When storing your belongings, sometimes a regular storage unit will suit your needs just fine. There are so many options for storage units available today – climate controlled storage options – how do you know when a climate-controlled storage unit is your best option? So what makes the difference in regular vs the climate controlled storage option? Climate-controlled units are different from heated or air-conditioned units in a few ways. While heated units keep things warm when it’s cold outside, and air-conditioned units do the reverse, climate-controlled units do both, keeping your belongings at a safe temperature no matter how high or low the outdoor thermometer goes.
Humidity is the bigger problem… when temperature is controlled, so is humidity.
So there are three MAIN reasons that you should store your things in a climate controlled storage unit. The first one has to do with humidity which is the main element controlled by maintaining a consistent temperature in your storage unit. Of course some of this depends on exactly WHAT you are storing – some items are more effected by humidity than others.
1) Store your items in a climate controlled unit if you live in a place where the humidity level has the potential to spike and/or dip.
If you live in a damp climate or near water, or in a place where the air gets extremely dry, humidity (or lack thereof) is a serious concern. While most people understand the effects of too much humidity—wood furniture and musical instruments can warp, cars and metal appliances can rust, and documents, pictures and fabrics can mold or yellow—remember that too little humidity can damage leather, wood, electronics and other materials as well.
2) Use the climate controlled option if you’re planning to keep items in storage long-term.
No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that the temperature and humidity do not remain consistent 365 days a year. If your belongings will be stored through multiple seasons, then both humidity and temperature are all but guaranteed to fluctuate. Both extremely hot and below-freezing temperatures can damage items, as can swinging between the highs and lows.
3) Climate controlled storage is a MUST if you’re storing important or very valuable belongings.
Maybe they’re expensive, or maybe they’re just valuable to you. Either way, if you’re going to go through the trouble to pay for their safekeeping, you’ll want to go the extra mile to ensure they stay as protected from temperature and humidity extremes as possible. Look here to view a list of items for which we typically recommend climate-controlled storage, but only you know the personal value of your items. As they say, better safe than sorry.
Whether you’re leaning toward a climate-controlled unit or think regular storage will meet your needs, contact Patterson’s Self Storage.
If you live in Waxhaw, Mineral Springs, Wesley Chapel, Indian Trail, Marvin or Weddington we are conveniently located to serve your needs with both regular and climate controlled options.