Climate Controlled Storage Units
What is Climate Controlled Storage?
Climate controlled storage units stay at a constant temperature, protecting your possessions from weather extremes. Typically, climate controlled storage units are kept between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the weather conditions.
Temperature and weather fluctuations can have a huge effect on your stored possessions, especially environmentally sensitive items such as:
- Records, CDs and DVDs
- Books and paper products
- Wine and other alcohol
- Furniture and wooden items
- Computers and electronics
- Musical instruments
- Metal items
- Clothing and fabric
Do I Need A Climate Controlled Storage Unit?
Everyone’s situation is different, but in most areas of the United States, a climate controlled unit is a smart choice. If any of the following match your situation, climate controlled storage is probably right for you:
- You live in an area where temperatures frequently drop below 32 degrees and/or rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You live in an area prone to high humidity.
- Your possessions have high monetary or sentimental value.
- You will be storing items for a long or indefinite period of time.
- You will need to frequently visit your storage unit (and would like comfortable yourself, while you are there).
Don’t chance losing your possessions to extreme heat (think warped records or DVDs), brutal cold (think furniture contracting, expanding and cracking) or unescapable humidity (think moldy/mildewed clothes).
What Items Are You Storing?
If the items you plan to store are known to be temperature/humidity sensitive, are valuable or collectible, or have a great sentimental value, it is a no-brainer to store them in a climate-controlled environment.
Here is a short list of items that often need climate-controlled storage: Wood – Furniture, stringed instruments, toys, clocks, and art frames are all vulnerable to heat and cold. Wood expands and cracks in extreme heat, while contracting and cracking when thawing out after being cold.
- Electronics - Computers, TVs, radios, laptops, video games, speakers, cameras, and most other electronic devices are highly susceptible to damage from long-term exposure to humidity and cold.
- Media - DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, computer discs, cassettes, and 8-track tapes all lose image or sound quality in prolonged heat exposure.
- Wine - After long-term heat exposure, wine can turn brown and cloudy. Just, no.
- Fabric - Clothing, stuffed animals, pillows, and upholstered furniture are at high risk of growing mold and mildew in a humid environment.
- Metal – Humidity, combined with heat (or cold), speeds up the rusting process.
- Paper - Books, newspapers, photos, comic books, and magazines can yellow and fade in extreme temperatures. Not to mention.. they can be ruined altogether from exposed to prolonged humidity.
How Long Will You Be Storing?
As a general rule: If you’re storing items for one month or less, your items will likely be fine without climate control. Any longer than that puts your possessions at risk from temperature and humidity.
If any of these sound like your situation, go with climate controlled storage:
- You will be storing things indefinitely (not sure when you will get them out of storage).
- You’re storing things year-round.
- Your belongings are valuable or have high sentimental value.
Simply Self Storage offers climate controlled storage at the following locations: