The Differences Between Standard Outdoor Storage Units and Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Many people do not know the differences between traditional storage units and climate-controlled storage units. Depending on the location, the temperature inside a traditional storage unit can vary widely. This is not an issue if someone stores things not affected by cold or heat, but temperature extremes can damage some items. Since the list of items that should use climate controlled units is well developed, we have listed out when to use standard outdoor storage units and indoor climate controlled units. If you have any belongings that match items recommended for climate control units, then outside traditional storage units may not be appropriate for you.


Climate-Controlled Storage Units: What Are They?

Climate-controlled storage units keep indoor temps and humidity mild or constant. It’s like having air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter and humidity control year-round. Indoor storage units without climate control can still protect a person’s belongings from the elements, but humidity and temperature are not regulated.

How To Choose When Climate-Controlled Storage Units Are Needed?

Many household items can safely be stored in traditional storage units, but some things are not safe in temperature extremes. Items that should receive indoor climate-controlled storage include, but are not limited to:

– Delicate wooden furniture and antiques such as grandfather clock
– Leather items such as furniture, belts, boots and coats
– Electronics and appliances, as moisture and heat can damage circuitry in things like TVs, stereos and computers
– Books, as heat and moisture degrade paper and bindings
– Musical instruments, to preserve quality and tone
– Wine, as flavor may change with temperature fluctuations
– Photos, as they may degrade with high heat and moisture

As many people already believe, anything you would not want to risk being damaged or destroyed should be stored at home. However, for things that must be stored at an ideal temperature all year long, a climate-controlled storage unit provides an ideal solution.

Most people only rent self-storage units when they run out of room at home, or when they move into a smaller house or apartment. It can be difficult to decide whether it’s necessary to rent a climate-controlled unit, but the tips above can help you make an informed decision. If it’s something that would otherwise be stored at home because of high humidity and heat, a climate-controlled unit may be the right choice. If what you will be storing is not at risk of damage from the elements, listed above, or you want to more protection, then traditional storage units may not be your answer.

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Traditional units are very convenient, especially if you’ve got bulk items or lots of items that you need stored. As long as you do not need protection from the weather, traditional units will be more economical than their indoor counterparts, and you’re certain to have more than enough space.

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Protect your items from the elements

Climate controlled storage units keep indoor temps and humidity constant. It’s like having air conditioning in the summer, heat in the winter and humidity control year-round. While the cost may be a little more, the protecting your items from damage is top of line.

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It’s difficult to know how much space you need when storing your belongings. We’ve compiled some simple ways to match the correct storage size to your needs. Read our Size Guide to help determine the right amount of space you need to store your bulk items.

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