by Abby Bramski of Storage Post

Temperature and climate conditions aren’t things most people think about before renting self-storage units, but they are crucial when you consider how long your items are going to be sitting inside a unit. The same way you wouldn’t leave perishable food items sitting out on the counter for more than a few days is the same way you should think about climate-controlled storage for your items.

Climate-controlled storage is one of the more recent developments in self-storage, brought on by new technologies in air quality control. Some storage facilities still only offer this as a special amenity, but more locations are increasingly making it a standard feature. Facility operators have realized that most objects, no matter what they’re made of, are prone to react based on the temperature and effects of weather outside.

You may be thinking, “If my items are stored inside a facility, why does it matter what the outside temperature is?” It matters because of the stuff you’re storing and where you’re storing it. Let’s say you live in a region that experiences extreme seasons, meaning you get really cold winters and extra-hot summers. As you make plans to live abroad for a year, you want a place to store your apartment’s leather furniture set. While it’s unlikely that the couch will freeze over from the snow outside, it may experience a change in quality as the material tenses up in the cold and loosens with the heat absorbed by the unit’s standard metal structure. Renting a climate-controlled self-storage unit keeps temperatures at regulated levels by adjusting to the exterior temperature. In other words, your furniture stays slightly warm in the winter and cooler during the summer, ultimately achieving a uniform temperature all year-round.

Temperature isn’t the only thing climate control manages. Levels of humidity, dust and general air quality are all features that climate control regulates as well. Maintaining a balanced humidity level is highly important, as it helps prevent mildew and mold from forming on your possessions. Dust, while not entirely avoidable, can be managed by climate control systems to prevent small pests like dust mites from gathering and feeding on your objects (who wouldn’t want to avoid that?).

By now it should be clear: Maintaining the proper climate in self-storage units is vital to the welfare of your possessions. No matter what you plan on storing or how long you plan to store it, getting a climate-controlled unit is a smart idea. It may come with an additional cost at some locations, but it’s well worth it to have assurance that your items will come out in the same condition as they were going in.

Abby Bramski has worked in public relations for Storage Post for two years. This is her first position in the self-storage industry, and she’s learning something every day.