The Benefits of Climate-Controlled Storage

There is a certain transition in our lives when we’ll need more than just a basic self-storage unit. When you’re moving house or your charming, small apartment doesn’t quite fit all your belongings anymore, you can turn to us. If you’re looking for the perfect unit, read this article to learn all the benefits of climate-controlled storage. Maybe it will be a perfect match for you, but first, let’s see if such an upgrade is absolutely necessary. You may have decided you need a storage unit, but the real question is — should you go for a climate-controlled one? Will the benefits of climate-controlled storage be worth the additional fee? Read on to find out.

Here are some benefits of climate-controlled storage that will help you find the most suitable solution for your unique situation.

Climate controlled storage units have an option to maintain a consistent temperature. It is an advantage all year round no matter what the conditions outside of it are. Some facilities can offer improved humidity control as well. While these options may not really save you money, they do offer more protection when it comes to storing certain valuables. And that is important for any owner’s peace of mind.

Lap top, cell phone, sunglasses on a desk
Extreme temperatures can damage items like electronics, documents, and other valuables.

Basic self-storage is good enough for many different households, business, or yard objects. However, one of the amazing benefits of climate-controlled storage is the very important protection and preserving sensitive items like antiques, musical instruments, electronics, or fine art. If you’re going to be keeping these goods in storage, you should consider all the advantages of a climate-controlled unit, because you will find several offerings on the market:

  • Temperature Controlled Storage Units
  • Humidity-Controlled Storage Units
  • Heated Storage Units
  • Air Cooled Storage Units
  • Air Conditioned Storage Units 

1. Protection from extreme temperatures

In many parts of our country, temperatures often rise above 100 degrees in the summer. Then they drop below freezing during the winter. If you live in an area like Brooklyn, which suffers drastic temperature changes, protecting your items from the conditions is a necessity. Art, instruments and wooden objects are especially sensitive to the damaging effects of extreme temperatures.

Delicate items like wood furniture, antiques, and musical instruments can experience warping, splitting, or cracking. This is caused by the constant oscillations in temperature. Additionally, items like paintings, books, and business records are also susceptible to damage due to the highs and lows of temperature fluctuations.

In order to prevent these damages from happening climate-controlled storage units maintain a consistent temperature. Contorting of wood and fine arts is avoided between the temperature of above freezing and below 80 or 90 degrees.

Items that we would recommend the most to reap the benefits of climate-controlled storage:

  • Antiques, especially wood furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Mattresses
  • Books and magazines, and photo albums full of memories
  • Any type of electronics
  • Important documents
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Vinyl records 

2. Another benefit of climate-controlled units is great air quality

It’s easy to overlook the importance of air quality when shopping for storage units. A basic storage unit isn’t airtight unlike an indoor climate-controlled unit is. Since climate-controlled storage facilities are made to continuously circulate the air, it can remain clean. This will save you time and stress, as well as a tedious trip to your unit. Because it won’t be necessary for you to open it every now and then just to get some fresh air inside. When it comes to storing sensitive electronics or documents, air quality should be high on your priority list.

3. Upgraded units have an additional barrier from dust and debris

One of the benefits of climate-controlled storage units is that they are often located in buildings that have sealed and insulated roofs, walls, and floors. As a result, these units will not be susceptible to smaller amounts of flooding or tracked in dirt. And since they’re indoors, there is a much lower chance for rodents or insects finding their home between your stored goods.

The amazing news is that you’ll have less dust and debris constantly making its way into your unit. You’ll always find your items just the way you left them. Whether you come back after a week, a year, or a decade.

4. You’ll have to pay an additional fee for added peace of mind

We’re not going to lie. Benefits of climate-controlled storage come at a higher cost than a standard self-storage unit. This higher rate is usually insignificant and in most cases overshadowed by the stress-free move you’re getting. You’ll have better peace of mind knowing you’re keeping your items away from extreme seasonal changes and weather-related troubles.

Sports memorabilia
However, if you only need storage for non-valuable items for a short period of time, traditional storage is a better and more affordable option.

5. Choose Humidity Control for Even More Protection

Another benefit of the climate control storage facility is the humidity control feature. Not all facilities have it, but if you have very delicate items, you should find one. Some regions suffer drastic changes in humidity with seasonal changes.

Likewise, your belongings will remain damp during the entire fall and spring seasons if you don’t opt for the benefits of climate-controlled storage. Again, dampness can promote mildew growth which leads to serious and fast deterioration of your items. With excessive moisture, it doesn’t really matter what you’re storing anymore. If your items stay in a humid environment without any circulation in the air for long, mildew and water damage are inevitable.

On the other hand, not having humidity in the air at all will cause wood to dry out, craze, and splinter. Dryness in the air is especially damaging to musical instruments, electronics, and wine.

Climate controlled storage units
Note that some humidity-controlled storage units are available without climate control.

Conclusion

Residents in New York know a thing or two about running out of space. Sometimes it’s good to declutter without getting rid of your belongings for good. If you’re low on space and want to protect your items short or long term, contact your movers and opt for the benefits of climate-controlled storage units. If you want to use a unit for antique furniture, then humidity control is extremely important for you. When there’s too much moisture in the room, sensitive items can warp, crack, or rot.

 

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