Climate-Controlled Storage: The Best Way to Protect Your Belongings

Climate-Controlled Storage UnitConventional 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:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Photos
  • Documents
  • Artwork
  • Instruments
  • Anything wood-based
  • Appliances

Conventional storage is accepted for items, such as:

  • Lawnmowers
  • Snow Blowers
  • Rakes
  • Shovels
  • Pots and urns
  • Tools

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.  

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  1. T. Mark Worthington's avatar
    T. Mark Worthington
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    Hi 😀
    Could you please tell me what temperature and humidity levels do keep the climate control storage units?

    Look forward to hear from you 🙂, Mark 🤠
  2. Patricia Wilson's avatar
    Patricia Wilson
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    It's great that you elaborated on how clothing, furniture, and other fabric items can smell musty because of moisture in storage units. Since our kids moved out of college, we've been wanting to keep their old clothes in storage until we can consult them as to what they want to do with it. It would be such a waste if they go bad while in storage, so I'd be sure to look for a storage facility that has a climate control feature. Thanks for sharing this very educational article!

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