If you're thinking of getting a storage unit to hold some of your extra possessions, you need to stop and look at climate controlled storage units first.
A lot of the things you're putting in storage probably need to be in a climate controlled environment to keep them in good condition, even if you don't realize it.
Take a look at the benefits of climate controlled storage and when you really need it.
How Does Climate Controlled Storage Help?
Storage units are affected by weather, meaning if it's wet outside, your possessions will be exposed to the damp. If it's hot outside, they will have to sit through the heat. This kind of weather can damage your items.
For example, a book left in a normal storage unit for too long can start to mold, shrivel up, or turn yellow when exposed to damp. If you have vintage furniture or antiques that are old and delicate, they could become ruined if you keep them in the wrong kind of storage.
Storage that is climate controlled preserves your belongings. These facilities even have an added barrier that prevents dust and dirt from building up like it does in other storage units.
When you get back to pick up your items, they'll be in the same condition you left them in.
What Kind of Items Benefit from Climate Control?
The short answer is anything that can be damaged by heat or moisture. That means a lot more items than you probably originally thought should be stored in a climate-controlled environment.
Here's a short list of things you shouldn't put in a normal storage unit:
· Anything made of paper (family pictures, important documents, books, etc.)
· Candles (so they don't melt and the colors don't blend)
· Camera film
· Cosmetics (like makeup and especially lipstick)
· Paintings (the colors could fade, or the paint could start peeling from the canvas)
· Electronics (computers, laptops, TVs, phones, etc.)
· DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, and any other media
· Instruments (violin, guitar, flute, drums, etc.)
· Furniture made of leather, metal, or wood
· Furniture with fabric upholstery
· Medications or other medical supplies
All these items, and even more, benefit from this kind of controlled storage.
When Do I Need Storage That's Climate Controlled?
Even if you have to store these items, you may not need to go out of your way to keep them in a climate controlled environment every time. It depends on how long you need to store them and during what time of year.
If you're only storing these items for a week or two during a time when the weather isn't too extreme, putting them in a normal storage unit should be fine.
If you need to store these items for much longer, especially during the winter or summer, you should definitely consider controlled climate storage.
The Benefits of Climate Control
Storage units that are climate controlled have good air quality (meaning you don't have to open them once in a while just to let in fresh air) and safe temperatures. Your items are safe from molding, fading, wrinkling, and other damage.
Need help finding climate controlled storage for your possessions? Contact us and we can get you the help you need.