There are many benefits in selecting climate controlled storage over basic and you must consider several factors when deciding whether or not it fits your needs. Here are the top ten reasons to opt for climate control:

  1. Properly storing valuable items can be much less costly than replacing them.
  2. Stay comfortable when you visit your storage unit. Temperatures are typically kept around 75 degrees.
  3. You don’t have to worry about temperature damage or corrosion if belongings remain in storage longer than planned.
  4. You’ll have assurance that sensitive items will be protected from the elements.
  5. You’ll have protection from wood damage caused by extreme temperatures.
  6. You receive a bit more privacy in the interior climate controlled storage units than what is provided by basic drive-up storage units.
  7. You’ll have access to an on-site climate control expert, to help you find the perfect storage solution.
  8. You won’t have to worry about yellowing and degradation of leather, fabric and clothing caused by exposure to heat, cold and the elements.
  9. You’’ have extra protection from flooding and water exposure caused by humidity and rain, as climate controlled storage units are typically enclosed.
  10. There is less dust and dirt in the interior units compared with basic storage areas.

The climate here in Florida can wreak havoc on stored items where daytime temperatures regularly reach scorching highs during the summer. Clearly, that kind of heat is just not good for a lot of items. It can be tough on everything from wood and leather to pictures and videotapes. Some items may crack or warp. Others may yellow, while documents may become unreadable over time. Mold and mildew can also accumulate from the humidity, and rust and corrosion may effect items exposed to moisture.

Climate-controlled storage reduces these risks by using air conditioning units to keep the storage space at a safe, constant temperature. What items can be effected by exposure to temperature extremes and varying humidity?

Here’s a list of items that are particularly sensitive to climate extremes:

  • Antiques
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, posters, etc.)
  • Classic cars
  • Wine
  • Audio equipment
  • Cameras and other photography equipment
  • Computers
  • Stereos
  • Appliances
  • Books
  • Clothing
  • Family heirlooms and history records
  • Cassettes
  • CDs
  • Negatives
  • Photos and photo albums
  • Glass
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Plastics

Clearly, the benefits of climate controlled units outweigh the cost. Anyone storing expensive or irreplaceable items—especially if they hold sentimental or historical value—should consider climate control. So, how do you decide if you need a climate controlled unit? Ask yourself these questions to find out:

  1. Does the temperature where you are storing items drop below 32 degrees or rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit?
  2. Is the storage facility in a high-humidity climate?
  3. Do any of your possessions have high monetary or sentimental value?
  4. Are you storing items for a long period of time?
  5. Are you unsure of how long you will need storage?
  6. Will you need to visit the unit frequently and/or will you need comfortable conditions?

Still unsure if climate controlled storage is right for you? We’d love to help! Contact us today and we’ll help you determine your storage needs.

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