When it comes to storing your belongings, choosing the size of your storage unit isn’t the only decision you’ll need to make. If you’re renting with a climate-controlled storage facility like Stor-It, then you’ll also need to decide whether you want to reserve a climate-controlled storage unit.
But what exactly is climate-controlled storage, and what belongs in it? And is that kind of unit the right choice for you? Follow our guide below to find out all the ins and outs of climate-controlled self storage.
When a storage facility offers climate control, it means specific storage units have fixed temperature and humidity levels.
If you have a storage unit that doesn’t include climate control, your unit (and your belongings inside) can be subjected to high and low temperatures. For instance, on a hot summer day, the temperature in a non-climate controlled unit can easily rise 30 degrees higher than the outside temperature. So if it’s 90 degrees F outside, it could be a whopping 120 degrees F in your unit, meaning your belongings are exposed to that temperature, too.
The same goes for a cold day, by the way. If the temperatures are frigid outside, you can expect it to be chilly inside your non-climate controlled unit as well.
To combat outside temperatures, heated and air-conditioned storage units maintain a specific temperature range in your unit at all times. Usually, the temperature is fixed between 55 and 85 degrees F to avoid extreme temperatures from interfering with your belongings. After all, some sensitive items cannot be exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures. For example, extreme heat can rust, warp, and melt some materials, while extreme cold can expand and crack them.
Managing the humidity levels of your storage unit is another important aspect when storing your items. This is because too much humidity can lead to corrosion, rusting, dampness, and even mold. In fact, cardboard boxes are prone to getting soggy when exposed to high humidity levels. But with a humidity-controlled storage unit, the humidity levels are fixed to maintain a balanced level of moisture in the air.
These units have many of the same storage features as non-climate controlled units, too. At Stor It, climate-controlled storage units are available in a variety of sizes with 24/7 access. You’ll find ones with wide driveway access, roll-up or standard entry doors, and free locks. What’s more, they’re located in a fenced storage facility with night lights and video surveillance.
Not all of your items require an AC storage unit, but some may. Look at the material of your belongings and determine if they are particularly sensitive to extreme temperatures. For example, items made of leather, wood, plastic, metal, upholstery, wicker, and paper often prefer temperature-controlled environments.
As for specific items that may need climate control, consider storing the following in an AC and heated storage unit:
If you’re looking for climate-controlled storage near you, you’re in luck. Here at Stor-It, we feature climate-controlled storage facilities all around the great state of Idaho, including Boise, Caldwell, Meridian, and Nampa. And the best part? We make it easier than ever to find and reserve a storage unit near you.
You can contact us online, email us at email@example.com, call us at 1-866-278-6748, or visit one of our many on-site storage locations to speak with a manager in person. With so many convenient climate-controlled storage units near you, it’s never been easier to book the ideal unit for you and your needs. Contact us today to make your reservation!