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Advantages of Using Climate Controlled Storage Units

Advantages of Using Climate Controlled Storage Units

Most of us have rented a storage unit at some point in our lives. Have you ever gone into your storage unit after months of storage time to find unexpected damage to your property? Climate controlled storage units can help eliminate the fear of this damage to your precious goods.

A standard storage unit may get the job done for certain storage applications. But you may not have considered how they can leave property subject to external conditions.

By spending a few more dollars to secure a climate controlled unit, you might save yourself hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars in damages.

But is the extra expense actually worth it?

Let’s take a look at the many advantages of using climate controlled storage units.

Then you can decide for yourself.

Climate Controlled Storage Units Protect Against Extreme Temperatures

In many locations throughout the country, temperatures can range from well-below-freezing in the winter, to over 100 degrees in July and August.

These huge temperature fluctuations can damage your items in a non-climate controlled environment.

Due to these extreme changes in temperature, delicate belongings like antiques, musical instruments, and wood furniture can be damaged.

The last thing you want to see when you open the door to your storage unit is splitting, warping and cracking due to the fluctuating temperatures.

Climate controlled storage units are kept at a more even temperature, typically well above freezing and below 80 degrees.

When to Consider Climate Controlled Storage

If you’re storing any of the following items, strongly consider a climate controlled unit:

  • Wood furniture and antiques
  • Instruments
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Old magazines and books
  • All electronics
  • Valued business and personal documents
  • Family photos
  • Art
  • Upholstered furniture

While a standard unit might get the job done for a few of these applications, sometimes it’s not worth the risk.

Opting For Humidity Control Provides Even More Peace of Mind

Many climate controlled storage units offer the option of humidity control.

While this might sound like overkill to some, the fluctuations in outdoor humidity can be significant in many areas of the country.

Typically, when seasons change so do humidity levels.

When you talk to a storage unit representative, ask them if the units you’re interested in also offer humidity control. If they do, find out where they keep their base humidity level.

The best humidity controlled units will keep it at about 55% year-round using a humidity removal process.

If you’re storing antiques, humidity control is especially important. Excess moisture lingering in the air can cause antiques to rot, crack and warp.

Avoid the Fear of Mildew

In addition, expect units that are not humidity controlled to be subject to the growth of mildew. These units can remain damp during fall and spring seasons, leading to unwanted mildew.

At that point, is doesn’t really matter what you’re storing. When items are stored in humid conditions for an extended period of time, they’re going to smell like they’ve been sitting in a wet basement.

That’s obviously not what you’re looking for.

However, too much humidity and moisture aren’t the only problems. If there’s not enough humidity, the dryness in the air could also damage wooden items.

When this happens, you’ll open your storage door to find unexpected splinters, severely dry wood, and craze.

Excessively dry air could also damage stored wine, electronics, and delicate instruments.

Maybe you don’t want to pay the extra amount for a humidity controlled storage unit. In this case, make sure to go to your unit on a regular basis. Open the doors wide on nice days and let fresh air in.

This will help get rid of excess humidity and unwanted odors.

The Air Quality in Climate Controlled Storage Units is Great

While looking for a new storage unit, have you stopped to consider the air quality in it? Many people don’t.

Standard storage units aren’t sealed in the way a climate controlled unit is. A standard unit allows the outside air inside 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A climate controlled unit is completely sealed off from the outdoor elements. They constantly clean and circulate the air inside.

Because of this, there’s really no reason to waste time driving to your unit just to let fresh air inside. It’s already keeping the existing air as fresh as possible.

When storing important documents and electronics, the quality of air within your storage unit should be at the top of your list.

Keep Dust and Debris Off Your Belongings

Want to find your items just as you left them, even if they’ve been stored for years — or even a decade?

Think climate controlled storage.

A good climate controlled unit will be contained within a building that is sealed. It’ll have insulated floors, walls and ceilings.

Because of this, you’ll rarely see any dirt tracked in or flooding damages.

The last thing you want is for mice or other rodents to make a home out of your possessions. Because climate controlled units are indoors and sealed, there’s little chance of this happening — unlike standard units.

When you open the door to your unit, you’ll find your belongings free of dust and debris — just the way you left them when they were first stored.

