmosphere and ruin your stuff. After exposure to mold and bacteria in extreme cases, you may experience allergic reactions, respiratory infections, dizziness or headaches.
We don’t want to confuse you right out of the gate but climate controlled storage means different things in different parts of the country so make sure you ask the storage facility what the temperature of the units will be when you rent. A climate controlled unit in New York may mean that the unit won’t get below freezing but a climate controlled unit in New Mexico may mean it won’t get above 80 degrees. The area of the country in which you live is going to be the driving force in determining between regular storage unit or a climate controlled unit.
Most of the time, climate controlled units have temperatures in the range of about 55 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You do not want the temperature to fluctuate more than 5 -10 degrees though so ask your facility manager what the temperature average is. What items do we recommend storing in a climate controlled unit?
- Family antiques
- Fine Linens
- Computers and Electronics
- Leather Furniture
- Vinyl Albums
- Family Photos
Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what does and doesn’t need to be stored in a climate controlled storage unit. The benefits of using a climate controlled unit will far outweigh any additional costs charged by the storage facility once you finally get your possessions back from the facility. Good luck!
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