Climate controlled storage units tend to be a bit pricier than standard storage units, and may only be available in a limited number of sizes. And yet, they have a lot of utility, especially if you are storing certain types of items or intend to store your belongings for a long period of time. They are also recommended if you are storing items in an area with extreme heat, cold, or humidity.

A lot can happen to your stuff while it’s sitting in storage. Moisture build up, extreme temperatures, and pests are the most common concerns, and rightfully so. How then do you make sure your items are in the same condition when you pick them up as they were when you dropped them off? Climate control.

Below, we’ll go over the basics that you should know about climate controlled storage, plus the 17 items that should always be in this type of storage unit.

What is Climate Controlled Storage?

Climate controlled storage, sometimes referred to as temperature controlled storage, is a type of storage unit that is specially designed to maintain steady temperatures and humidity levels. Typically, the temperature will remain stagnant at between 55 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Climate controlled storage is most often found at storage facilities with indoor storage units, though it is worth asking an outdoor or drive-up storage facility if they have climate controlled options.

Temperature and humidity are important metrics when it comes to optimizing the climate in a space because they work together to create moisture. More heat and more humidity equal more moisture; meanwhile, more humidity means more heat in the air (and less humidity means less heat in the air). Keeping both temperature and humidity controlled and steady means that moisture can’t form and your items stay protected.

Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage

Pretty much all items in storage will benefit from climate control, but some truly need it. These are the big ones.

  • Furniture (anything made of or containing wood, metal, wicker, leather, or upholstery)
  • Other items made out of the materials listed above
  • Electronics
  • Media (DVDs, videos, vinyl records, etc.)
  • Artwork
  • Clothing, particularly if it’s lace or leather, or if it’s going to be stored in bags
  • Important documents
  • Photographs
  • Musical instruments
  • Wine
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles (stamps, coins, comic books, etc.)
  • Medical supplies and medications
  • Makeup and toiletries
  • Household appliances
  • Sports equipment
  • Bicycles with leather seats

Why these items require climate controlled storage becomes more clear once you start to think about how they react with moisture. Wood, for example, can become warped, cracked, or rotted from moisture exposure, while leather can become discolored and is susceptible to mold and mildew. Electronics, on the other hand, can become cracked or rusted, rendering them unusable or dangerous to use later on. And paper items (including photographs) can actually disintegrate, or become otherwise illegible.

When trying to decide if an item should be stored in a climate controlled unit, ask yourself the following questions about it:

  • Can it get mold or mildew?
  • Can it warp, crack, deteriorate, or become discolored from interactions with moisture?
  • Would high heat cause it to expand or contract?
  • Is it designed to be stored at a certain temperature (for example, wine or artwork)?
  • Is it sensitive to extreme heat or cold?
  • Is it rare, sentimental, and/or valuable?

If your answer to any of the above questions is yes, then it is going to be in your best interest to rent a climate controlled storage unit.

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