Total Peace of Mind Will Typically Cost a Little Extra

Expect to pay a little more when securing a climate controlled storage unit. The added expense, however, is easily offset by the complete peace of mind you’ll have knowing your precious belongings are protected from the harsh elements outside the doors.

No one can predict harsh, fluctuating weather patterns. A climate controlled unit keeps you free from worry no matter how bad conditions get outside.

Keep in mind that if you’re storing personal property that isn’t valuable or storing for a very short period of time, a standard storage unit should get the job done just fine.

If it’s Time to Store Some Stuff

If you’re in or around Augusta, GA and looking to store your items short- or long-term, get in touch with us. Let’s discuss what option works best for you.

If one of our climate controlled storage units makes the most sense, we’d love for you to take a look.


Climate Controlled Storage Units

  1. Having humidity control in your storage unit is definitely worth it. It’s not worth putting your belongings into storage for them to get damaged by mold and corrosion.

  2. That’s really cool that a climate-controlled storage unit will have circulated and clean air 24/7. I want to find somewhere to store a few paintings my grandmother did that I don’t currently have room for in my home. I bet that they would really benefit from clean air. So, I’ll just have to find a climate-controlled storage unit.

  3. My wife and I are thinking about using a storage unit to store out extra stuff while we switch houses, but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest using a climate-controlled storage unit so the moisture doesn’t ruin your belongings. I don’t want to risk ruining our furniture, so we’ll be sure to ask for a climate-controlled unit. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My husband and I are planning on storing some of our extra technology in a storage facility and we are wondering if it would be worth it to go for a climate controlled unit. So thanks for pointing out that keeping our belongings safe from the elements outside is worth the small extra cost. We will definitely be going with a climate-controlled storage unit since we know all of our technology will be kept very safe.

  5. My grandfather is an antique collector. And there are a lot of his collection occupied in our home. I was thinking of moving them to a storage unit. After reading this blog I am thinking of moving them to a Climate Controlled storage unit. So that his collection wouldn’t get damaged and stay the way they are now. Thank You!

  6. I like how you said that even though there is a bit of extra expense when renting a climate controlled storage unit you will be able to have more comfort in where you are storing. My mom just gave us a bunch of pictures and heirlooms that we just don’t have room for in our home. We want everything to stay preserved so I think a unit would be great! If we can keep the climate one temperature that would probably be even better.

  7. That is really nice that a climate controlled unit is completely sealed off from the outdoor elements. I’m glad that there is constantly clean air inside. I have a ton of old artwork and books that I would love to store for now, but I want to make sure they stay safe. A climate controlled unit sounds like a really great option! Thank you for the information!

  8. My mom wants to look into self-storage rates and units for a move that she wants to make soon. She has been asking around for tips and pieces of advice for us to give her. I will let her know that security may cost extra but will be worth it.

  9. I found it interesting that climate controlled storage was useful for storing books and other paper products. I collect hard copy books and love them dearly. It’s great to know that there are storage options out there that will help them last longer.

  10. I like how you said that you should put things like antiques and other delicate belongings in climate-controlled self-storage. My wife’s mom left us a bunch of stuff when she passed away that we don’t have room for in our home. Being able to store it somewhere and know that it is safe would be really helpful. We’ll have to look into this and see what happens!

  11. I like how you talked about how humidity control in storage units can provide extra peace of mind when storing important items. My mom just starting renting a unit to put all her antiques in. I appreciate the information on the benefits of a climate controlled unit.

  12. I didn’t know that some storage unit can help keep dust off of your belongings. My sister is moving and thinks she may need some extra storage. Hopefully, she can find a storage unit in her local area that will work for her.

  13. My wife and I are thinking about storing some stuff while we switch houses, so thanks for sharing this info. I like your point about how you don’t need to worry about mildew with a climate-controlled storage unit. I was worried about leaving paper and wood items, so it’s good to know that the moisture is regulated.

  14. I appreciate you helping me learn more about how climate controlled storage units are kept at an even temperature. Knowing that these types of storage units are below 80 degrees and is above freezing point. I am running out of space in our house and am planning to get a storage unit as soon as I’ve organized my stuff. Most of the things that I’d like to store are artworks and furniture. I will definitely look for storage units that are climate controlled so that I can keep the condition of my stuff. Thanks!

