While traditional storage units are a great option for keeping your belongings safe, The Storage Place offers both non-climate controlled and climate controlled storage units. Depending on what you are storing and for how long you plan to store your belongings, you may want to consider climate-controlled self-storage. To help you decide whether climate control or non-climate control is best for you, we’ll explain how climate control works and the type of belongings that typically require a climate-controlled environment.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STANDARD STORAGE UNIT AND A CLIMATE-CONTROLLED STORAGE UNIT
Standard storage units are normally not climate controlled. Therefore, when you store your items in a standard storage unit, the temperature inside your unit is influenced by the elements. If it’s cold outside, the temperature inside your unit is colder. Similarly, in the warmer months, the temperature will climb in your unit as the temperature rises outside. We all know Texas weather can be unpredictable, items stored in a standard unit may be impacted by extreme fluctuations in temperature.
On the other hand, climate-controlled self-storage ensures that your belongings are kept in a unit that is regulated by a thermostat and it’s our goal that temperatures in our climate control units stay between 64 to 85 degrees. Regardless, your belongings will be stored in much milder temperatures than they would be in a regular unit that is subject to outdoor temperature fluctuation.
WHEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER USING CLIMATE CONTROL STORAGE UNITS
Some of your belongings can tolerate the fluctuating and extreme temperatures. Other items are not recommended to be stored in these conditions including, but not limited to:
- Electronics: Computers, stereos, audio equipment and cameras should not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
- Collectibles: Certain collectibles, like wine, may need to be stored in specific temperature ranges.
- Fine silks and other fabrics: Climate-controlled storage options are best suited for most fabrics .
- Important documents and books: Paper can yellow and degrade in varying temperatures.
- Furniture: Wood can expand, warp, crack and/or break in varying temperatures.
- Expensive or antique furniture is best kept in a climate-controlled environment.
- Certain valuables – artwork, pianos and furs to name a few – require stringent climate conditions and are suitable for climate control storage units.
- It is also important to consider the length of time and time of year you plan to store when making a decision about climate or non-climate storage options. As a general rule, if you would not leave an item in your garage it is probably best not to store it in a non-climate environment.
View our self-storage facilities to find a climate controlled storage unit near you.