What is a Climate Controlled Unit?

As people get older, they accumulate more stuff. Conservative estimates of 25% of all homeowners in the US park their vehicles outside because their garages are used for storage. From a practical standpoint, people should just get rid of stuff they don’t use, but it is seldom as simple as that. Most people would like to keep their belongings, mostly for sentimental reasons. The easy solution is to get a self-storage unit to free up the house and garage, and to safeguard the integrity of valuable antiques and heirlooms.

However, some areas are so humid or hot that items in self-storage units may become damaged from molds or wildly fluctuating temperatures. This is why some storage companies offer climate-controlled units as an option.

The biggest benefit of climate-controlled storage is that they are rainproof and placed above flood levels so water damage is not a problem. In some cases, the units are inside a building, except for those with drive-up access. This minimizes the amount of dust and dirt that may penetrate into the unit, as well as pests and rodents.

In general, a temperature of a climate controlled unit is maintained at just above freezing and no higher than 32°C using indirect temperature and humidity control systems. Ask your specific storage company how they define climate control before committing to paying the rent for a unit. The fees may be high, but definitely a worthwhile investment.

In some cases, storage units are used to keep antiques and family heirlooms safe. A climate-controlled unit minimizes the risk of damage that may occur as a result of regular storage conditions. This damage can significantly reduce the value of the item, so it is worth the extra expense to put them in a unit with climate control. At the very least, you will have peace of mind knowing that your valuables are safe and mold-free.

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