If you have a lot of stuff and not a lot of space to keep it, a storage unit might be right for you. The real question is whether or not you need to make sure the storage unit is climate controlled or not. There are some items that will specifically need to be kept in a climate controlled unit. What exactly is climate controlled storage?
What is Climate Controlled Storage?
A climate controlled storage unit is a unit that has constantly maintained temperatures and humidity levels. The temperature and humidity of a storage unit is extremely important when it comes to your belongings. The temperature and the humidity have to balance in order to create the perfect environment for storing important items.
You will most often find these kinds of units at storage facilities with indoor storage. In some cases, you might be able to find outdoor storage facilities with climate controlled units. This might be favorable because it will be easier to unload, but it is not common.
What Items Require Climate Control?
While all of the items you want to keep in a storage unit will benefit from a climate controlled storage unit, there are some main ones that you need to keep in mind. The biggest being any furniture made from any material such as wood, leather, wicker, metal, and upholstery.
Some other items include electronics, art, clothing, important documents and pictures, instruments, wine, collectibles, antiques, appliances, and bicycles. These items need to be in a controlled climate because the materials do not typically react well to moisture.
When exposed to moisture wood can become rotted, warped, or even cracked. Leather can easily become discolored and will easily grow mold or mildew. Electronics and metal can become rusted making them unusable and potentially dangerous. Paper items like documents and pictures can become illegible and disintegrate.
Other Reasons for Climate Control
There are some cases where a climate controlled unit might be less about what you are going to be storing and more about some other factors. For example, if you are going to be storing your belongings for an extended period of time you will want to use a climate controlled unit.
Climate control is also beneficial if you live in a state that tends to have constantly high temperatures and humidity levels. When storage units are exposed to a lot of heat, there will be more moisture in the unit and higher chance of your belongings being damaged.