When you’re trying to decide which storage facility and what type of storage is right for you, you’ll probably run into the term “climate-controlled” quite a bit. Reflexively, you might dismiss it due to the higher price tag. All you really need is some extra space for your belongings, right?
Well, not always. When you rent storage space, you want to invest in something that won’t just hold your items, but also keep them well-protected and in good shape for when you need them again. So, what’s the deal with climate-controlled storage anyway?
What does “climate-controlled” mean?
Storage spaces that are climate-controlled are kept at a consistent temperature that creates an optimal environment for their contents.
Facilities with climate-controlled units manage temperature and humidity using various combinations of heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems. They’re also built with more insulation so it’s easier to maintain that environment. Ideal storage temperatures are usually somewhere between 12-30°C (55-85°F).
What are the benefits of climate-controlled storage?
A lot of materials sustain considerable damage when exposed to extreme heat, cold, or fluctuations between the two. If you live in a climate with a wide range of low and high temperatures throughout the year, or somewhere with high humidity, climate-controlled storage will keep your belongings in good condition.
Climate-controlled storage spaces are better sealed and insulated from the outside world. In addition to maintaining temperature, these extra layers help keep out rodents and insects that can soil or damage your possessions. This will also help prevent any dirt, dust, and debris from tracking in.
One of the unique advantages to climate-controlled storage is that you can leave your belongings there indefinitely without having to worry about the condition you’ll find them in. Enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you won’t have to check in on your storage space until you need something or worry about damaged items.
What kind of items need climate-controlled storage?
Some of your belongings would be just fine in a standard storage unit, depending on how long you need to store them. There are several types of items or materials, however, that really do need climate control to maintain quality and functioning.
Wood is easily warped, cracked, and rotted by extreme fluctuations in temperature—and even just moderate changes in humidity. Any wooden furniture or musical instruments made from wood should always be stored in a controlled climate, even if it’s just for a short period.
Another material that’s sensitive to temperature and moisture is leather. Excessive moisture can cause discoloration and the growth of mold and mildew. Leather goods tend to be rather expensive in the first place, so you definitely don’t want to end up having to replace them sooner than necessary.
Appliances & Electronics
Electronics and appliances must stay clean and dry to continue working properly. Extreme cold or hot temperatures can cause mechanical cracks, rust, and mold/mildew. Any televisions, stereos, computers, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. should always be stored in a climate-controlled space.
Anything you need to store that has considerable monetary or sentimental value should be kept in a controlled climate, even if it’s just for your own peace of mind. You don’t want to risk any damage to irreplaceable family heirlooms, priceless antiques, or important documents and media. Certain types of collectibles also need the protection of climate control—wine, artwork, coins, stamps, comic books, etc.
If you’re looking for a secure place to store your belongings long-term, Highland Van & Storage has the space you need! All of our clients’ items are well-protected in storage pallets kept in our own secure, climate-controlled warehouse.
Start the process of decluttering your home and contact us today about renting the first-rate storage space you need from Highland!