Several companies that offer self-storage units have been advertising Climate-controlled units for some time now. Climate-controlled storage units tend to be costlier than the standard storage unit, and are available in a limited number of sizes. Yet, they are highly useful, especially if you want to store your belongings for a long period of time. They are also recommended if you are storing items in an area with extreme cold, heat, or humidity.
However, this article will enlighten you on what you should know about a climate-controlled storage unit and the 17 items that should always be in this type of storage unit.
What Is Climate Controlled Storage?
Climate controlled storage, otherwise known as temperature controlled storage, is a storage unit that is usually designed to maintain steady humidity levels and temperature. Ideally, the temperature will remain constant at between 55 degrees Celcius and 85 degrees Celcius.
Temperature and humidity are important quantities when it comes to optimizing the climate in space. This is because they work together to create moisture. That is more humidity and more heat equal more moisture. Hence, by keeping both humidity and temperature under control, moisture can’t form and your items are protected.
17 Items That Require Climate-Controlled Storage
- Furniture: These include all wooden objects as well as metal, wicker, leather, or upholstery. Anything made with wood.
- Media items like DVDs, videos, vinyl records, etc.
- Important documents
- Musical instruments
- Medical supplies and medications
- Household appliances
- Sports equipment
- Clothing, especially if it is lace or leather, or if it will be stored in bags.
- Metallic objects
- Makeup and toiletries
- Bicycle with leather seats
All these equipment require climate controlled storage because they can react to moisture in different ways. For example, electronics can become rusted and rendering them unusable or dangerous to use later on. Wood, in the presence of moisture, can become warped, cracked, or rotted. And paper items such as photographs can disintegrate or become illegible.
Thus, when trying to decide if an item should be stored in a climate controlled unit or not, ask yourself the following questions:
- What are the chances that it will develop mold or mildew?
- If this comes in contact with moisture will it crack, warp, deteriorate, or become discolored?
- Will it expand or contract if the place becomes too hot?
- Is it supposed to be stored at a fixed temperature (for example, wine)?
- What is the sensitivity of this item to cold or heat?
- How rare, sentimental, and/or valuable is this item?