Conventional self storage, often the most familiar storage solution to consumers, is commonly misunderstood as a universal solution. While conventional storage is the most basic and cost-effective option available, this type of storage is typically only appropriate for items that are not impacted by environmental elements.
Modern self storage has evolved to allow facilities to control both the temperature and humidity within a storage unit. This means that sensitive items have an extra layer of protection to help maintain their condition over time.
Impact of Climate Control
Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Higher levels of water in the air result in higher levels of humidity, which, when combined with changes in temperature, can impact the condition of certain types of items.
Clothing, furniture and other cloth or fabric items can begin to smell musty when exposed to high levels of moisture over long periods of time. In addition, wood-based items can warp, electronics can malfunction (or become brittle when humidity is too low), and documents and photos can yellow.
Because these items are important to you, be sure to select a facility with the ability to control the climate within your unit. A balanced climate can help prevent the impact of humidity and temperature, and thus maintain the condition of your belongings.
Items Requiring Climate-Controlled Storage
Examples of items that should always been stored in a climate-controlled environment include:
- Anything wood-based
Conventional storage is accepted for items, such as:
- Snow Blowers
- Pots and urns
Generally speaking, conventional storage is most appropriate for items that are commonly stored in a garage year-round.
Selecting the Solution for You
If you are planning to store clothing, furniture, artwork, electronics, documents, or other sensitive items, be sure to discuss the availability of climate control with your facility manager.
It can be tempting to select a facility in closest proximity, or the one with the lowest prices. While these points are important and should be considered from a convenience and budget standpoint, the condition of your belongings will be the greatest factor in the outcome and satisfaction of your storage experience.