  15. I like that you point out humidity control and how it can affect whether or not you have mildew in your storage unit. I have a lot of wooden furniture that I keep in storage so this is useful to keep in mind. I’ll have to take your advice while I look into a storage unit service that’ll fit my needs. Thank you!

  16. You make a great point that a climate controlled unit is completely sealed off from the outdoor elements, so you don’t have to waste time driving down to let fresh air inside. My husband and I are looking for storage to hold some of our things while we move houses, but I’m not so sure if we need climate controlled storage. I think indoor or outdoor storage would work just fine for us, either way. Thanks for your tips!

  17. I like how you said that paying a little extra for a climate-controlled self-storage unit is worth it because it will bring a bit of peace of mind. My wife and I received a few heirlooms from her mother when she passed away. We want to ensure that we can keep them in good condition, so we’ll have to look into getting a storage unit with climate control.

  18. This is some really good information about personal storage. I am going to be moving in the next few months. It seems like it would be a good idea for me to get a storage unit for all of my stuff. So, I liked what you said about how a climate controlled unit will help keep my stuff sealed off from the elements.

  19. Thank you for pointing out that you might want a temperature controlled unit if you are storing bedding. My sister needs a storage unit. Hopefully, she can find the best one for her family.

  20. I like what you said about how climate-controlled self-storage units will leave your belongings in the exact state you left them, no dust, water, or dirt. My husband and I have to move and the new place is smaller, so we want to make sure we can store our things until we can go through them. Thank you for the information about how a good climate-controlled unit will be contained within a sealed building that is well insulated.

  21. I like how you said that climate controlled storage units are sealed so that not only the temperature stays consistent but also to keep dust out. My wife just inherited some family heirlooms from her mother when she passed away, and we want to keep them in prime condition for as long as possible. We’ll have to look into getting a storage unit so we don’t have to worry about them collecting dust in our basement.

  22. It sure is nice to know that electronics can be safely stored in climate-controlled storage facilities. We are currently on the process of house-hunting for a bigger place. I have an extensive video game console collection, and I really need somewhere I can temporarily store them. It certainly looks like a good climate-controlled storage facility will help me store my prized collection without any problems.

  23. Avoiding the growth of mildew in a storage unit would be very important to me. I would love to get a storage unit that doesn’t grow mildew often. That way I know my stuff can be protected within the storage.

  24. Thank you for explaining why a climate controlled storage unit is beneficial. It’s nice to know that the units can help keep a more even temperature. I’m kind of interested to learn if the temperature can be customized based on what’s stored in the unit.

  25. It is fascinating to me that there are several things about self-storage not accounted for like air quality. The length at a time that people store things means making sure the air is not a breeding ground for bacteria. My sister is thinking of using a unit while she moves and might like this tip.

  26. It’s so cool the climate controlled storage can help keep things like wood and paper in good condition. One of my friends has a lot of artwork, so I think that climate controlled storage might be a great investment for her. What tips do you have for choosing a great storage facility?

  27. Such a great content thanks for sharing this with us. Great Keep It up.

  28. It would be nice to keep dust off of my RV. Maybe I should put my RV in a good storage unit. That is something I would want to do soon.

  29. I like how you stated that if you have a climate controlled storage unit then you don’t have to worry about the growth of mildew on your belongings, or all your belongings developing a terrible smell. I’m moving into an apartment that’s pretty small, so I’m considering getting a storage unit to put the rest of my belongings in because I have way too much stuff for my tiny apartment. I will definitely keep your advice about getting a climate controlled storage unit in mind, and I will definitely consider it because I don’t want my items to get ruined.

  30. That’s good to know that if you use a climate controlled unit it will keep your stuff dust free as well. I am thinking about putting some electronics in storage and I wouldn’t want them to get all dusty. That’s cool that a climate controlled unit will keep both heat and dirt out of your stuff.

  31. I thought it was great how you said that a storage unit can help eliminate the damage to any stored goods. My brother is going to be moving so that he can start a new job, but his new house will not be ready when his current lease is up. It might be a good idea for him to use a storage unit while he waits for his house.

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