Are you looking to store items and researching what type of storage unit works for you? You will probably see the option of climate-controlled or not. While a climate-controlled unit might cost you more, there are benefits that you might want to consider to keep your items in good quality.
What is a climate-controlled storage unit?
To know whether you need a climate-controlled unit or not, it is important to understand what exactly one is compared to a normal unit.
A normal storage unit will have whatever temperature and humidity the outside climate causes it to. On the other hand, climate-controlled will allow for both the temperature and humidity to be regulated inside the unit.
There are only some that are just temperature controlled which does not regulate humidity. This is something to be aware of because high humidity allows for higher risk of rust, mold or corrosion.
While there isn’t a universal standard for the exact temperature and humidity level the units will be kept at, it should be between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit with 55% humidity. You can find out the specifics of your unit through the self storage company you choose.
What is the typical temperature in your area?
One of the biggest factors to consider when you are looking for self-storage is what climate you’re located in. Extreme hot and cold temperatures can affect the quality of your items if they are not in a regulated environment.
If you are in the south U.S you may want to consider the effects of the high humidity and high temperatures. The extreme cold in the northern United States can also have an effect on your storage unit.
What items are you storing?
While knowing your location’s climate is important, you mostly need to think about what items you are storing in order to make the decision on what type of unit to get. If your items are susceptible to discoloring, cracking or warping in extreme humidity or temperature you should get a climate-controlled unit.
Some at-risk items include wood, electronics, art, delicate fabrics, papers, records and wine. These items are more likely to grow mold, warp or rust in unregulated environments. While all parts of items might not be at risk, it is important to fully be aware of what you are putting in the unit.
If you are only storing your items for a couple of months, they could be at less of a risk to be affected by the climate. However, if you are planning on storing sensitive items for longer than three months the risk is increased, and you should most likely get a controlled unit.
Where can I get a climate-controlled storage unit?
If you have assessed what items you are storing, the temperature of your area, and how long you are storing your items you should be ready to make a decision how what type of unit you want!
Noah’s Ark Self Storage is here to help with your self-storage. Contact us today to find the unit that fits your needs.