When going through storage unit options, something you are likely to come across is the term ‘climate controlled’. What is the difference between a storage unit that is climate controlled and one that is not? Do you even need climate controlled storage? In this article, we try to answer this question for you.
Understanding Climate Controlled Storage
Ordinarily, storage units that are not climate controlled do not regulate temperature and humidity. In climate controlled storage units, the facility maintains the level of the temperature and humidity. Do be careful to note whether the unit is climate controlled or not. If a storage facility only uses the term ‘temperature controlled’, it is likely that the facility does not control the humidity.
The reason that one may opt for climate control is to avoid any damage that may be caused to your belongings because of the cold, heat, or humidity.
There is no standard for what it means to be climate controlled, so the best thing to do is speak to someone at the storage facility and find out.
Do I need Climate Controlled Storage?
Whether or not you need climate controlled storage depends on multiple factors: what items you are storing, where these items are being stored, and how long you plan on storing the items there.
Typically, there are some items that should be stored in a climate controlled facility:
- Collectible items like art, antique pieces, wine
- Documents, paperwork, and books
- Electronic devices such as televisions, cameras, phones, and laptops
- Any musical instruments
- Any medical supplies & equipment, and medication
- Toiletries and cosmetics
- Bedding and mattresses
- Metal, wood, or leather items
- Fabric or upholstery
Depending on where you are storing your items, you may need climate control. If you are storing in a place where the humidity tends to be high, for instance, it is best to opt for climate control. High humidity increases the chances of rust and corrosion, pests, and mold. Similarly, if the place faces extreme temperatures – hot or cold – climate controlled options are best.
How long you will be storing your belongings is another important factor when it comes to deciding whether you should use a climate controlled facility or not. If you are only storing your items for a few weeks, it is okay to opt for storage that is not controlled for climate. However, if you will be storing for a year or longer, it is preferable to go for climate control.