Just because your items are in a unit, their protection and longevity aren't always guaranteed. When it comes to storage, you've got two options.
Traditional or climate controlled storage.
But what is the distinct difference between a traditional and climate-controlled storage unit? What sets them apart?
Don't worry. We're here to provide guidance when deciding which type of unit is best for you.
How Do You Decide?
Both types of storage pose different pros and cons when deciding on which to rent.
All in all, it comes down to what you are storing, your budget and how long you plan on leaving stuff inside of the unit.
So where do you start?
Traditional Storage Unit
A traditional unit is pretty cut-and-dry. There's no fancy additions or special qualities. Because of the basic functions of the unit, it’s difficult to protect your belongings from weather and temperature alterations.
Depending on what you're storing, this could have detrimental effects on your possessions. When considering renting a traditional storage unit, make sure that your stuff can withstand the weather changes.
Depending on the size and the location of the unit, traditional units are usually cheaper than climate controlled storage units.
Climate Controlled Storage Unit
Always changing temperatures and weather can have a direct effect on your belongings.
Between the hot and cold cycles, mold can grow, materials can become warped and can cause overall unnecessary wear-and-tear.
The advantage of renting a climate controlled storage unit is that your belongings won't experience or be subjected to harsh weather conditions. Using a climate controlled unit could prevent future destruction and loss of your loved items.
Climate controlled units are temperature controlled to stay under 90 degrees, above freezing and at a humidity level of 55% or less.
A few items that could benefit from climate control are computers, mattresses, clothes, documents, antiques, art, furniture, and musical instruments.
If you're planning on storing something along those lines, it might be in your best interest to rent a climate controlled unit.
How Do You Pick?
A lot of different factors can go into choosing a storage unit.
What is your budget you feel comfortable spending on a unit? Climate control is often offered as a 'premium'. This premium can usually range from a 35%-50% increase in the price of the unit.
Always remember, if you're storing expensive items, the cost of a climate controlled unit is much less than the cost to replace all of your valuables if found damaged.
Length of Time
If you're storing your possessions for short durations of time, then the extra expense might not be worth it.
But if you plan on keeping expensive one-of-a-kind keepsakes in your unit for long periods of time, a climate controlled storage unit will be right up your alley. These items need to be protected from the ever-changing weather that could cause damage if left in a traditional unit.
Climate controlled units are also enclosed so they can offer reassuring benefits for long-term storage like protection from pests, dirt and dust.
Another thing to consider is where you're located and where your unit is located. If you live in a southern state where it is always hot and humid, it's safe to assume that your things will be subjected to that weather.
Some areas experience both extreme highs and lows in temperatures and unpredictable flooding, so don’t wait until it’s too late to decide if climate controlled storage is right for you.
There You Have it!
There are quite a few different things to consider when deciding between traditional and climate controlled storage.
Keep in mind how much you’re willing to spend, how long you’re going to be storing and location of the unit. Know you’re needs and choose wisely, picking the correct storage unit could save you tons of money and headache in the end.
If you’re still unsure about which is right for you, contact us today to find a storage unit near you!