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When you move your belongings into self-storage, you expect them to be in good condition when you return to retrieve them. One way to ensure your possessions stay protected is to invest in a climate-controlled storage unit. Keep in mind that opting for this amenity will likely cost you more than a standard unit would. So how can you tell whether you need to spend that extra money? We've put together this guide on the basics of climate control, so you can decide confidently.
Defining Climate Control
Climate control means something different to every storage company. It always includes the guarantee that your storage unit will remain within a certain temperature range. However, this could mean anywhere between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Generally, your climate-controlled storage unit will be air conditioned during warmer months and heated during cooler months. However, a few facilities will only provide one or the other, not both. For some operators, climate control also means monitoring and regulating humidity levels. The bottom line is that you should always ask a representative at your facility to clarify.
Reasons to Opt for Climate Control
You should consider climate control if your storage needs are long-term. You should also consider it if the natural climate in your area is ever severely hot, cold or humid. If rapid day-to-day temperature changes may occur in your region, climate control might be a good idea.
Certain stored belongings must stay climate-controlled, regardless of outside conditions. One common example is wine storage, which has its own set of unique storage requirements. Other items include musical instruments and recording equipment, paper documents, computers and electronics, wood and leather furniture, photographs, artwork, fabric and antiques. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you plan on storing anything fragile, expensive or sensitive to temperature changes, climate control can give you more peace of mind.
Climate-controlled units are usually in enclosed facility buildings, rather than the standard outdoor storage units that look like small garages. Since they are more insulated from the elements, they are less likely to suffer water damage or experience dust, dirt, mildew and mold. There will also be a lesser possibility that rodents and insects will find their way into your storage unit. Finally, climate-controlled storage units may be more secure, as it's typically less likely that storage theft will occur in a protected building.